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Hypnotherapy [Hardcover]

Dave Elman
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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Westwood Publishing Co ,U.S.; New edition edition (1 Dec 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930298047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930298043
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
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Dave Elman was a contemporary and sometimes rival of Milton Erickson. Sadly this book represents his only work (please someone prove me wrong there!), written at the end of his life, when he knew his time was growing short.
He began learning hypnosis when his terminally ill father was greatly comforted by a friend of the family who was a stage hypnotist. A few twists and turns, a career as a stage hypnotist, radio presenter and then slightly reluctant lecturer and researcher later, and he released this book which is a fine counterpoint to Erickson's work, emphasising the science where Milton supplied the art.
Whilst Elman believed that hypnosis should only be taught to doctors and dentists, his theories about _what actually causes hypnosis to occur_ offer valuable insights into the process of trance, to anyone seriously interested in the subject.
This is not a beginner's book, but if you're familiar with Erickson and more traditional methods of hypnosis, this book will blow your old assumptions back open, and leave you a much better practitioner by the time you pick up the pieces!
Elman's finer points were thoroughly practical: he expected his students to be using it with most patients, and taught that if you can't induce anethesia within 60 seconds, then you're not doing it right, yet! Reading this book will allow you to know what elements are actually required for trance, so you can throw away the old script books and create your own inductions.
Readable, entertaining and very thought provoking; if you consider yourself a serious hypnotist, then this is a man to study with all the admiration of Erickson - more for each, in the light of the other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy going amazing book 5 April 2007
When I was first given this book at our hypnotherapy session, my first reaction on opening was "oh great, this looks like a dry textbook". The green cover, and the serif font really didnt inspire.

But boy was I wrong! - this is a fantastic book written in an engaging style and goes into some detail about his eye closure technique. I wonder whether some of the success of this method had a social pressure element in the demonstrations with subjects infront of groups of doctor- i.e. the subject expected to be hypnotised easily and so was.

Definitely worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Book for Hypnotherapists 21 Mar 2001
I own and moderate three of the most succesful hypnosis discussion communities on the internet. Elman has been repeatedly voted as the second most influential person in the history of modern hypnotherapy (besides Erickson). This book is not for the beginner as many of the techniques are now very dated. To a large extent it's mainly of historical interest now. I wouldn't recommend it as a general purpose introduction but it's a valuable resource on hypnoanalysis and medical hypnosis, from a simple and practical perspective.

Donald Robertson, author of,
The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy
The Discovery of Hypnosis: The Complete Writings of James Braid the Father of Hypnotherapy
The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy
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5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want to put the book down... 4 May 2012
By Iain
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I'm only just starting out on my journey into hypnotherapy and out of all the books I've read so far, this is my favourite.

I love the way it's written, the stories are great and Dave's approach to hypnotherapy is highly enlightening.

Well worth the money!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotherapy CLASSIC 11 Feb 2008
This book is a classic and the part of this book that has become the most popular in hypnosis circles so far is probably the famous Dave Elman Induction, which incorporates suggestibility tests to ratify the trance state and fractionation to help the individual enter into a state of deep trance very rapidly.

Some of the techniques taught are so simple and effective that there is even a charming example of a little girl who learned who to use a rapid method of inducing self-hypnosis to help herself deal successfully with an annoying itch.

The book also covers applications of hypnosis in different areas of interest to medical doctors and dentists because it was originally written for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity at its best... 29 April 2012
By Mark Stipanovsky TOP 500 REVIEWER
Dave Elman's way of working is simple... It's not easy, just simple...

Although it was written many years ago it is still very relevant today. It also offers a refreshing contrast to the mainly non- directive school of thought that so many hypnotherapists have followed.

Hypnosis is one of those things that lots of people are interested in and yet few delve deeper than the media type portrayal of "look into my eyes" and so there is a lot of confusion out there.

Dave Elman's take on hypnosis is in this book and he speaks of seeing someone successfully use "words" to help his father who was in chronic pain -this person was a hypnotist. And a stage hypnotist at that... Oh my god - a stage hypnotist helping people feel better...

Using words to help someone (or hinder) is nothing new. There is another book which starts off with...

"in the beginning was the word"...

So it doesn't surprise me that certain words or certain phrases have a somewhat magical quality or that certain people are more eloquent with these words and phrases...

This book isn't as widely known as more prolific Dr's who have used hypnotic language such as Milton Erickson initially and yet if you speak to any hypnotherapist of 5 years plus then generally they will have a copy of this book and rate it quite highly.

The content of the book is Dave speaking to an audience of Doctors, Dentists and occasionally a staff member and using hypnotic language to great effect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad ENglish
This book takes a lot to practice in real life, though it reinforces the impact of language to affect people minds.
Published 9 days ago by J ANTONY WHITEHEAD
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Published 24 days ago by patience baah
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for hypnosis students
An excellent book by one of the hypnosis greats. I would urge anyone with an interest in hypnosis to read Elman's book and adopt the techniques within.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference workbook
A very useful addition to any hypnotherapists library of reference works and training manuals. Good descriptions of various processes to use particularly methods of induction into... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Graeme Harvey
2.0 out of 5 stars Obsolete
I was given this as a set work on my hypnotherapy diploma course, and learned very little from it.

The book is interesting as an historical text on the development of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Moving Target
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Elman
This is a book that every hypnotherapist should have, Dave Elman was as essencial to the trade as Milton Erikson and his techniques are better (although that's a matter of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by MR STEPHEN H GREASLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Handbook for Hypnotherapists...
What can I say - Dr. Elman is one of the corner stones in hypnotherapy - If you work with hypnosis - you got to have this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rene Frederiksen
5.0 out of 5 stars Written from a position of authority
A simple title and a simple cover both in keeping with straight forward writing capturing both the history and the practical practice of hypnosis. Read more
Published 18 months ago by 12barbluez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book!
This is a really great read, to the point and informative, if you want a concise history of hypnosis with really good examples of the authoritarian style of hypnotic delivery this... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Subalu
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
There are a lot of hypnotherapy books out there on the market, but if you are just starting out get this one. Read more
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