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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Erickson
"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...
Published on 19 Aug 1999

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42 of 96 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother. No, really.
This book is cheap and facile.
The author's case studies cater only for "nuclear family" scenarios and the "brilliant therepeutic techniques" described within it include such gems as:
* Erikson curing someone of being fat by shouting at them at length about how repulsive they are;
* Erikson helping a paralysed Prussian/German to walk by...
Published on 15 Oct 2001 by R. Coldbreath


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Erickson, 19 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Uncommon Therapy: Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H.Erickson, M.D. (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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! Erickson was a genius., 9 Aug 1998
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This review is from: Uncommon Therapy: Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H.Erickson, M.D. (Paperback)
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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erickson in detail, 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oops, 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, thought provoking, incredibly useful, 8 Feb 2000
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As someone who is fascinated by NLP, I found this book extremely interesting and illuminating. I had been unsure as to how Erickson worked his magic until I read this book. Also I could think of a million approaches that using his techniques could help me with. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 18 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Uncommon Therapy: Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H.Erickson, M.D. (Paperback)
I have read other books about Milton H. Erickson and his work before. I can only feel deep admiration for this incredibly intelligent, talented, creative and highly intuitive man. The case studies in this book show different approaches that Dr. Erickson used, specifically tailored to the paitient he saw, making each case a really unique one. He was definitely ahead of his time.
If you haven't read anything about Milton Erickson yet, I would recommend you to read something else before this book, just to avoid misunderstandings of his work, and to really appreciate the uniqueness of his approach.
On the other hand, if you have read about Milton Erickson already, you will definitely love this book!.
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42 of 96 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother. No, really., 15 Oct 2001
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This book is cheap and facile.
The author's case studies cater only for "nuclear family" scenarios and the "brilliant therepeutic techniques" described within it include such gems as:
* Erikson curing someone of being fat by shouting at them at length about how repulsive they are;
* Erikson helping a paralysed Prussian/German to walk by telling him repeatedly that he was Nazi scum and wasn't as worthwhile as the "Jews in the gas chamber" (according to Erikson, that one worked because Prussians are ALL "self-satisfied" and would have no alternative but to get up and walk when faced with such insults).
This is lowest-common-denominator reading, writing and thinking which permits humanity no function or behaviour but the centuries-old roles of man, woman, child, or parent. The final chapter is easily the most depressing - apprarently the old (anyone over 60) simply aren't worth bothering with at all and should be left to die.
I only hope that Jay Haley has done Erikson a massive disservice with this book, because if it is even slightly accurate, the man was to be avoided at all costs.
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