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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A highly readable introduction to hypnosis
For the beginner, this is a highly readable introduction to the science of hypnosis, giving basic coverage of the approaches of Erickson, Elman and Estabrooks and giving some useful suggestibility tests. Pricey for what you get and far too basic for anyone with prior knowledge of hypnosis, it is nevertheless a nice introduction and leaves you wanting to know more. The...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply disappointing
I had hoped to broaden my understanding and learn more about the methods of Estabrooks and Elman. Sadly, I was disappointed. The treatment of Ericksonian hypnosis is shallow and skates hurriedly past many of the essential elements of his methods. When the authors move on to Estabrooks and Elman they deliver precious little on which to build understanding.
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Published on 2 Jun 2002 by Alastair Ross


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A highly readable introduction to hypnosis, 17 Dec 2003
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This review is from: Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide Producing Deep Trance Phenomena (Hardcover)
For the beginner, this is a highly readable introduction to the science of hypnosis, giving basic coverage of the approaches of Erickson, Elman and Estabrooks and giving some useful suggestibility tests. Pricey for what you get and far too basic for anyone with prior knowledge of hypnosis, it is nevertheless a nice introduction and leaves you wanting to know more. The frequent references to Time Line Therapy are slightly offputting (a clear attempt to sell Tad James' other book on that subject - not worth the money). A good starter text.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stuff for the beginner, 20 Oct 2005
This review is from: Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide Producing Deep Trance Phenomena (Hardcover)
Tad has a nice way of trancing you out in the first few lines of a book and keeping you hooked and all the while making sure that you are learning while you go. This book is not 'a comprehensive guide' although it is definitely a 'comprehensive introduction'.
As someone fairly experienced in NLP and trance I found it informative and helpful in understanding other hypnosis models apart from the Erickson model favoured in NLP teachings.
I would recommend this to anyone wanting to gain a very good basic understanding of hypnosis and hypnotherapy techniques.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply disappointing, 2 Jun 2002
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Alastair Ross (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide Producing Deep Trance Phenomena (Hardcover)
I had hoped to broaden my understanding and learn more about the methods of Estabrooks and Elman. Sadly, I was disappointed. The treatment of Ericksonian hypnosis is shallow and skates hurriedly past many of the essential elements of his methods. When the authors move on to Estabrooks and Elman they deliver precious little on which to build understanding.
In many chapters they give extensive 'inductions' that the reader can work through with a partner. Some may find them useful. For me these are dull and formulaic, missing, as they do, the crucial factor of setting the induction into the context of the client.
The bibliograpy seems to be the high point: 19 pages of detailed references.
For those seeking understanding of Ericksons methods, try to get hold of a copy of "Trance-Formations: Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the Structure of Hypnosis" by Bandler and Grinder - an elegantly written text of tremendous depth that puts this allegedly 'comprehensive guide' in the deepest shade.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More of an overview than Comprehensive Guide, 28 Aug 2009
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L. S. Avery (Wellingborough, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide Producing Deep Trance Phenomena (Hardcover)
Tad James is well known in the NLP community as the mind behind TimeLine Therapy, and this work on Hypnosis comes with high praise and high recommendation on Amazon, however it is not without some considerable flaws.

Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide runs to a little over 200 pages, however this hides the fact that there is a lot of repetition in the book, and much of the information within it can be found in many other books. Perhaps the biggest negative aspect of this book is the focus on inductions, and is less a comprehensive guide and much more of a general overview.

The book begins with the obligatory 'History of Hypnosis' which seems to be the mainstay of all hypnosis books, although it is written in a light and fluid way it adds nothing to the subject, and there are better histories out there that are more comprehensive.

Once the history is out of the way, a brief overview of the Mind-Body connection is covered. The author refers often to the work of Deepak Chopra in this area, and misses out on the newer scientific research, relying on more of a 'mystical change' rather than medical science', and I was left with a feeling of 'you should believe this', rather than 'here are the facts'.

The reader is then presented with the techniques and approaches of Milton Erickson. It is here that we see the authors bias and experience since over half the book is dedicated to the Ericksonian method of hypnosis. In addition the author peppers the book with references to NLP and TimeLine therapy which to my mind detract from the overall purpose of the book.

As the reader, we are presented with the usual Erickson components of Language Patterns, Metaphors and so forth. These have been covered by so many other works, that their inclusion in this book at such insubstantial level left me disappointed.

The latter half of the book looks at using unconscious muscle movement (ideo-motor) to get information from the subconscious and inductions from Estabrooks and Elman, along with some deepening techniques. Once again, there is little or no depth to the chapters, with most of the body taken up with listings (and dissections) of their inductions.

The book rounds off with a reprint of the Erickson, Estabrook and Elman inductions, but this time without narrative.

Conclusion

Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide is far from comprehensive and it feels like a book created from other books, padded out with repetitive chapters. It adds nothing new to the subject, and may serve as a brief overview of the subject matter. If you want to learn about Erickson read some of the early work by Bandler and Grinder, or some of Ericksons own books, for Elman, read Elman, it is a far better way of learning the subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative but sketchy in parts., 24 Feb 2001
This review is from: Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide Producing Deep Trance Phenomena (Hardcover)
A very informative book but I found it sketchy in parts. "Time Line Therapy" is mentioned over and over again without actually explaining what it is! Apart from this small niggle,I found lots of useful information and plenty of good references to other books and a brilliant website run by Tad James.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide, 22 Oct 2010
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This is a well written book. It would be of good use for someone wanting to go into hypnotherapy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction, 11 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide Producing Deep Trance Phenomena (Hardcover)
I have read dozens of books on hypnosis and hypnotherapy and particularly like this book, as it delivers a nice introduction to Eriksonian hypnotherapy as well as a look at the more traditional authoritarian approaches. Worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading for beginners and those already in the know., 21 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide Producing Deep Trance Phenomena (Hardcover)
This book is a little gem. It's easy to read, if a little sketchy on details sometimes. It does provide a good explanation of the differences between Direct Authoritarian (using Estabrooks) and Indirect Permissive(Milton Erickson) before focusing on Elman and his emphasis on placing the responsibility for hypnosis and its results on the client.
The book succeeds in giivng enough information to provide a sound grounding and stimulates the interesed to follow up the extensive bibliography in the back to enable further, in-depth study of the approaches.
When considering Tad James own work, it readily complements 'Time Line Therapy and the basis of personality,' if you can find a copy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing Food for your Unconscious Mind, 13 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide Producing Deep Trance Phenomena (Hardcover)
This'll be short and sweet but I'll start by saying that anyone who's enjoyed any of Tad's trainings in NLP and Hypnosis, will be delighted by this book. It flows quite beautifully and is extremely easy to read closely following his engaging and insightful teaching style. All his favourite stories and anecdotes are here. For those starting out with Hypnosis, like me or those who've studied it a lot, Tad's extraordinary breadth of knowledge and practical experience of his subject makes this a great read and an excellent reference piece.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars informative but very easy to follow, 2 April 2002
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This review is from: Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide Producing Deep Trance Phenomena (Hardcover)
suitable for those beginning to work with hypnotherapy, easy to follow but packed with information, a must have if your are interested in this subject.
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