Sunday, May 27, 2007

Question of the Day - Book on the Night Stand

It seems like having an interest in hypnosis means reading - a lot. I am ever grateful to the book recommendations everyone sends me. It's all part of the learning process. So today, I though I would ask: what hypnosis (NLP or other related subjects) are you currently reading?

Me? I'm reading "Monsters and Magical Sticks: There's No Such Thing As Hypnosis?" by Steven Heller and Terry Steele. I'm not that far along, but its a nice once over of hypnosis and NLP. The authors have a lovely, slightly sarcastic sense of humor, so it's not drudgery to read it and its easy to hold onto the information.

Please feel free to share your reading material.


Anonymous said...

Roy Hunter is prominent on my bookshelf: 'The Art of Hypnosis', 'The Art of Hypnotherapy', and 'Hypnosis for Inner Conflict Resolution' are all worth reading again and again.

I also find myself going back frequently to 'Crucial!' and 'Hypnotic Suggestion' volumes 1 and 2 from Terence Watts. These are books of scripts, and while I don't do scripts with clients I often read scripts relating to a client's needs before the appointment to gather ideas that will end up going into the suggestions I create for that client.

-Michael Raugh

AlienGiblet said...

I have two book suggestions.

First, 'Treating Depression With Hypnosis Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral and Strategic Approaches' Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D. Depression has become epidemic in the western world. Hypnosis is especially suited to the treatment of depression. I don’t know why this short book is not regarded as one of the most important works of our era.

Second, 'Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors' Edited By D. Corydon Hammond, Ph.D. This is the book I keep dipping into, so many ideas from so many contributers from different backgrounds.

The Transparent Hypnotist said...

These are all great. Is "Treating Depression With Hypnosis Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral and Strategic Approaches" readable or do you need a lot of concentration? perhaps this question is ditzy, but it's good to k now.

AlienGiblet said...

Yapko’s work is very readable. “Treating Depression With Hypnosis … …” is a easy 160 pages plus references & appendices. All Yapko’s books are all worth a read. Although I found “Breaking the patterns of depression” less accesable which is a shame as it is a self help book and I feel that someone in deep depression might have problems getting to grips with it. Where Yapko gives examples of actual suggestions or case studies his personal style is Ericksonian without going down the NLP route.

If you do treat depressed clients who live with their families consider recommending “Hand Me Down Blues How To Stop Depression From Spreading in Families” also by Yapko.