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My Voice Will Go with You: Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson: Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erikson [Paperback]

Milton H Erickson , Sidney Rosen
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15 May 1991
Milton H. Erickson has been called the most influential hypnotherapist of our time. Part of his therapy was his use of teaching tales, which through shock, surprise, or confusion with genius use of questions, puns, and playful humor helped people to see their situations in a new way. In this book Sidney Rosen has collected over one hundred of the tales. Presented verbatim and accompanied by Dr. Rosen's commentary, they are grouped under such headings as Motivating Tales, Reframing, and Capturing the Innocent Eye."

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (15 May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393301354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393301359
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent collection of Erickson's teaching tales.... The stories are entertaining to read, but more than that every reader is likely to find them educational in a quite personal and unexpected way. --Jay Haley, director, Family Therapy Institute, Washington, D.C."

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all in the mind 15 Sep 2008
By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
I read about Erickson as the pioneer of NLP, and his work in hypnosis and psychotherapy and was intrigued. This book is a great introduction to Erickson. His style of communication which involves the use of skilfully vague language patterns, rapport skills, and conversational hypnosis techniques, forms the basis of the Milton Model in NLP.

These stories are case studies, people with all sorts of problems, and very interesting solutions, and great stories.

This guy is a genius. From bedwetting to alcoholism, to repression, I was particularly inspired by a very short story about the Turmahara Indians, and how knowing and thinking about their special abilities can increase your energy levels. If it works for me, it might work for you.

There was one story about how he treated one woman who was sexually unresponsive, and through using his storytelling method caused her to have an orgasm in his office without touching her! Before reading this book I had not realised how easily influenced we can be by indirect suggestion, and how powerful his techniques are.

Essentially this is a book of anecdotes, with the author who is himself a psychiatrist giving an explanation of the methods and techniques being used by Erickson.

Apart from the therapeutic benefits, if you read this book you can really improve your communication and storytelling skills if you follow the principles used here, so I would recommend this book to aspiring story tellers.

Think of Erickson as someone who was a master of effecting life altering personal change by being able to communicate on a deeper level. Applied to yourself you can most likely imagine the effect you can have on yourself and others and how you can win friends and influence people by learning this skill.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great insight into Erickson's techiques 15 April 2005
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If you are studying hypnotherapy then this book is a must.
Actual case studies are described, analysed and explained, so the reader can get an insight into how Erikson worked.
But this is not a book that will teach you how to do it - it just provides you with examples of his methods. To really appreciate Erikson you need to see and hear him working.
This book is easy to read and will make you wonder, perhaps, how such dramatic change is brought about through cleverly constructed language alone. Erikson used language to allow the patient to effect change within themselves, and this book really illustrates that well.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that lets you watch a genius at work 23 Nov 2003
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This book will be an excellent addition to the library of anyone interested in Hypnosis or NLP.
Each tale is accompanied by a short description of the thinking underlying each tale and to read these notes is to look inside the mind of a genius in his field.
A modestly priced book packed with information and insight - buy it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great voice to take with you 15 Oct 2007
By Mr. Stuart Robert Harris VINE VOICE
"If you going to tell yourself stories, you may as well make them good ones" is a sound piece of advice that I first heard from NLP trainer Ian McDermott. "My voice will go with you" fills the bill nicely.

It's not hard to imagine some of these tales being included in popular anthologies of folk wisdom, yeah even unto Reader's Digest. Some might regard such a prospect with distaste, what with Erickson being so revered by many really clever people including writer Aldous Huxley. But it's actually an indication of his all-embracing humanity that so many of the tales make great points in ways that could easily please a very wide audience.

Sidney Rosen's commentaries uncover some of the principles underlying what Erickson was up to in these stories, thereby adding to the wealth of learning. His commentaries are mostly short and anyone wanting more extensive "under the bonnet" insights might care to check out Bandler & Grinder's "Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson".

"My voice will go with you" is an easy read, but no less worthwhile for that. A few stories run to several pages, many are just a page or so and some are even shorter. You can dip into it or zip through it in any direction with equal pleasure and edification. Either way is better.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 8 Aug 2007
By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE
Through anecdotes about his practice and examples of the stories he used, My Voice will go with You is a fascinating and highly readable insight into the genius of Erickson. The stories are always compelling; often funny; and occasionally bizarre; making this a really enjoyable read. The only problem for me is that many of the stories are so context specific that it is difficult to know how they could be applied elsewhere. Nevertheless this a fun, easy read and there are many ideas that you can apply in your own metaphors.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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Milton Erickson chose well when he gave permission to Sidney Rosen to write a book on his "teaching tales." The reader is richly rewarded with a plethora of categorised accounts of the stories that Erickson imparted to both patient and student alike over many years. Rosen had the privilege of working closely with Erickson up until the time of his death in 1980, and that close working relationship is evidenced within this work. This entertaining and easy to read 'can't put down' book is a 'must' for any therapist or clinician, but will have an appeal to any reader at some level or another. Just as Erickson was a visionary, so too is Rosen. Well worth adding to your library, along with works by other visionaries such as Jeffrey Zeig, Ernest Rossi, Jay Hayley, Richard Bandler and John Grinder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
arrived on time and was very helpful...
Published 3 days ago by patience baah
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing hypnosis stories!
Great book - helps you to understand a little of what Milton Erickson's therapy work was all about...
Published 20 days ago by RZ Fulcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's verry good to have the book with much interesting opportunities. Also a must have in our profession.
Published 1 month ago by J. Zwiers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really found that this is a great book to have as an added reference guide and to inspire imagination.
Published 4 months ago by Mr A P Horsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise. Informative
A book which really helps you to understand the mind frame of the man and the formative origins.A useful read for anyone who wishes to study hypnotherapy
Published 7 months ago by laurence.tasker
4.0 out of 5 stars reveiw
Ericson uses a subtle aproach with his patients using anecdotes and metaphores that they can relate to. His use of humor is good in helping to. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mariogauci
3.0 out of 5 stars Treat with a large spoon of salt
Really only of interest to those who slavishly follow the teachings of this somewhat discredited Guru. A bit behind the times.
Published 10 months ago by Graeme Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just a catchy title
For a greater understanding of the work of Milton Erickson this is a fabulous little book. Anecdotal sometimes, always thought provoking.
Published 10 months ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Erikson
An excellent book, another book that should be in every hypnotherapists collection, includes a lot of good advice and techniques.
Published 12 months ago by MR STEPHEN H GREASLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars His voice will go with me
This book was enjoyable to read and explained Erikson's work beautifully. Read on holiday and didn't feel like a text book
Published 12 months ago by Susan Smith
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