'New Life Patterns': Recommended Reading

My Voice Will Go With You:
The Teaching Tales of
Milton H. Erickson, M.D.

Sidney Rosen (Editor)

Milton H. Erickson has been called the most influential hypnotherapist of our time. Closely related to his therapy was his use of "teaching tales." Calling upon shock, surprise, confusion—with generous use of questions, puns, and playful humor—he seeded suggestions indirectly and positively with these tales, here gathered together by Dr. Rosen.



Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of
Milton H. Erickson, M.D

Richard Bandler (Author), 
John Grinder (Author)


By  Anthony Louis

This book (Volume I) is worth reading by anyone interested in hypnosis. The authors present the major linguistic techniques that Erickson used to induce and maintain hypnosis, as well as his methods of doing hypnotherapy. They approach Erickson from the discipline of linguistics, so the reading is a bit technical at times, but perfectly understandable if you stick with it. They review the same material many times to make it very clear to the reader. I wish there were an accompanying audiotape of Erickson so that the reader could hear the analogical markings that Erickson uses with his speech to clients. Anyone seriously interested in Erickson's approach to hypnosis should read this book.



Uncommon Therapy:
The Psychiatric Techniques of
Milton H. Erickson, M.D.

Jay Haley (Author)

Milton H. Erickson, M.D. is generally acknowledged to have been the world's leading practitioner of medical hypnosis. His "strategic therapy," using hypnotic techniques with or without actually inducing trance, allows him to get directly to the core of a problem and prescribe a course of action that can lead to rapid recovery. This book provides a comprehensive look at Dr. Erickson's theories in practice, through a series of case studies covering the kinds of problems that are likely to occur at various stages of the human life cycle. The results Dr. Erickson achieves sometimes seem to border on the miraculous, but they are brought about by a finely honed technique used by a wise, intuitive, highly trained psychiatrist-hypnotist whose work is recognized as a major contribution to the field.



Hypnotherapy Scripts 2nd Edition

Ronald A. Havens (Author),
Catherine Walters (Author)

Hypnotherapy Scripts, 2nd Edition is a straightforward, practical guide for doing Ericksonian hypnotherapy. This book not only explains the rationale for every step in the hypnotherapeutic process, it also contains sample scripts for each step. This edition guides professionals through the construction of their own hypnotherapy induction and suggestion scripts. Recent research and writings on the role of unconscious processes, wellness and positive psychology have been added to this edition. Also included is a detailed review of the Diagnostic Trance process, a therapeutic procedure unique to this text.

CDN (1st Ed.)     USA


Solution-Oriented Hypnosis:
An Ericksonian Approach

Bill O'Hanlon (Author), Michael Martin (Author)

"Demystification" has become an intellectual buzzword; finally, we have a book that accurately fits the definition. When most people think of "hypnosis" they imagine either a sinister, Mesmeresque figure declaring to his subject "you're getting sleepier and sleepier ... your eyelids are getting heavier and heavier, you vill go into trance," or an entertainer compelling a subject to "cluck like a chicken." In this comprehensive introduction to hypnosis based on the pioneering work of Milton H. Erickson, William O'Hanlon demystifies the concept of "trance" and "hypnosis." He goes to the heart of the subject by answering the question: "What is trance?" But be forewarned: This is no dry, formal discourse on trance induction techniques. Rather, readers are invited to share the experience of attending one of O'Hanlon's lively and popular two-day workshops on Ericksonian hypnosis. In an energetic and often humorous manner, O'Hanlon takes his audience through the basics of trance induction and explains the how, what, and why of hypnosis. Readers familiar with Erickson's work will be delighted at the author's Class of Problems/Class of Solutions approach, which deconstructs Ericksonian interventions and provides a powerful new tool in directing clients toward solution. Each individual element of trance induction is explained clearly, through the use of case examples, demonstrations, and audience participation exercises. The book's gradual approach takes readers through the hypnotic process in a step-by-step fashion, increasing their skills and confidence.



The Wisdom of Milton H. Erickson:
The Complete Volume

Ronald A. Havens (Author)

This outstanding work of research extracts the core wisdom of Milton H. Erickson’s life-long work. Gleaned from the records of over 140 publications and lectures given by Erickson during his career this combined volume is an essential part of the available literature on Dr. Erickson. Part One on Human Behavior and Part Two on Psychotherapy, presents his methods and lessons, including his feelings on the use of objective observation, the uniqueness of the conscious mind, the realities and abilities of the unconscious mind, the creation and use of a therapeutic environment, and many other aspects of the life and work of this remarkable thinker and teacher. Part Three, Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy, presents a clear account of how Dr. Erickson conceived of hypnosis, particularly its access to the unconscious and its role in the process of therapy.



Therapeutic Trances:
The Co-Operation Principle In Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
Stephen G. Gilligan (Author)

This innovative volume describes the therapeutic use of trance state. It shows how therapists may cooperate with clients to translate problems into solutions. Chapters present a framework for understanding Ericksonian hypnotherapy; associational strategies; practical aspects of trance induction; and more.



Developing Ericksonian Therapy:
A State Of The Art

Jeffrey K. Zeig (Editor), Stephen R. Lankton (Editor)

First Sentence:

On Nov. 16th, 1986, The New York Times (Lindsey, 1986) featured a front-page article about a Mrs. Knight, who maintained that a 35,000-year-old man, Ramtha, "used her body to speak words of wisdom." 



The Answer Within:
A Clinical Framework Of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

Stephen R. Lankton (Author)

The authors present the structure of Erickson's hypnotherapeutic work by taking the reader step-by-step through the diagnostic and treatment processes. Special attention is given to the use of multiple embedded metaphor as a modality to deliver interventions. 



Ericksonian Methods:
The Essence Of The Story

Jeffrey K. Zeig (Editor)

The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Phoenix, Arizona. Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, held in Phoenix, Arizona, December 2-6, 1992. 36 U.S. contributors. 



Phoenix: Therapeutic Patterns of Milton H. Erickson

David Gordon (Author), Maribeth Meyers-Anderson (Author)


By  Laura De Giorgio   

The book examines patterns in Dr. Erickson's creation, organization, and utilization of therapeutic interventions. What makes these patterns valuable is that they work - if you learn and use them you will be able to reproduce in your own therapeutic work many of the seemingly magical outcomes that are characteristic of Erickson's work.



Enchantment and Intervention in Family Therapy: Training in Ericksonian Approaches 

Stephen R. Lankton (Author), Carol Hicks Lankton (Author) 

First Sentence:
I want to begin by giving you a definition of enchantment as we use it.



The Legacy of Milton H. Erickson:
Selected Papers of Stephen Gilligan

Stephen G. Gilligan (Author)

Stephen Gilligan closes his introduction to this collection of his writings on Erickson with, appropriately enough, a story. When asked how he might repay Erickson for his generosity over the years, Erickson said simply, by passing on to others what has been useful. Stephen Gilligan has been fulfilling that request ever since.
The Legacy of Milton H. Erickson: Selected Papers of Stephen Gilligan is a labor of love that provides tremendous insight into the work of both men. After all, a large part of Erickson's legacy is the students he taught. And the progression of the enclosed papers shows well how the student becomes the teacher, with the content of the work remaining in place even as the context is changing.

Divided into three sections - on theory, application, and transition- the papers trace the major tenets of Erickson's approach and demonstrate clearly that these are not merely of historical interest, but of vast and urgent contemporary significance. Three of Erickson's overarching concepts drive Gilligan's work now as in the past: the principle of utilization; the intelligence of the unconscious; and the mathematics of relationship, that is, the therapist and client have creative capacities together that are greater than either one has alone. This collection shines a light on the ongoing veracity of Erickson's approach and on the evolution of Gilligan's.



Assembling Ericksonian Therapy
[Hardcover, Illustrated]

Stephen R. Lankton MSW DAHB LLC (Author)



Meetings with a Remarkable Man:
Personal Tales of Milton H. Erickson

[Audio CD, Abridged, Audiobook]

Bill O'Hanlon (Author)

Here is Bill O'Hanlon, the storyteller, at his best. From his very first encounter with Dr. Milton Erickson, to his apprenticeship as Dr. Erickson's gardener, Bill O'Hanlon's narrative is both personal and informative. He explains how Dr. Erickson's life story impacted significantly on how he practiced his therapy and how he had the uncanny knack of knowing, in advance, exactly what a person was looking for. Listening to these tales will both delight and educate you. Also included is Trance Plants, an original song written and sung by Bill O'Hanlon dedicated to Milton H. Erickson. I only wish I had been able to have talked with him about my work and my understanding of his work before his death.



The Handbook of Ericksonian Psychotherapy 

Brent B., Ph.D. Geary (Editor), Jeffrey K. Zeig (Editor)

Celebrating more than 20 years of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, this volume brings together 40 of the field's innovators to demonstrate both the breadth of Ericksonian therapy - from pain management to trauma resolution - and the clinical considerations attending its use.



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