Thursday, 8 July 2010

Milton Erickson - Is the Emperor Naked?

From Yahoo Groups!

In, "Bhadra"
I'm interested in learning more about Rapid Inductions and Ericksonian Conversational Hypnosis Techniques.

Hi Beth

If you look hard enough you might find a video on-line of Erickson working with
a girl called Ruth. The film lasts about 30 minutes during which time Erickson
uses just about every Ericksonian trick in the book, mostly in an attempt to
achieve some kind of automatism.

Two things about the film are surprising, in my opinion. Firstly, nothing works.
I know that sounds daft, but it's true. Secondly, Erickson seems to think it has
worked. After all, if he knew it was a flop, why publish it?

You can read my transcript here:

I know it goes against the perceived wisdom, and is an heretical thought, but if
Erickson cannot do Ericksonian hypnosis, what chance does anyone else stand?

For a rapid induction, try this

I don't mean to compare myself favourably with Milton Erickson, but I think I
manage in thirty-two seconds what he fails to achieve in 32 minutes.

Best wishes

Barry Thain
Clinical Hypnotist

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