- 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)
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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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From the Publisher
The book has been published by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), the UK's leading non-profit hypnotherapy organisation.
From the Author
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
John O'Flynn (Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist), Co. Waterford, Ireland.