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  • ISBN-13: 9780967911397
  • Publisher: Radiant Dolphin Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2006

    Helpful and Instructive!

    This book CD package from well-known authors and psychologists Annellen Simpkins PhD and C. Alexander Simpkins PhD takes you step by step into hypnosis and then shows you how to use it for all types of situations women face. The book also answered my questions about hypnosis as a method to use. 'Self-Hypnosis for Women made hypnosis so accessible and doable that this method has become a useful tool for me. I highly recommend this book and Cd combination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    Self-Hypnosis for Women

    Self Hypnosis for Women is a well-written book that fills a very important void in the field of psychotherapy. In this book Alexander Simpkins PhD and Annellen M. Simpkins PhD offer very useful information about hypnosis and research as well as suggestions and trance inductions aimed at the female population. Part One is ¿trance inducing¿ itself since readers can find a picture of Mesmer hypnotizing women in the 18th Century in the painting ¿Le Racquet de Monsieur Mesmer on Réprésentation fidelle de Magnetisme Animal¿. This first section addresses frequently asked questions regarding hypnosis, and a good example of this is ¿Will I come out of hypnosis?¿ where there is emphasis on the nature of hypnosis as an everyday process such as sleep. Here, as authors explain, ¿you will always awaken from hypnosis just as you inevitably awaken from sleep.¿ ¿The Story of Hypnosis¿ in Chapter Two, includes information about the early origins of hypnosis when Anton Mesmer (1734-1815), developed a theory about animal magnetism. To his view, this force could influence healing if properly channeled and guided. It is also possible to find references to the use of hypnosis as a method that was used by reputable physicians during their medical practice. Surgeons such as James Esdaile (1808-1859) used Magnetism at a government hospital in Calcutta, India as the sole anesthesia for thousands of small surgeries and hundreds of major surgeries. As a dentist, I liked finding information about James Braid¿s (1795-1860), experiments where he observed subjects¿ behaviors as he recognized phenomena that could be used with therapeutic potential. There are references to other author¿s investigations such as the ones performed by Jean Martin Charcot (1835-1893), who was interested in approaching hypnosis in a strictly scientific manner. He is also known for studying hysteria as a ¿pathological reaction in women¿ ¿ as he named it ¿ and one of the benefits of his careful adherence to the scientific methods was that he won approval from the French Academy of Sciences in 1882. This led to the open practice of hypnosis by many reputable practitioners. As a therapist, I have many times met people who reject the use of hypnosis because they believe only charlatans and stage hypnotists use it. One of the things I really liked was finding how the Simpkins brilliantly provide data that can help readers first know about the story of hypnosis in the chapters ¿The Story of Hypnosis¿ and ¿Modern History and Research¿. As one keeps reading it is also possible to learn about research methods performed by Milton H. Erickson (1901-1980) such as the ones about responsiveness. This part can help the novice clarify doubts and misbeliefs. A section about Erickson¿s naturalistic approach can help readers see hypnosis as a natural everyday process. Utilization, one of the basic principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, is also explained simply and clearly. As the authors state, we can ¿utilize our personal experiences through memories, sensations, and perceptions to help activate responses.¿ Part Two, ¿Suggestion and Trance¿, helps readers understand what suggestions are and how they can be used. A good example of this is the ¿Traditional Ideomotor Exercise¿ where there is a script for experiencing an ideomotor trance. As William James stated, ¿the ideomotor effect occurs naturally when thoughts, images, or experiences are automatically translated into body experiences, movements, or sensations¿. The book also includes a section for ¿Working with Trance¿ in Chapter Six where several types of trances are shown, so here one can read about how sensations change during a trance state where it is possible to experience heaviness, lightness, warmth or coolness among other things. There is also reference to other phenomena such as Visual Halluc

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    A masterfully crafted guide to self-guidance

    In Self-Hypnosis for Women C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins have created an instrument, a book and CD combination tailored to both the novice and the familiar practitioner of hypnosis. The Simpkins have masterfully crafted this guide to self-guidance weaving explanation and experience throughout the written and spoken words. Provided are tools useful in addressing a wide array of events familiar to most on the journey of being human. While true to its title, Self-Hypnosis for Women, offering examples of utilization directly fashioned to 'experiences' idiosyncratic to women: menstruation, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and menopause, the title of this work belies its more universal 'applicability' to components of life common to both women and men: self image pain management overcoming fear and anxiety, and finding personal balance. The book is prefaced with instructions on gaining the most benefit for individual readers. Those who may wish to skip over the more basic instructions are advised to begin their journey in later chapters. Those who are new to the practice of hypnosis, or enjoy viewing the history and techniques from others' perspectives are offered just that in the earlier chapters. The story of hypnosis, and the modern history and research of hypnosis take the readers back to the early stages of identified systematic trancework, from Mesmer, Charcot and Freud, to the contributions of Hilgard, Hull, and Milton H. Erickson they then procede to accompany the participant on the journey through current and future directions, including their own paths, on which they are about to embark. The Simpkins define suggestion as 'a process by which a stimulus is accepted and then transformed through unconscious processing into an action, experience, attitude or concept. (p.45)' This presentation of suggestion sets the stage for an environment conducive to the development of a personal ability to self-guide. Together, the book and CD promote the utilization of both conscious and unconscious processes as learning tools, assisting in the transformation from less popular emotions such as fear or sadness to components of life which offers guidance and assistance. Specific hypnotic techniques, are explained, and accompanied by exercises which give the audience an immediate opportunity to begin experiencing and tailoring that procedure. The framework for these exercises is the suggestion of an 'experiment' with that particular technique, creating an environment for the learner to safely attempt each new activity with no possibility of failure. The only opportunity not offered is that of incompetence. There is only a place to try, adjust, and retry each experiment until the reader fashions their own skill set based on personal significance and comfort. More than a 'bonus' the accompanying CD is a work of art on its own. Again, mixing explanation with experiential learning, this auditory tool incorporates fractalization as a teaching method, to assist the listener in entering and returning from graduated levels of trance exploration. A vast canvas is provided, upon which the hypnotic partner can create motor, auditory and visual experiences with encouragement and assistance, rather than direction or interference, a respectful approach not always found in 'self-hypnosis' recordings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    Self-Hypnosis for Women

    ..... I found the book 'Self-Hypnosis for Women' and its accompanying CD to be extremely well-crafted and useful. As the authors say, hypnosis is a time-honored, well researched tradition - and they are deeply knowledgeable of its history and its many applications. This is a book for all seasons of a woman's life, whether she is just beginning life on her own, or as a young mother as well as in her midlife or harvest years. Every woman (and the person who loves her) should have this book, learn from it and use it often!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    Self-Hypnosis for Women

    This book answered many of my questions about self- hypnosis and reassured me that it is a safe and powerful method that I can use to help myself. I learned alot about what hypnosis is and how the scientific community thinks it works. Then the book carefully guides in how to use trance and suggestion. I was paricularly interested in applying it for weight and confidence, and I must say that it really has helped me. There are many other applications included, such as for moods, anxiety, childbirth, menopause, and menstruation. Hypnosis can really help you get control of your own mind and make it work for you. And this book teaches you how to gently but definitely develop a positive relationship with your inner mind. The CD was especially helpful in going into trance. An unexpected benefit was when I used the CD at night to get a sound sleep. Now I can sleep better than ever. So if you have an interest in learning to use self-hypnosis, I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    Self-Hypnosis for Women

    In Self-Hypnosis for Women C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins have created an instrument, a book and CD combination tailored to both the novice and the familiar practitioner of hypnosis. The Simpkins have masterfully crafted this guide to self-guidance weaving explanation and experience throughout the written and spoken words. Provided are tools useful in addressing a wide array of events familiar to most on the journey of being human. While true to its title, Self-Hypnosis for Women, offering examples of utilization directly fashioned to ¿experiences¿ idiosyncratic to women: menstruation, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and menopause, the title of this work belies its more universal ¿applicability¿ to components of life common to both women and men: self image pain management overcoming fear and anxiety, and finding personal balance. The book is prefaced with instructions on gaining the most benefit for individual readers. Those who may wish to skip over the more basic instructions are advised to begin their journey in later chapters. Those who are new to the practice of hypnosis, or enjoy viewing the history and techniques from others¿ perspectives are offered just that in the earlier chapters. The story of hypnosis, and the modern history and research of hypnosis take the readers back to the early stages of identified systematic trancework, from Mesmer, Charcot and Freud, to the contributions of Hilgard, Hull, and Milton H. Erickson they then procede to accompany the participant on the journey through current and future directions, including their own paths, on which they are about to embark. The Simpkins define suggestion as ¿a process by which a stimulus is accepted and then transformed through unconscious processing into an action, experience, attitude or concept. (p.45)¿ This presentation of suggestion sets the stage for an environment conducive to the development of a personal ability to self-guide. Together, the book and CD promote the utilization of both conscious and unconscious processes as learning tools, assisting in the transformation from less popular emotions such as fear or sadness to components of life which offers guidance and assistance. Specific hypnotic techniques, are explained, and accompanied by exercises which give the audience an immediate opportunity to begin experiencing and tailoring that procedure. The framework for these exercises is the suggestion of an ¿experiment¿ with that particular technique, creating an environment for the learner to safely attempt each new activity with no possibility of failure. The only opportunity not offered is that of incompetence. There is only a place to try, adjust, and retry each experiment until the reader fashions their own skill set based on personal significance and comfort. More than a ¿bonus¿ the accompanying CD is a work of art on its own. Again, mixing explanation with experiential learning, this auditory tool incorporates fractalization as a teaching method, to assist the listener in entering and returning from graduated levels of trance exploration. A vast canvas is provided, upon which the hypnotic partner can create motor, auditory and visual experiences with encouragement and assistance, rather than direction or interference, a respectful approach not always found in ¿self-hypnosis¿ recordings.

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