The Anatomy of Experiential Impact is the second volume of a trilogy, and can be read independently of the other books in the series. The first volume, The Induction of Hypnosis (2014), presented Dr. Zeig’s model of hypnosis. The third, Psychoaerobics (2015), presented an experiential method of therapist development. In this book, you will encounter a model of brief therapy that can be applied independent of your preferred model of therapy. Change in therapy is best elicited by the experiences people live, not the information they receive. Hypnosis is fundamentally an experiential method, the imperative of which is, “By living this experience, you can reclaim your ability to change or cope adequately.” The Anatomy of Experiential Impact Through Ericksonian Psychotherapy promotes experiential methods that are derived from a hypnotic orientation, offering a stepwise plan for creating an experientially based brief therapy.
2018 / 286 pages / 6 x 9 / Paperbound / Illustrated / ISBN 978-1-1932248-87-6 / $27.95
A great surprise awaits readers of this practical and provocative book. The groundbreaking ideas proffered by Milton H Erickson all those years ago are vastly expanded and made more precise in the brilliant hands of Dr. Jeffrey Zeig. It's full of wonderful stories, an abundance of wisdom, and a clear roadmap of how to do truly creative and effective clinical work. If you read only one book on therapeutic interventions that facilitate change, make it this one.
— Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.: Author of The Dance of Anger and Why Won't you Apologize?
This is one of the best books I’ve read in psychotherapy in the past 5 years. With remarkable lucidity and wisdom, Dr. Zeig fleshes out the essence of effective therapy. HIs simple clarity and poetic resonance make the book helpful to beginning and advanced therapists alike. I highly recommend it!
— Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D.: Psychologist, and Author of The Courage To Love
This book is fundamentally Ericksonian -- meaning that it is based on the principle ideas of Milton Erickson -- but it also goes beyond Erickson’s foundations and style. Zeig does a beautiful job of graciously crediting Erickson for all that he learned, although he has developed his own perspective on what Erickson taught and puts those ideas into a pragmatic form. Zeig uses a plethora of ways to explain the concepts in this book -- through models, examples, exercises, constructions and deconstructions, discussions, comparisons reflections, and even a transcript. Each approach offers different facets of the larger whole. Readers are given a buffet of choices from which to learn. What shines throughout this book, and the entire series, is Zeig’s strong intellect and his exceptional ability to absorb new ideas, ponder a diverse input of phenomenological perspectives, and bring together opportunities to learn.
— Roxanna Erickson-Klein, RN, PhD: Co-editor, The Collected Works of Milton H. Erickson
Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, is the Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and is president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc., publishers in the behavioral sciences. He has edited, co-edited, authored or coauthored more than 20 books on psychotherapy that appear in twelve foreign languages. Dr. Zeig is a psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona.
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