Solution Oriented Hypnosis: An Ericksonian Approach

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Demystification has become an intellectual buzzword; finally, we have a book that accurately fits the definition.
When most people think of "hypnosis" they imagine either a sinister, Mesmeresque figure declaring to his subject "you're getting sleepier and sleepier ... your eyelids are getting heavier and heavier, you vill go into trance," or an entertainer compelling a subject to "cluck like a chicken." In this comprehensive introduction to hypnosis based on the pioneering work ...

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Overview

Demystification has become an intellectual buzzword; finally, we have a book that accurately fits the definition.
When most people think of "hypnosis" they imagine either a sinister, Mesmeresque figure declaring to his subject "you're getting sleepier and sleepier ... your eyelids are getting heavier and heavier, you vill go into trance," or an entertainer compelling a subject to "cluck like a chicken." In this comprehensive introduction to hypnosis based on the pioneering work of Milton H. Erickson, Bill O'Hanlon demystifies the concept of "trance" and "hypnosis." He goes to the heart of the subject by answering the question: "What is trance?" But be forewarned: This is no dry, formal discourse on trance induction techniques. Rather, readers are invited to share the experience of attending one of O'Hanlon's lively and popular two-day workshops on Ericksonian hypnosis. In an energetic and often humorous manner, O'Hanlon takes his audience through the basics of trance induction and explains the how, what, and why of hypnosis. Readers familiar with Erickson's work will be delighted at the author's Class of Problems/Class of Solutions approach, which deconstructs Ericksonian interventions and provides a powerful new tool in directing clients toward solution. Each individual element of trance induction is explained clearly, through the use of case examples, demonstrations, and audience participation exercises. The book's gradual approach takes readers through the hypnotic process in a step-by-step fashion, increasing their skills and confidence.

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Editorial Reviews

The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
“O’Hanlon’s books are always filled with precious clinical nuggets.”
Booknews
A fascinating journey as O'Hanlon takes readers through the experience of one of his two-day workshops on Ericksonian hynosis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393701494
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 796,069
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill O’Hanlon, is a founder of Possibility and Inclusive Therapies and is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books, including Do One Thing Different and Quick Steps to Resolving Trauma. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1 The Elements of Solution-Oriented Hypnosis 1
Introinduction
Traditional vs. Ericksonian Approaches to Induction
The Utilization Approach
Permission/Validation/Observation/Utilization
Evocation vs. Suggestion: The Naturalistic Approach
Presupposition/Implication/Contextual Cues
Description
Permissive and Empowering Words
Audiotape Example #1: Milton Erickson - Basic Induction
Splitting
Interspersal
Audiotape Example #2: Jeff Zeig - Conversational Induction
The Confusion Technique
2 Demonstration, Exercises, and Examples of Induction 44
Demonstration #1: Basic Induction
Videotape Example #1: Milton Erickson - Induction with Presupposition
Videotape Example #2: Milton Erickson - Induction by Evocation
Exercise #1: Induction with Permission and Splitting
Audiotape Example #3: Milton Erickson - Induction with Permission and Splitting
Exercise #2: Using Analogies and Anecdotes to Induce Trance
3 Trance Phenomena: Getting Your Hands on the Control Knob of Experience 77
Demonstration #2: Eliciting Trance Phenomena
Videotape Example #3: Milton Erickson - Hand/Arm Levitation (1958)
Videotape Example #4: Milton Erickson - Hand/Arm Levitation (1975)
Exercise #3: Fishbowl Induction and Levitation
4 Why Use Trance? 108
Exercise #4: Evoking Hand and Arm Levitation
5 The Class of Problems/Class of Solutions Model 130
6 Treating Survivors of Sexual Abuse 142
Videotape Example #5: Bill O'Hanlon - Hypnotherapy for Sexual Abuse Aftereffects
Exercise #5: Mutual Hypnosis
7 Treating Pain and Somatic Problems 166
Audiotape Example #4: Joseph Barber - Interspersal for Pain Control
Audiotape Example #5: Milton Erickson - Treatment of Tinnitus and Phantom Limb Pain
Demonstration #3: Treating Pain and Somatic Problems
Exercise #6: Inviting Body Dissociation
8 I'm Only a Hypnotist, So This Is Only a Suggestion 190
Bibliography 195
Index 201
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