3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and clever, teaches and entertains, April 6, 2006,
This review is from: Monsters and Magical Sticks: Or, There's No Such Thing as Hypnosis (Paperback)
****My review from 2006, posted on Amazon.com*****
I've spent quite a lot of time reading most of the major authors on hypnosis I could find, both online and in paper. Stephen Heller is in my top ten list of books on hypnosis that I believe should be in every hypnotists library. The others are some by Bandler, Elman, Erickson, Battino and a few others.
There wasn't enough stars-I have read it through now 3 times and in greater depth each time after having studied other work and gained deeper insight.
If you're a fan of very flexible ways to help people to help themselves, Heller will appeal. If you would rather have principles that are useful and can be intelligently applied live (instead of dry formulae and academic theory alone), then again Heller is your man. He's not written a book that is meant to be a complete teaching of these skills. I also wouldn't suggest that its enough to read a few (very good) books to gain the skills required either to work with people in this way. He's simply an author that should be on the reading list of serious students of hypnosis, who perhaps wish to gain a wide and flexible knowledge of hypnosis, hypnotherapy and brief interventions.
This book does require that you engage it. It offers you a choice, as does hypnotism as an art. The choice is one of where you will allow your imagination and attention to go. Will you quite deliberately relax into the suggestions and musings provoked by the speaker or the text, or will you critically examine and question, avoiding experience, looking for problems or reasons? For this book, the former gives you a far deeper, more worthwhile experience. Later, the tools of rational analysis and reason can be brought to bear upon the methods and phrases perhaps, yielding ideas for your own use, these ideas being far richer for having been born of both your own choosing to experience and then considered analysis.