- Hardcover: 624 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (21 Nov. 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 039370095X
- ISBN-13: 978-0393700954
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 5.1 x 26.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors Hardcover – 21 Nov 1990
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About the Author
D. Corydon Hammond, Ph.D., ABPH, is past president and a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), which honored him with a Presidential Award of Merit in 1989. He also received the ASCH Irving I. Secter Award in 1990 and the Thomas P. Wall Award for Excellence in Teaching of Clinical Hypnosis in 1994. He is Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Co-director of the Sex and Marital Therapy Clinic at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He has written six books, including the Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors. He coordinated a national task force on hypnosis and memory and is the primary author of Clinical Hypnosis and Memory: Guidelines for Clinicians and for Forensic Hypnosis and of ASCH's Standards of Training in Clinical Hypnosis.
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Top Customer Reviews
I regularly consult this book when working with clients and have found it to be invaluable. There's a great technique for Arthritis that works a treat in here, to mention but one.
I am incredibly pleased with this book and think it's worth every penny I paid for it. I'd highly recommend it if you are looking for a good reference book with scripts and information about various problems you'll encounter.
That hypnosis may "stop someone smoking in one hour"...
That hypnotherapy is the use of "hypnosis" in a therapeutic way...
But what actually is hypnosis?
This book helps to continue the "search" for a definitive answer because even the experts can't agree on a definition...
It's a bit like attempting to define addiction - everyone intuitively knows addiction exists - and that's about as far as the consensus reaches...
The handbook of hypnotic suggestions and metaphors is a very large book - over 600 pages and 100 contributors from the world of clinical hypnotherapy - which differs a little from the "average lay hypnotist" as this is Doctors, Dentists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers etc who use hypnosis as part of their job...
I actually reckon all language is hypnotic and some people are more skilled at suggestion and persuasion than others - ever bought something you didn't even "know" you needed until you went shopping...
Anyway, I am a psychotherapist / weight loss specialist / addiction specialist and a few other things and have been studying and using hypnosis for about 10 years and this is a very helpful book for many reasons...
Firstly, if you disregard the "need to be a Dr / Ph.D" etc and "a clinical practitioner already" and read the introduction - then just read the book at whatever part interests you and see what happens.
This is a reference book that is meant to enhance your knowledge and confidence in using hypnotic language to help people "get better" and one of the downsides of "professionalism" is there is more than one way to get better and sometimes "orthodox" doesn't work.Read more ›
Some of the sections are: pain management, self-esteem, anxiety, hypnosis for cancer patients, hypnosis for sleep disorders, hypnosis for addictions, weight loss, academic performance, and hypnosis for children.
While I do not recommend that you necessarily use the scripts verbatim as they are written, this book may serve as an invaluable resource for ideas and possible suggestions to help you in your work as hypnotherapist.
Self-hypnosis isn't taught in this book, but there are many inexpensive books that do teach it. I learned from Chapter 4 from Leslie LeCron's "Self-Hypnotism: The Technique and Its Use In Daily Living". Some people say hypnosis is a hoax and I don't have any experience to say whether advanced practices can work like using hypnotism to prepare for surgery. But if you consider inducing self-hypnosis to just be going into a quiet, "inwardly-focused" state and doing suggestions as just a form of self-talk, then it's certainly doable. The question remains whether it helps. I've found that my self-improvement efforts usually take a long time (months or years) to establish better habits, during which I review lists of goals often and also use suggestions during self-hypnosis (e.g. quiet self-talk). I very slowly see some improvement and I enjoy the self-hypnosis, so I've kept at it without being sure it's the self-hypnosis that is leading to the changes. But thinking of it just as talking to myself over and over until I gradually change, it does seem as if that self-talk has some impact.
A subset of this book half or less its size (and half or less of its price) would have been adequate for me as a layperson. Sections like "Preparation for Surgery" or "Hypnosis for Obstetrics" I could do without. But so far I do feel this book is a good value for me. Just for the ego-strengthening material, it will probably take me more than a year to get reasonably acquainted with the appropriate suggestions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just what I need for my practice and the book was in great condition.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A massive collection of examples of how other professionals use suggestion & metaphor as part of hypnotic interventions. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gadgetman
It was exactly as described, securely sent (it's a very heavy book) & arrived within their stated timePublished 14 months ago by Alison Bruce
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