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The Discovery of Hypnosis: The Complete Writings of James Braid the Father of Hypnotherapy Paperback – 23 Feb 2009

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: National Council for Hypnotherapy Ltd.; 1st edition (23 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956057004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956057006
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.2 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,170,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book has been published by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), the UK's leading non-profit hypnotherapy organisation.

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This book was written to educate and inform hypnotists and psychotherapists about the origins of hypnotherapy. Braid's work is particularly relevant today as he adopted a passionately empirical and rational attitude toward treatment and pre-empted modern cognitive-behavioural therapies in many important respects.

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This should be essential reading for all hypnotherapists, and for anyone with an interest in the history of psychology or psychotherapy. Most of Braid's writings have been pretty much unavailable until now. 150 years on many of Braid's ideas are still relevant. Braid's writings show that hypnotism began as a thoroughly scientific therapy, based on criticisms of Victorian quack remedies.
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Braid was the first to put hypnotherapy on a scientific, rational footing, so today's hypnotherapists have a lot to thank him for.

A Manchester surgeon, Braid discovered hypnotism reasonably late and like most doctors of his time considered stage hypnotists charlatans. It was only his physical examination of a hypnotised subject that convinced him an actual bodily change had taken place with non-mystical causes.

The Discovery of Hypnosis puts together Braid's key writings and provides succinct commentary and historical context. This is an exhaustive survey and the editor has obviously mastered the material, revealing an underrated figure in the history of psychology and psychotherapy.

One of Robertson's fascinating ideas is that Braid should not be considered simply the father of hypnotherapy, but the father of psychotherapy, given his early work into what is now called cognitive behavioural therapy.

Robertson's clear writing style and to-the-point comments enliven the historical material, and the book itself is large and well laid out. Any hypnotherapist serious about their subject should have this book in their library. It is also a intriguing read for the layman.

Tom Butler-Bowdon, author of 50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do
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James Braid a Scottish physician and surgeon coined the term hypnotism and was responsible for the founding of hypnotherapy. He investigated and challenged Mesmer's "animal magnetism" as practiced by the mesmerists of the time. In a clear and very readable style Donald Robinson charts the history of Braids original hypnosis and clearly shows the differences between the occult like pseudo science of mesmerism and the practice of hypnosis as we know it today.
This book gives the reader Braid's complete wrightings with helpful and enlivening commentary by Robinson.
As some of the other reviews have pointed out this book should be essential reading not only for hypnotherapists but anyone with a keen interest in the subject of hypnosis.
Thank you Donald Robinson.
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This quintessential work should be obligatory study for anyone in the field of Hypnotherapy. Donald Robertson unfolds the history of this most powerful therapy, through the words and works, the experiments and demonstrations, of Dr. James Braid, in a straightforward, deeply educational and most enlightening fashion. Excellently researched, it recounts the journey of a highly respected doctor who set out to debunk the follies of Mesmerism and found the jewel of Hypnosis. If you wish to simply understand hypnosis, or study the subject in depth, this is most certainly the book to have. I would go so far as to say, shame on anyone in the field of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, who remains ignorant of what this book contains.
John O'Flynn (Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist), Co. Waterford, Ireland.
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If you have any interest in hypnosis read this book. You will learn about the history and widen your knowledge of hypnosis, it's an excellent book that should be widely read
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