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.
For more case studies, check out Conversations with Milton H. Erickson Vol 1 by Jay Haley. You might find situations in there that relate to issues in your own life. In fact, use the look inside feature and check out the index. I found the chapter on public speaking and performance anxiety quite helpful. Also, check out the Patterns of... Erickson book by Richard Bandler, which gives a a complete analysis of Erickson's induction methods.
I hope you find this review helpful.
"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.
on 15 April 2005
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.
This is a great introduction to skill, resourcefulness and versatility of Erikcson and the possibilities of Ericksonian hypnosis.
The stories are fun to read and they may also inspire solutions to problems presented by your own clients, but do remember that the essence of Ericksonian hypnosis is "utlization" of client's background, predispositions and preferences, rather than pick a script or a technique and use it on everyone indiscriminately.
It is not only techniques which are thought through NLP and Ericksonian hypnosis today that distinguished Erickson, but his respect for uniqueness of individual and the problem he was facing. Erickson was also open to using absolutely anything that may work, no matter how outrageous it would appear. And he was infinitely creative in his approach as you'll find out from the stories in this book.
on 7 September 1999
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.
on 26 December 2003
This book is a real gem. Just from reading it, one immediately gets a feel for Mr Erickson's approach and technique. (Its a pity he's dead, I would've loved to meet this talented man in person even if its a one in a billionth chance.) The stories recounted are very interesting, even if just for their story-telling value. Its hard not to feel a sense of calm after reading one or two of them, which is amazing. Even if you don't "get" at first glance what each story is supposed to do for you...after reading each story, you know it had worked its magic on you even if in a small helpful albeit subconscious way. Normally I only read most books once, but this I read time and again. This is one of those things I'll always carry with me, wherever I go and whichever country I'm in
on 30 April 2015
Some reviewer had it wrong. Dr Erickson is not a pioneer of NLP. He practiced without formally making it as a manualised technique. Dr Erickson unknowingly developed the most powerful technique without naming it, writng it down or calling it as NLP. It was young men Richard Bandler and John Grinder (compare to Bandler, the latter's role is small) who pioneered NLP by observing Dr Erickson. Later, Anthony Robbins made it internationally famous by his dynamic seminars around the globe.
Much heard and much mis-sold NL, for panacea for almost everything. In the beginning was Dr Erickson, the true physician who dedicated his life in the most sacred profession when the moral and calibre of people were much higher, nobler than today.
This is not a book meant for health/medical professional only. Every parents, every girl and boy, anyone who ever was being put down, indoctrinated, denigrated by ill-intended people or ignorant people, be they school teachers, parents, neighbours. so-called friends, anyone who do not have self confidence, anyone who were hurt in life, both physically and mentally, need to read this transformational book. Because in this beautifully written account of the titan of psychiatry, Dr Erickson, the author Dr Rosen seem to have accomplished to make the Voice of Dr Erickson come alive.
Dr Erickson was more than psychiatrist, or MD. He indeed, healed himself after the devastating attack of polio, by his iron-will of NEVER GIVE UP and investigative attitude, as well as practical physical excercises by going for long travel by canoe. Dr Erickson was truly the torch-bearer of Hoppocrates lineage, id.est., dedicating for the healing of mind and body and taking medical profession very nobly and without financial interest. Reading this book enobles human mind. What an awesome responsibility for the fortunate few who have had the opportunity to learn under the aegis of Dr Erickson.
Many type of patients came to Dr Erickson, and Dr Erickson used unique approach to each patient, as each human being is unique. Dr Rosen (author) chronicles wonderfully, without making this book a dry book for MDs or health professionals, but instead make it very readable for every human being who can read. (in English. Dr Erickson spoke English and his techniques later incorporated into NLP heavily relies in English language's peculiarity. For Eastern languages, NLP cannot be approached in a similar thought and context, as the approach to human mind is totally different in West and East. Reading this book in Eastern language translation does not make sense)
The moving stories contained in this tales, in fact, a teaching tales, so to speak, are so relatable, that is, each one of us, be they in medical field or non medical field, be they lay person or intellectual, can find someing that one can relate to, and use it to heal the wound we all carry in our heart. This book especially so valuable for precocious young gilrs and boys, or women who suffered DV(domestic violence), in giving the courage to recoup and stand up and restart, since Dr Erickson demonstrates so beautifully that mind can be healed if there were able and caring therapists and the correct aproach be used. And one does not need to be therapist. The principles outlined in the teaching tales, and the academic writings of Dr Erickson can be utilised to help minds to heal, and grow.
Absolutely, if you were parents, you must read this. This is the monumental book that catapulted many, including us into the researh of human mind. Also, very memorable one. As we flew across Ocean into Arizona to visit Dr Erickson, we were devasted to discover that the sage, great physician Dr Erickson had passed away just a year before.
This is a tribute to a great soul by a brilliant author. Read, this book is for everyone who wants to grow, heal and help oneself and others. Recommend to especially people who need healing of mind due to abuse, and other reasons. Very well writen without any professional smoke-screens(jargons used to make book to suit the intelligentias). Great subject well written by the author.