A Therapist's Handbook of Hypnosis

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1221–1222. Reviews the book, Practical Clinical Hypnosis: Techniques and Applications by Robert G. Meyer (1992). A comprehensive handbook of clinical hypnosis that is both practical and thorough. The author offers explicit descriptions of techniques and provides a wealth of commonsense advice and thoughtful guidance for using them. He carefully explains the positive and negative indicators for hypnosis in general and specific techniques in particular. In Part 1, Techniques, the author describes the usual induction and deepening methods, but he also has sections or chapters on autogenic training, posthypnotic techniques, self-hypnosis, and hypnotic age regression. Indirect and Ericksonian techniques are described as well as the more traditional methods based on direct suggestions In Part 2, Applications, the full range of clinical uses of hypnosis is discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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