The Practice of Hypnotism Paperback – 3 Jan 2000
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From the Back Cover
The field of hypnotism has greatly evolved in recent years. Since the publication of the successful award–winning first edition of this book, some 1,200 research and clinical articles on hypnotism have been published in American journals alone and a multitude of related books have been written. With so many important contributions in this field occurring in such a short time, there is great need for a resource that reflects the current thinking and incorporates the latest techniques.
The Practice of Hypnotism, Second Edition is that resource, providing the most up–to–date information available on hypnotism and hypnotherapy. Written by André Weitzenhoffer, PhD, a leading expert in the field for over forty–five years, the book examines the past and present thinking about hypnotic phenomena in an objective fashion. It provides valuable background information, ideas for future research, and a wealth of detailed, practical instruction for the production of hypnotic phenomena and the treatment of a large variety of health–related problems.
Like the first edition, this book aims to present hypnotism from a scientific perspective. It also includes the bases upon which the author and others in the field have made their judgments, enabling the reader to make independent determinations based on the most complete information.
The Practice of Hypnotism has evolved from the original two–volume set to a single, comprehensive volume in two parts: Foundations of Suggestion and Hypnosis; Clinical Hypnotism and Other Applications. Each chapter presents basic material at a relatively elementary level, gradually moving into the more advanced material at a comfortable pace.
This Second Edition features a wealth of new information that reflects the latest findings of research and clinical experience in using hypnotism, including:
- Complete rewrites of chapters on measurements relevant to and on the state of hypnosis
- New chapters on suggestion and suggestibility and the treatment of anxiety
- A revised chapter on self–hypnosis, includ ing a detailed training procedure
- Expanded and reorganized material on the Ericksonian approach<<LI>Major revisions regarding the socio–cognitive and the cognitive–behavioral positions on hypnotic phenomena
- Suggestions for future research
For the effective, safe, and well–informed practice of hypnotism, The Practice of Hypnotism, Second Edition is the definitive resource. It addresses the special interests and needs of practicing health care professionals, researchers, and other professionals; those new to hypnotism; and seasoned readers looking for accurate facts and a different scientific viewpoint on the subject. Like the first edition, this edition will also serve well as a textbook for self–study or to complement courses.
A newly revised, thoroughly updated edition of the most complete resource on hypnotism and hypnotherapy.
Designed to help researchers, health care providers, and other professionals safely and confidently produce and use hypnosis, The Practice of Hypnotism, Second Edition is filled with the most up–to–date information available on hypnotism and its techniques.
Offering the same comprehensive coverage as the very successful two–volume set of the first edition, it provides highly practical instruction on producing hypnotic effects and treating a wide variety of health and behavioral problems, and examines current thinking on these subjects. Written by a leading expert in the field, this book reports on the latest research findings and clinical experience, and includes many sections that have been extensively revised and expanded to cover recent developments.
About the Author
ANDRE M. WEITZENHOFFER, PhD, MA, ScM, ScB, recipient of many professional awards, is one of the most respected experts in the field of hypnotism, with a long and distinguished career as a researcher, lecturer, clinician, teacher, and author on the subject.
Top customer reviews
Chapter 11 is a general overview and principles of clinical hypnotism. Anyone who has worked with me or even just met me know I continually rave about Ray Dalio and his book on principles - called funnily enough "Principles"...
Anyway, when I come across a set of principles I generally take notice and as Andre states over the years he has come to consider 7 basic questions:
1. What is the exact problem to be solved?
2. What does hypnotism in it's phenomenology that can be used to solve the problem?
3. What is the patient capable of producing in the line of hypnosuggestive effects?
4. What are the patients' assets and liabilities, particularly, but not exclusively, of a psychodynamic nature?
5. What is practical, feasible, and desirable for the patient in terms of his everyday life?
6. What is clinically sound and appropriate for a given case?
7. How will the chosen use of hypnotism fit into the overall therapeutic framework in which it will be employed?
What is interesting (apart from the obvious medical language) is the guidance that hypnosis is part of an ongoing treatment plan and not a miraculously "brief" therapy. And yet because of technology and IPods in particular it is much more feasible to encourage a client to listen to a hypnotic recording outside of the therapeutic hour and use the therapeutic hour for ongoing relating...
This book is a reference book and a very good one at that. And although the price of 100 pound plus may initially seem excessive it is less than the cost of a training day and you are also guaranteed because of it's depth that you will find something useful.
I have been reading this book for over 10 years now and it is still one of my favourites -just because the knowledge contained within the pages is so vast in breadth and depth.
Take anxiety as an example:
1. Neuroendocrine level
2. Motor visceral level
3. Conscious awareness of symptoms and/or realisation of being nervous and frightened
Understanding at what level and also how to intervene at a neuroendocrine level using words is serious business... And interesting because it's possible to learn how to control unconscious processes... Isn't that what we do anyway - we just don't know how we do it.
If you're into hypnosis and specifically hypnotherapy then this book will be worth it's weight in gold (and it's a big heavy book). And I personally believe it is a good buy. And that's the end of this review... Good bye...
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Warning though: If you like the idea of hypnotism as a fad don't buy this book. This book is for people who use it as a desk reference and source of knowledge to help further their skills in the field of hypnotism.
If someone was going down the path of becoming a hypnotist as a professional then I would recommend this book to them first before any other.
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