Top positive review
A brilliant and inspiring read
26 May 2012
When I bought this book it had 20 reviews. Of these, 18 were glowing 5 stars whilst the other 2 were very negative 1 or 2 stars. Such polarisation of views always intrigues me. One of the negative reviews suggested that the 5 star reviews must have been written by the authors friends, so let me make two things clear from the start.
1. I have no connection with Trevor Sylvester, or any of his friends, family etc. I have never met or spoken to any of them and, in fact, I don't even live in the same country. This review is absolutely independent.
2. I am just reaching the end of 18 months of study with the ICHP in Ireland to become qualified as an analytical hypnotherapist, so I have more than a passing interest in the subject.
On to the book review. I found it to be absolutely brilliant and cannot praise it highly enough. The first half consists of Trevor's theory of how the human mind evolved, developed and how it works. In particular, why it doesn't work well sometimes and why mental processes appear to work against our best interests. Trevor draws on the work of many people and the latest research to make his points and as other reviewers have noted, there are many 'aha' moments. I have read Freud, Jung and many other theories about personality, but this is the first time that I have read something that really makes sense and seems to explain human behaviour in such a neat package. Everyone should read this because it explains why we do what we do.
The second half of the book concentrates on actual therapy and gives a a range of techniques to deal with the various mental problems that clients may present with. Almost all of these techniques are already known to me through my training with the ICHP, but they are presented in a very user-friendly way and they are grouped together in a useful way.
I found that Trevor's writing style was a pleasure to read and his anecdotes and stories were both interesting and enjoyable. There are many things I will take away from this book but the one that stands out is the idea that what appears to be a client's resistance may well be that he/she is being asked to do something difficult for them. If a technique appears to fail then it should tell the therapist something about the client and the therapist should be able to seamlessly switch to a different technique that either uses a different submodality or tackles the problem by intervening in a different 'problem quadrant'.
I find it difficult to find a negative aspect to this book and the only thing I can think of is that the layout is not ideal. Although the book took 4 years to write there is the appearance of being rushed to print. There are a number of typos (including on the back cover where 'Wordweaving' is printed as 'Wordeaving'. There is a paragraph on p226 that is in the wrong place and inner margins are too narrow making it difficult to read. However, this is a minor point in what is otherwise an outstanding book.
I have already ordered the other two books written by Trevor.
Please note that Trevor's second book appears to be listed on Amazon twice under different names - 'Wordweaving 2' and 'The Question is the Answer'. Don't make the mistake of ordering both thinking they are different books.