My Voice Will Go with You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson

Milton H. Erikson 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.

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3 comments for “My Voice Will Go with You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson

  1. L. Power "nlp trainer"
    January 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    It’s all in the mind I had read about Erickson as the pioneer of NLP, and his work in hypnosis and psychotherapy and was intrigued. This book is a great introduction to Erickson.These stories are case studies, people with all sorts of problems, and very interesting solutions, and great stories.This guy is a genius. From bedwetting to alcoholism, to repression, I was particularly inspired by a very short story about the Turmahara Indians, and how knowing and thinking about their special abilities can increase your energy levels. If it works for me, it might work for you.There was one story about how he treated one woman who was sexually unresponsive, and through using his storytelling method caused her to have an orgasm in his office without touching her! Before reading this book I had not realised how easily influenced we can be by indirect suggestion, and how powerful his techniques are.Essentially this is a book of anecdotes, with the author who is himself a psychiatrist giving an explanation of the methods and techniques being used by Erickson.Apart from the therapeutic benefits, if you read this book you can really improve your communication and storytelling skills if you follow the principles used here, so I would recommend this book to aspiring story tellers.Think of Erickson as someone who was a master of effecting life altering personal change by being able to communicate on a deeper level. Applied to yourself you can most likely imagine the effect you can have on yourself and others and how you can win friends and influence people by learning this skill.For more case studies, check out Conversations with Milton H. Erickson Vol 1 by Jay Haley. You might find situations in there that relate to issues in your own life. In fact, use the look inside feature and check out the index. I found the chapter on public speaking and performance anxiety quite helpful. Also, check out the Patterns of… Erickson book by Richard Bandler, which gives a a complete analysis of Erickson’s induction methods.Hope you found this helpful.

  2. Karl
    January 21, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Learning was never so easy – before

  3. Anonymous
    January 21, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    One of the Best books on Conversational Hypnosis available – This book is formatted as case studies. Many individual cases personally handled by Dr. Erickson are included in this volume. The best way to appreciate the value and effectiveness of conversational hypnosis is to experience Dr. Erickson’s case studies. Dr. Milton Erickson has been called by many “the father of modern hypnotic therapy” and “the world’s greatest hypnotist”. If you take the time to review some of his case studies, it becomes obvious as to why he was regarded so highly in his field of expertise. I began my studies of Dr. Erickson’s work when I noticed him being quoted so often in both self-improvement books and sales books. Of the many books by Dr. Erickson I have read, this one is by far the best one I have read. In the genres of self-improvement and human influence, this is by far one of the best books available.

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