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2.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts... but flawed in others, 23 Jan 2005
This review is from: Hypnosis for Beginners: Reach New Levels of Awareness and Achievement (Paperback)
Oh dear.
The first thing to say is that there is useful material in this book. Really. However, it's surrounded by an awful lot of tedious nonsense which at times makes it hard to know what to take seriously and what to ignore.
The author is one of those who freely mixes hypnotism in with "psychic abilities" and "past-life regression". In amongst the somewhat patronizing instructions on how to run your own hypnotism business (for that's what this is; a how-to book) you'll find believable case histories mixed with the downright charlatanesque (apparently it's possible to heal wounds with self-hypnotism).
There's almost nothing for the rational or scientifically-minded reader looking for information on how and why hypnotism works. The "explanation" of brainwave rhythms reads as though the author once saw a brief article that mentioned stages of sleep and worked up an entire theory based on little or no understanding of actual physiology.
The tone of the book is like listening to a rather self-important uncle who feels that he's in the position of teaching a Young Nephew how to succeed in life. At times hectoring, at others dull, Hewitt tell you how you too can succeed as a freelance hypnotherapist without (apparently) requiring any qualifications or experience. However, he does at times let it slip that he earned most of his living as a technical writer.
So what is useful? Well, the majority of the book is made up of hypnotic scripts which, if you like to copy-and-paste without understanding, can serve as a very useful and comprehensive set of reference material. But jeez, it's hard going at times if you have any sort of sceptical mind.
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