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The Collected Works of Milton H. Erickson: Volume 12 - Hardcover: Experiencing Hypnosis Therapeutic Approaches to Altered States

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Roxanna Erickson Klein, RN, PhD, LPC, LCDC |  Ernest Rossi, PhD |  Kathryn Rossi, PhD
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Indirect communication is the overall concept we use to cover what we have variously described as two-level communication, the naturalistic approach, and the utilization approach. The common denominator of all these approaches is that hypnotherapy involves something more than simple talk on a single, objective level. The readily apparent, overt content of a message is like the tip of an iceberg. The recipient of indirect communication is usually not aware of the extent to which his or her associative processes have been set in motion automatically in many directions. Hypnotic suggestion received in this manner results in the automatic evocation and utilization of the patient’s own unique repertory of response potentials to achieve therapeutic goals that might have been otherwise beyond reach. In our previous volumes we outlined the operation of this process as the microdynamics of trance induction and suggestion. 

Table of Contents

  1. The Indirect Approaches to Hypnosis
    • Hypnosis in Psychiatry: The Ocean Monarch Lecture
    • Utilization Approaches to Indirect Communication
      • Language and the Art of Suggestion
      • Multiple Levels of Communication in Hypnosis
      • Internal Responses as the Essence of Suggestion
      • Indirect Communication in the Ocean Monarch Lecture
  2. Catalepsy in Hypnotic Induction and Therapy
    • Catalepsy in Historical Perspective
    • Recognizing Spontaneous Catalepsy
    • Facilitating Catalepsy
    • Utilizing Catalepsy
    • Summary
    • Exercises with Catalepsy
    • Demonstration in the Use of Catalepsy in Hypnotic Induction: Hand Levitation in a Blind Subject
  3. Ideomotor Signaling in Hypnotic Induction and Therapy
    • Ideomotor Movements and Signaling in Historical Perspective
    • Recognizing Spontaneous Ideomotor Signaling
    • Facilitating Ideomotor Signaling
    • Facilitating Ideosensory Signaling
    • Utilizing Ideomotor Signaling
    • Summary
    • Exercises in Ideomotor Signaling
    • An Audio-Visual Demonstration of Ideomotor Movements and Catalepsy: The Reverse Set to Facilitate Hypnotic Induction
  4. The Experiential Learning of Trance by the Skeptical Mind
    • Session One: The Experiential Learning of Minimal Manifestations of Trance
    • Session Two: The Experiential Learning of Hypnotic Phenomena
      • Dissociation and the Modern Experiential Approach to Altered States
      • Learning Indirect Communication: Frames of Reference, Metalevels, and Psychotherapy
  5. Electrometric Correlates of the Hypnotic State
    • Electrometric Correlates of the Hypnotic State
    • Standing Potential Correlates of Hypnosis and Narcosis



Roxanna Erickson Klein, RN, PhD, LPC, LCDC's Profile

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Roxanna Erickson Klein, RN, PhD, is a registered nurse for more than 40 years, Roxanna has a passion for the interface for psychological and physical medicine. She has special training in the treatment of recovery from chemical dependency and is currently working on a license in counseling.

Ernest Rossi, PhD's Profile

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Ernest L. Rossi, PhD, is an internationally renowned therapist, teacher and pioneer in the psychobiology of mind-body healing. The author of more than 24 professional books, Dr. Rossi worked with Milton Erickson for eight years and co-authored three classic volumes on therapeutic hypnosis with him. Rossi has also edited four volumes of Erickson's Collected Papers and four volumes of Erickson's Seminars, Workshops and Lectures. He has been conducting research in the psychosocial genomics of ultradian rhythms and their relation to mind-body healing and psychotherapy for over three decades.

Kathryn Rossi, PhD's Profile

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Kathryn Rossi, Ph.D, is a licensed psychologist and certified yoga instructor (RYT 500). She recently co-edited the 16-volume Collected Works of Milton H. Erickson. She and Ernest Rossi are in private practice in Los Osos, Calif.