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

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

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

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

Product Details

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

Table of Contents

A Biographical Sketch of Milton H. Ericksonxv
Family backgroundxvi
Late adolescencexvii
Professional beginningsxx
Post-polio syndromexxii
The later yearsxxiv
Part IFoundations of Healing and Health1
Chapter 1Introduction3
Chapter 2The Human Condition7
Chapter 3Mental Health and Healing15
Chapter 4The Role of the Clinician21
Chapter 5A Philosophical Framework27
Part IIClinical Strategies33
Chapter 6Introduction to the Six Core Strategies35
Chapter 7Distraction41
Red herring45
Questioning and presupposition47
Emphasis on detail49
Therapeutic amnesia51
The general application of distraction54
Chapter 8Partitioning57
Symptom definition59
Formal diagnosis60
Prognostic splitting63
Dividing conscious67
Partitioning of time and space75
The general application of partitioning78
Chapter 9Progression81
Geometric progression86
Progressive desensitization89
Pattern interruption93
Cognitive progression97
Forward progression103
The general application of progression105
Chapter 10Suggestion109
Cooperation versus control115
Direct suggestion118
Indirect suggestion122
Permissive suggestion129
Interspersal and repetition133
The confusion technique139
The general application of suggestion147
Chapter 11Reorientation153
Reorientation in time175
The general application of reorientation181
Chapter 12Utilization185
Simple bind191
Double bind196
Utilization of a minor problem207
Symptom prescription209
General application of utilization218
Chapter 13Conclusion221
About the book221
Putting the knowledge to use224
Appendix ASelf-Development Exercises227

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will change how look at every thing