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on 30 September 2012
If you have more than a passing interest in hypnosis and hypnotherapy then this is a very good book - to reference - and also to learn with.

Michael Yapko is gifted in writing as well as practicing using hypnosis as a therapeutic intervention - and I feel genuinely privileged to own and have this book in my collection...

Hypnosis is a subject that will have you collecting books - because the "word" is the "magic button" we use - to turn an unhelpful idea / belief into a more helpful one to create lasting change...

I am a happy, healthy non-smoker vs I'm a nicotine addict... Your choice...

The book "Trancework" is now in its 3rd edition and is over 10 years old - and will probably become a classic - due to the depth of the information it contains.

It starts off by helpfully covering the "conceptual framework" and asking questions such as, "What is hypnosis - and as importantly - can it help?"

Each chapter (and there's 22 of them) has a conclusion, set of experiential exercises and a list of references - so it would benefit you to have a study partner and a journal to help you get the most out of this book.

The layout and the writing style is quite academic - but not overly dry and boring as some texts unfortunately are - it's written in a way that flows quite nicely.

Reading wise - a chapter at a time - rather than the whole book. Some books you can pick up and read in one sitting - whereas Trancework covers so much material and is quite thought provoking - I reckon you may benefit from glancing at the contents page and dipping in and out initially - and then just setting some goals to read and experience each chapter over a set period of time.

It's also used by some schools of hypnosis as part of the curriculum - this is how I first came across it - it was part of my recommended reading list as I was studying "clinical hypnotherapy"...

I am now at the stage of my life where I reckon all therapy is hypnosis - and a skilled clinician is de-hypnotising rather than hypnotising - and lots of parts of this book have reinforced my belief of this.

Chapter 16 - Hypnotic Phenomena: Eliciting and Utilising Hypnotic Resources actually quotes, "Each person is capable of these hypnotic phenomena to one degree or another in the formal hypnotic interactions because these are in a sense, clinically structured amplifications of everyday experiences."

This is in relation to "how we all hypnotise ourselves - all day - every day"...

This book sits at the level of seriously interested person - or for the professional medical practitioner who may want to enhance his patient - practitioner communication. And it's helpful, really helpful...

It also has a few "hypnotic scripts", a case history, ways of structuring hypnotic language patterns, client sessions etc - so has lots of practical information as well as the theory.

Anyway, well worth buying - and I'm still dipping in and out of "trance" - 10 years later...
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