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Trances People Live: Healing Approaches in Quantum Psychology Hardcover – 1 Sep 1991

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Bramble Co (Sept. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962618411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962618413
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,756,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen Wolinsky, Ph.D. began his clinical practice in 1974 as a Gestalt and Reichian therapist and trainer. In 1977 he journeyed to India to study meditation for nearly six years. He has trained in classical hypnosis, psychosynthesis, and transactional analysis, and taught Ericksonian hypnosis and family therapy. Stephen Wolinsky is the founder of Quantum psychology and the author of You Are Not, I Am that I Am, Trances People Live, Quantum Consciousness, The Tao of Chaos, Hearts on Fire, Intimate Relationships, The Way of the Human trilogy, The Beginner's Guide to Quantum Psychology, and many other books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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By A Customer on 1 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
Steven Wolinsky provides an alternative approach to hypnotherapy. This is not an easy book and will appeal more to those with a reasonable understanding of trance states and their potential. However, for the determined, this book provides a rare insight into trance phenomena and strategies for de-trancing the individual. The idea that individuals "do their problem" in trance, explains the uncontrolable aspect of behaviour that many people express in relation to their problems. To be able to take a sideways view of this explanation may well help people to turn their problem into a resource, or not. Whichever it is, only determined obtuseness will prevent learning from the reading of this book.
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Building on Erickson's concept of the 'everyday trance', Wolinsky shows how emotional problems and psychosomatic symptoms can be regarded as manifestations of different trance phenomena - amnesia, age regression, and so on. These are supposed to be characteristic of deep trance, but in fact happen to all of us in one form or another in everyday life.
Therapy then becomes the process of 'dehypnotising' the client from their 'problem trance'. Radical, thought-provoking, and useful.
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Could not put this book away and am reading it for the fourth time already due to the amount of revelations Stephen has put on paper.
As I was interested in business-NLP and hypnotism I always had the feeling that something was missing the issue: we do not need to bring people into a trance, they are already in it !! When we use this current trance but alter little deep trance phenomena in the background, the current trance can be perfectly used to alter the symptoms and altering the behaviour directly (i.e. Ericksons basic way of treating people).
This is exactly why a good walk on the beach is as good as a indoor NLP session in the treating room of the psychologist.

Stephen Wolinsky has put some core basics to paper here which in my view should be on the reading list of all departmental heads and CEO's, NLP-trainers and hypnotists.

It should be read next to Machiavelli's The Prince to understand the principles of people's behavior in my view.

A massive key to: "Know Yourself"
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Duncan McColl - author of Precision Therapy taught me that people were already in a trance and my "job" so to speak was to "de-hypnotise" them...

This book is all about getting better and helping to heal. The way it approaches the subject however is quite unorthodox and also very "true"...

True is a great word because of how subjective it is - a bit like hypnosis and the different takes on what hypnosis actually is.

Another truism in therapy is that the problem is always in the present...

And again Stephen Wolinsky explains this brilliantly - the trance someone is already in contains the problem or problem state. So it makes sense to work out how to de-hypnotise someone or create a more entrancing experience.

I always ask someone who chooses to work with me whether they want to focus on getting better or focusing on why they're like they are and what they don't want...

Understanding what you don't want doesn't get you what you do want.

Anchoring positive responses whilst recreating trauma is a very simple and elegant way of helping people overcome "phobic unconscious" patterns that are unhelpful and there is a nice little appendix at the back of the book outlining how to do this. It's not the only way - and it is one of many ways that is helpful and quite quick to do.

This book is a really good addition to someone's resources if they're interested in hypnosis and hypnotherapy. As a stand alone it may be a bit deep or seem slightly unorthodox, however it does stand alone once you understand the idea of de-hypnotising someone because they're already in a trance - and normally quite a damaging one...
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At the heart of this book is an inspirational idea - that most of us flip in and out of trance states in our daily lives. In other words, most of us self-hypnotise ourselves on a continual basis and show the symptoms of being hypnotized i.e. forgetfulness, fantasising about the future, obsessing about the past, feeding ourselves outdated suggestions that drive our subsequent behaviour. This idea turns the normal hypnotherapy approach on its head with the role of the therapist to work with these existing trances rather than to hypnotise the patient. Working with the existing trances involves the recognition of these, and then waking the client up from them such that they start to witness their own trance states coming and going and are at choice over them rather than victims of them. As an executive coach, rather than a hypnotherapist, myself this is a powerful way of working since my clients do not pay me to hypnotise them and yet they do expect me to wake them up from patterns that are not leading to the achievement of their goals. I did not give the book five stars only because I found the writing style a bit eccentric - a lot of existing knowledge of hypnosis is assumed, there are some passages that go off on a tangent interrupting the flow of the book and the use of some diagrams and models would have helped me absorb the content quicker. This said, it did make me think and that is what I look for most in the books I read.
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