Hope and Resiliency: Understanding the Psychotherapeutic Strategies of Milton H. Erickson, MD / Edition 1

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One would expect that writing over 300 professional papers and hypnotizing over 30,000 subjects would make Erickson, who is probably best known for his contributions to hypnosis, family therapy and brief therapy, the subject of much intense study. Here his philosophy gets a much broader treatment than normally found in books about his techniques and theories. The authors, all experts in Erickson studies, begin with a brief biography and then turn to his ideas about the human condition, mental health and healing, and the role of clinician. They then describe his six core strategies, including distraction, partitioning, progression, suggestion, reorientation and utilization. They close with information on putting the knowledge of Erickson's approach to use, including in self-development exercises. The list of references is especially helpful for those who wish to read in further detail. Annotation © 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904424932
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword iii
Preface xi
A Biographical Sketch of Milton H. Erickson xv
Overview xv
Family background xvi
Childhood xvii
Late adolescence xvii
Professional beginnings xx
Post-polio syndrome xxii
The later years xxiv
Part I Foundations of Healing and Health 1
Chapter 1 Introduction 3
Chapter 2 The Human Condition 7
Chapter 3 Mental Health and Healing 15
Chapter 4 The Role of the Clinician 21
Chapter 5 A Philosophical Framework 27
Summary 32
Part II Clinical Strategies 33
Chapter 6 Introduction to the Six Core Strategies 35
Chapter 7 Distraction 41
Red herring 45
Questioning and presupposition 47
Emphasis on detail 49
Therapeutic amnesia 51
The general application of distraction 54
Chapter 8 Partitioning 57
Symptom definition 59
Formal diagnosis 60
Prognostic splitting 63
Dividing conscious 67
Dissection 73
Partitioning of time and space 75
The general application of partitioning 78
Chapter 9 Progression 81
Geometric progression 86
Progressive desensitization 89
Pattern interruption 93
Cognitive progression 97
Forward progression 103
The general application of progression 105
Chapter 10 Suggestion 109
Cooperation versus control 115
Direct suggestion 118
Indirect suggestion 122
Permissive suggestion 129
Interspersal and repetition 133
The confusion technique 139
The general application of suggestion 147
Chapter 11 Reorientation 153
Insight 157
Reframing 161
Externalization 168
Reorientation in time 175
The general application of reorientation 181
Chapter 12 Utilization 185
Simple bind 191
Double bind 196
Utilization of a minor problem 207
Symptom prescription 209
General application of utilization 218
Chapter 13 Conclusion 221
About the book 221
Contraindications 223
Putting the knowledge to use 224
Appendix A Self-Development Exercises 227
Distraction 227
Partitioning 228
Progression 230
Suggestion 232
Reorientation 233
Utilization 234
References 237
Index 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2006

    Hope and Resiliency

    This is a wonderful book. I had the sense while reading it that I was in Erickson¿s office and just listening to him talk. This is a consequence of an informal narrative style wherein the book contains many case studies, comments by Erickson, and comments by his daughters and Short. I have not seen some of these studies and commentaries before, and they shed a new and continuingly interesting light on this remarkable man and his works. There are gems like, ¿Let patients know that they are going to be cured and that it will take place within them.¿ And ¿Often in psychotherapy a change of reference is all that is needed.¿ and ¿Erickson¿s philosophy of healing was characterized by his attention to the goodness of the patient¿s mind and body.¿ The heart of the book centers around organizing Erickson¿s contributions under the categories of: distraction, partitioning, progression, suggestion, reorientation, and utilization. Although it is next to impossible to characterize or systematize Erickson¿s work in simple packets, this organization does lend itself to a useful set of guidelines to the man and his work. This book is highly recommended as it provides the reader with some unique perspectives on Erickson¿s work, his way of working, and many practical ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    A look at gr and A look at the grand master

    This book will change how look at every thing

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