The Wisdom of Milton H Erickson

This outstanding work of research extracts the core wisdom of Milton H. Erickson’s life-long work.

The Wisdom of Milton H Erickson ISBN: 9781904424963

The Wisdom of Milton H Erickson

By Ronald Havens

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Milton H. Erickson was one of the most creative, dynamic and effective hypnotherapists and psychotherapists of the twentieth century. He used unconventional techniques with remarkable success. 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, present 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.

30 Years in 13 Hours

The Wisdom of Milton H. Erickson is a gift to therapists. Ronald A. Havens’ has distilled the thought of Erickson from over 140 publications into titles and subtitles that grant practitioner’s direct and specific access to Erickson’s writing and, like a sorting machine, can take the reader to almost whatever topic they may require—or at least within close proximity to it. This is the closest and certainly most affordable way for a professional to have the next best thing to the man himself as a guide. Those new to Erickson’s academic writing and/or the profession will want to have this book on their shelf, and seasoned practitioners will also enjoy the layout of this book, for its speedy reference value alone.
The book is divided into three sections. These sections are comprised of thirteen chapters –these chapters encompass over 130 subheadings. The book is, in a word, comprehensive. One of Erickson’s great achievements was his ability to present complex ideas in plain and pleasant language. And this is why this book is so important: it affords readers the opportunity to get to grips with, to borrow from Havens’ title, Erickson’s wisdom. Under the subheading Patients Can and Must Do the Therapy, Erickson remarks that “In a learning situation you have to do your own learning. I want you to learn a lot faster than I did, it took me about 30 years to learn, and there is no sense in that” (p107). This book will undoubtedly help with his wish and indeed with one’s own learning

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