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Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H.Erickson: v. 1 Paperback – 1 Dec 1975

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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Meta Publications (1 Dec. 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091699001X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916990015
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Volume I --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Whilst I would recommend this book to some extent as being a very interesting and generally quite deep analysis of Milton Erickson's hypnotic techniques, particularly his use of language patterns it does have one major drawback. Bandler and Grinder set themselves the task of modeling and interpreting Erickson's work only to produce a work that needs interpreting in itself. Their use of so many arcane and quite unnatural transformational linguistic terms does little or nothing to clarify Erickson's techniques for the average reader. This may have been some kind of intellectual vanity or maybe they were so caught up in the world of transformational linguistics at the time that they didn't realise the damage they would be doing to generations of inquirers into Erickson's techniques for years to come. We are treated to such wonderful terms as transderivational searches, lesser included structures, selectional restriction violations and counterfactual conditional clauses....One cannot help but wonder if this is this really supposed to clarify Erickson's technique. In my opinion William O'Hanlon makes a much better job of the task of translating Erickson and his patterns in "Solution Oriented Hypnosis" and "Taproots". Most of the same patterns are detected without the need to resort to the unnecessarily confusing linguistic terminology.
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As a qualified Psychologist and Hypnotherapist, I initially purchased this book several years ago to gain an incite into the exciting world or indirect hypnosis. After several pages I started asking myself why have the authors created an text that stops just short of being an indecipherable text.

My overwhelming impression after finishing the book with the help of my own self created glossary (cheaper than a course in NLP), I was left with the unanswerable question why would you create a code that needs further training in order to understand it, if the aim of the book is to further inform the readers about a particular therapeutic modality, rather than strengthening the brand that is NLP.

If you are looking for a more informative text then I suggest reading in order of preference 'Uncommon therapy', 'My voice will go with you', 'The seminars, workshops and lectures of Milton Erickson vol 1', and 'Taproots underlying principles of Milton Erickson's therapy and hypnosis', all of which have enabled me bring Ericksonian principles to my own practice.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anybody except the most ardent fan of NLP and even then expect to be disappointed. The principles of Ericksonian therapy aren't that confusing in reality, however it does take a lot of time to develop the observation skills, and confidence to use confusion and metaphor to facilitate change. I don't think this book builds on either of these essential requirements, so save yourself the trouble and read something more informative.
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This book is a bit loaded with linguistic jargon, but its contribution to NLP is so big that it HAS to merit full marks. Today, the concepts behind Erickson's language have been adopted in life coaching, as well as in NLP and hypnosis, and some brilliant guys, among them Paul McKenna and Anthony Robbins owe much of their success to Erickson's work.

I feel that the jargon and detail are essential in order to cover the subject properly. There is much cross-over with the study of English language, and a study of grammar and syntax in particular will enable you to get more out of this book. We are looking at the field of skilled linguistic communication, so we will naturally need to learn some terminology - if I was advised by a doctor who didn't know the names of various internal organs I would be rather worried!

Awareness of the use of language in terms of Bandler and Grinder's Milton Model leads to a greater understanding of how people receive our words - and because of this, it is little wonder that Ross Jeffries jumped on these ideas for his speed seduction concept. The Milton Model concepts can also be used in order to word our propositions in the most amenable manner, this is why I use it when teaching, simply because I want students to feel that they are learning because they WANT to learn, rather than because they HAVE to. The NLP presupposition that choice is better than no choice encapsulates the philosophy behind this. Erickson took this philosophy to a higher level.

The analysis of presuppositions will raise our communication skill, offering a number of personal benefits. One such benefit being a better understanding of the manipulator and his/her tactics.
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Not what I'd call hypnotic writing.
The subject is tackled in an adequate fashion, but it is done in a dry way, with no prose at all.
The pseudo-maths are not 100% convincing either.

Not very captivating, Grinder and Co could have done better I think.
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This is another great book from Bandler and Grinder, but as another reviewer has pointed out, it is the terms used in the book which can make it a little less enjoyable.
There are a few chioce nuggets in the book as in all their other NLP books, so all in all not my favourite NLP book but still worth reading.
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