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Uncommon Therapy: Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H.Erickson, M.D. Hardcover – 24 Sep 1986


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  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; New edition edition (24 Sept. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393023044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393023046
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,666,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
"Uncommon Therapy" is probably the best introduction to Erickson's work and concepts. It presents a broad, yet useful, overview of Erickson's operating premises and how they are implemented in his communication techniques. This title doesn't delve into the excruciating technical details of his methods as some of the more esoteric titles do. A good follow up populist title to this would be "My Voice Will Go With You", which also doesn't require one to be a communication technician to come away with a world full of practical ideas.
Milton Erickson's ideas can change the way you think, the way you perceive your world and the way you communicate with that world. "Uncommon Therapy" is one of the ten books that have most influenced my perceptions.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Aug. 1998
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This book about Erickson's approaches to client therapy is great. The book contains a number of 'short stories' that reveal his incredibly unique, insightful and highly effective ability at approaching client issues in a way that will absolutely generate a positive change in that individual. A MUST READ for anyone who wants to witness how communication, subtle or not, can impact a person without their even knowing it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By conjunction on 18 Dec. 2007
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This is a great book, particularly because Jay Haley gets out of the way and effectively lets Erickson tell his own story, by means of copious long quotations and by simply describing Erickson's MO without comment, even when the author disagrees with his methods. Therefore it acts as a book which I believe Erickson never wrote himself, ie a clear and succinct explication of his methods. It is divided into chapters describing different periods of the human life-cycle thus showing Erickson's approach to a wide variety of problems, both with and without the use of hypnosis.

In particular, to me as a student of systemic therapy, it shows how Erickson was the father of the 'strategic' approach, with a complete disregard for political correctness. The man would be in jail if he did this stuff today. oops.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By MR on 15 April 2005
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Ignore the first review - the person has clearly NOT read/or understood the real depth of Ericksonian therapy. Erickson was a rare, true expert on human behaviour, and this book is an excellent series of case studies detailed and analysed by a third party, but nicely broken down into some of the key development phases that we go through in our lives. It acknowledges that our needs and behaviour change throughout life, and I recommend this book to any fellow hypnotherapist or pychologist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HHL Vaudrey on 7 Dec. 2010
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I'm really grateful to Jay Haley for this book. It's such a great insight to Erickson's work. I found it a lot more useful than "My voice will go with you" which is far more famous. I think it's an important read for hypnotherapists because a lot of the stories in this book you'll of already heard as Erickson anecdotes. Many of these are given fuller space as case studies in here, and you can get an idea of what was really going on. Obviously, a lot is left out, but read between the lines and see what else you find.

I like the introduction also. Here the author talks about how Erickson didn't improve all his clients, but this book is focused on his successes. I think that's an important thing to remember, he had clients who didn't improve sometimes, he was a man let's not lose that in the myth.

This is probably one of my all time favorite hypnotherapy books.
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