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Selected Papers of Ernest Rossi

For a limited time, we are offering his two celebrated books "The Breakout Heuristic" and "Creating Consciousness" for 50% off the standard price. Add these two beautifully illustrated case-bound to your library.

"The Breakout Heuristic" is contains the selected papers of Ernest Rossi, covering 1967 to 2007, and detailing his research into the then new area of neuroscience, specifically the three factors that facilitate brain growth: novelty, environmental enrichment and physical exercise.

"Creating Consciousness" builds upon the foundation laid in The Breakout Heuristic. Ernest Rossi boldly confronts the essential questions about what is it that makes us human. Rossi first presents core neuroscience research detailing how novelty, enrichment, and the “wonder” of metacognition turns on activity-dependent gene expression and brain plasticity to grow a better brain—in everyday life as well as the arts, culture, humanities, and sciences.

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The Ericksonian Monograph Collection

The Ericksonian Monographs provide an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and clinical experience relating to Ericksonian Hypnosis and to individual and family therapy, with or without hypnosis, utilizing the principles and techniques developed by Milton H. Erickson.

1 - Elements and Dimensions of an Ericksonian Approach

Ericksonian Monograph No. 1 makes available a richly stimulating collection of papers on both clinical and theoretical themes, including previously unpublished work by Erickson. All of the articles here are original and the noted authors come from many perspectives and approaches to treatment - medicine, psychology, social work, family therapy, hypnotherapy, psychiatry. All are in the forefront of what may be the most rapidly growing influence in the field of therapy.

2 - Central Themes and Principles of Ericksonian Therapy

Ericksonian Monographs No. 2 includes a richly stimulating collection of papers on both clinical and theoretical themes. The authors come from many perspectives and approaches to treatment - medicine, psychology, social work, family therapy, hypnotherapy, psychiatry. The focus of this volume is on "Central Themes and Principles of Ericksonian Therapy." The articles presented are an indication of the far-ranging influence of Erickson's work in many areas. Ronald A. Havens begins with a discussion of the fundamental perspective for brief Ericksonian therapy. A comparison of Erickson's utilization approach is provided by Hugh Gunnison. Then, Ernest Rossi offers Part 2 of his article on memory and hallucination.

3 - Treatment of Special Populations with Ericksonian Approaches

Ericksonian Monographs No. 3 includes a stimulating collection of papers from the Third International Congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. The unifying theme of this volume is the clinical use of Ericksonian approaches for various special treatment populations, including clients with phobias, pain, stuttering, autism, psychosis, and multiple personality disorder.

4 - Research, Comparisons and Medical Applications of Ericksonian Techniques

Ericksonian Monographs No. 4 presents a richly stimulating collection of articles which deal with three extremely important areas of development in Ericksonian work: research, integration within the practice of other therapies, and medical applications. The first section focuses on varied research models that are especially useful to the therapist. Jean Godin discusses evocation and indirect suggestion in the communication patterns of Erickson, while Michael B. Murphy takes a linguistic structural approach to indirect suggestion. Of unusual interest is the article by Haim Omer and colleagues which describes the use of standardized hypnotic-relaxation cassettes in a gynecologic-obstetric ward. Based on data taken from seminar participants, Harriet E. Hollander and associates examine the important question of whether hypnosis is an innate ability or a learned skill.

5 - Ericksonian Hypnosis: Application, Preparation and Research

Volume 5 of the Erickson Monographs features articles on the three-sentence induction, the preparatory phase of hypnotherapy, putting life into the therapeutic relationship, empirical investigation of Milton Erickson's approach to trance induction, the use of post-hypnotic suggestion in the hypnotherapy of pain. Also contained in this volume are book reviews on the psychobiology of mind-body healing, experiencing Erickson.

6 - Extrapolations: Demonstrations of Ericksonian Therapy

Volume 6 of the Erickson Monographs features a collection of transcripts, including "The First Session" with Joseph Barber, Accessing Unconscious Processes by Stephen Gilligan, Motivating Action with Hypnotherapy by Stephen Lankton, Solution-Oriented Hypnosis by William Hudson O'Hanlon, Facilitating Creative Moments by Ernest Rossi, and Using Metaphor and the Interspersal Technique by Jeffrey Zeig.

7 - The Broader Implications of Ericksonian Therapy

Volume 7 of the Erickson Monographs features articles including "The Broader Implications of Milton Erickson's Work" by Richard Fisch, "Erickson's Systematic Perspective" by Steve de Shazer, "In Defense of Hypnosis" by Stephen Gilligan, "Milton Erickson's Lesson" by Bradford Keeney and Douglas Flemons, and "Understanding Erickson from His Own Point of View" by Ernest Rossi.

8 - Views on Ericksonian Brief Therapy, Process and Action

Volume 8 of the Erickson Monographs includes the articles "Techniques of Evaluation and Modification of Clients' Attitudes, Motivations, and Expectations About Therapy" by Emanuele Del Castello & Mariarosaria La Manna, "Crisis Intervention with Schizophrenic Patients" by Michael Vancura, "A Marriage of Ericksonian and Psychodynamic Therapy in the Treatment of Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents" by Janet Sasson Edgette and "Milton H. Erickson's Increasing Shift to Less Directive Hypnotic Techniques as Illustrated by Work with Family Members" by Betty Alice Erickson-Elliott & Roxanna Erickson Klein.

9 - The Essence of a Single-Session Success

Volume 9 of the Erickson Monographs features an "Erickson Hypnotic Demonstration" from 1964, documented by Jay Haley, "A Cognitive Contextual Theory and Classification of Milton H. Erickson's Hypnotherapeutic Techniques" by Akira Otani, "A Multischema Model for Combining Ericksonian and Cognitive Therapy" by Jeffrey B. Feldman, "Case Commentary: A Woman with Chronic Anxiety and Panic Attacks" by Richard Fisch, and "'Trance-formational' Moments in the Trance Work of a Session Conducted" by Stephen R. Lankton by Bradford P. Keeney & Gregg Eichenfield.

10 - Difficult Contexts for Therapy

Volume 10 of the Erickson Monographs features articles including "Hypnosis and Cancer Pain: Ericksonian Approach Versus Standardized Suggestibility Testing" by Hansjörg Ebell, "On the Social Nature of the Unconscious Mind" by Eric Greenleaf, "Managed Care, HMOs, and the Ericksonian Perspective" by Michael F. Hoyt, "The Effects of Therapeutic Stories on Adolescent Behavior Patterns" by Harry Vincenzi, and "Ericksonian Communication and Hypnotic Strategies in the Management of Tics and Tourette Syndrome in Children and Adolescents" by Daniel P. Kohen.

Empowering Experiential Therapy Series

The Empowering Experiential Therapy series, by Jeffrey Zeig, PhD, presents an experiential approach to psychotherapy. In this collection, you’ll learn to use evocative communication to enhance your therapeutic practice. This four book series presents Dr. Zeig’s model of hypnosis; outlines what it means to make brief therapy experiential; defines conceptual and evocative communication; and displays how to apply art to psychotherapy.

The Induction of Hypnosis

Offering an entirely new fundamental model of hypnosis from an Ericksonian perspective, this book is valuable to the beginning and intermediate practitioner who wants to add hypnotherapy into clinical practice. It provides a comprehensive genealogy (an Ericksonian family tree), testimony to Dr. Erickson’s significant influence; deconstructs the key concepts of hypnosis; presents real-life cases, dispels myths; and demystifies the process of eliciting trance.

The Anatomy of Experiential Impact Through Ericksonian Psychotherapy

The Anatomy of Experiential Impact is the second volume of a series, 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.


Zeig’s goal is to retrain therapists from the bottom up, experientially. So with this in mind, he designed exercises for therapists to use so that they could have more emotional impact. He compares his therapeutic work-out with that of a gym, whereby certain stations are set up to work specific muscle groups. The 10 Warm-up Exercises and 50 Psychoaerobic Exercises are designed accordingly. Introductions precede the exercises and often there is a discussion afterward. The exercises were derived from Zeig modeling Milton Erickson and the states for which Dr. Erickson was most noted.


The final contribution of a quartet of revelatory volumes — Psychoaerobics, The Induction of Hypnosis, and Anatomy of Experiential Impact — Evocation both builds on the previous books and stands alone. Evocation weaves together various rich threads — encounters with art, exercises for reader engagement, case excerpts, insights into Erickson’s cases, and so much more — to reveal the endless potential for evoking fresh resolutions within clients. Jeff redefines the therapeutic encounter to include an essential multidimensional vocabulary — spoken, gestural, hypnotic — that can naturally ebb and flow with the client’s capacity for engagement.

The Collected Works of Milton Erickson

The Collected Works series represents a major and ongoing commitment to gather and assemble the wealth of material created by Dr. Erickson during five decades of work. Beyond preserving this great pioneer's legacy, the purpose of the series is to make his knowledge, insight, techniques, and discoveries accessible to students, researchers, clinicians and educators in the behavioral and health sciences, including neuroscience.

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Volume 1: The Nature of Therapeutic Hypnosis

Erickson’s experimental and therapeutic explorations with the hypnotic modality span more than 50 years. His successful rejuvenation of the entire field may be attributed to his development of the nonauthoritarian approaches to suggestion wherein subjects learn how to experience hypnotic phenomena and how to utilize their own potentials to solve problems in their own way. The contents of this volume can be best understood as working papers on a journey of discovery. There is little that is fixed, final, or permanently validated about them. Most of these papers are heuristics that can stimulate the mind of the reader and evoke the awe of discovery, which is unlimited in the realm of human consciousness.

Volume 2: Basic Hypnotic Suggestion and Induction

In these papers, written over a period of several decades, we see a renaissance of new approaches to hypnotherapy and a remarkable creativity in facilitating symptom relief, depth psychology, and the actualization of personal potentials. One intuits in Erickson’s innovative approaches an unusual respect and appreciation for the complexity of the human psyche. We see him as an explorer who is constantly mindful of his own limitations, while fully aware of the patient’s own potentials for self-cure and development. We see in these papers his efforts to break out of the limiting assumptions that underlay many “schools” of psychotherapy.

Volume 3: Opening the Mind: Innovative Psychotherapy

The collected papers of the first section all demonstrate Erickson's utilization approach to a variety of psychological problems. Utilization theory emphasizes that every individual's abilities and inner resources must be accessed in order to determine how they may be evoked and utilized for therapeutic purposes. The next part illustrates a variety of Erickson's indirect approaches to symptom resolution. This is followed by papers on sexually related problems illustrative of the extremely wide range of approaches the hypnotherapist has available. The last section illustrates the facilitation and utilization of the patient’s own inner resources for solving personal problems. In a number of these illustrations, Erickson did not even know the nature of the problem that the patients solved within the privacy of their own trance experience.

Volume 4: Advanced Approaches to Therapeutic Hypnosis

This volume contains some of Erickson’s most brilliant yet controversial papers about utilizing the patient’s classical symptoms of anxiety, confusion, and resistance in psychotherapy and therapeutic hypnosis. Even reading the first paper about Erickson’s “confusion technique in hypnosis” tends to make some readers confused about how this pioneering work is supposed to operate. What are the basic principles of working with the patient’s conflicts, confusion and resistance? Like many pioneers, Erickson tried to explain his thinking as he reported his actual experiences with patients, but one looks in vain for a clear protocol that students can follow to repeat his therapeutic success. The patient’s urgent needs and Erickson’s highly original approaches interact to generate complex therapeutic responses that always seem to be one-of-a-kind situations that defy scientific analysis.

Volume 5: Classical Hypnotic Phenomenon, Part 1

The papers of this volume are illustrations of Erickson's early work on classical hypnotic phenomena such as amnesia, age regression, automatic writing, and literalness as well as the mental mechanisms involved in Freudian “psychopathology and dual personality.” In this clinical research Erickson frequently was responding to the Zeitgeist that surrounded him in his professional appointments in the 1930s and 1940s. While Erickson was able to use hypnosis to validate certain psychoanalytic conceptions of psychodynamics, he never identified himself as a partisan of any psychoanalytic school. Indeed, he often decried what he felt was a premature limitation and rigidification of our understanding of human nature in the belief system of most “true believers” of any “school.”

Volume 6: Classical Hypnotic Phenomenon, Part 2

This volume highlights some of the most significant transitions from his classical papers about hypnotic phenomena written during his early career when he was working in isolation to his eventual co-authorship with a number of his colleagues and students over two generations. The final section of this volume, “Explorations in Hypnosis Research and Practice,” presents an overview of some of these developments from Erickson’s founding of The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis to the present. An interesting example of a practical, teachable, action model of Ericksonian approaches to therapeutic hypnosis and psychotherapy is offered, for example, by the current editor of The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Stephen Lankton, in his chapter: “A Basic Footprint of Erickson’s Process of Change.”

Volume 7: Mind-Body Healing and Rehabilitation

This volume illustrates how classical psychosomatic medicine becomes psychosocial genomics just as surely as the 21st century becomes the 22nd. This is an example of how science is self-correcting and continually evolving. Erickson's Collected Works is updated with current concepts of neuroscience, psychosocial genomics, and bioinformatics for students, clinicians, and researchers who wish to extend his innovative therapeutic approaches into the future. Erickson mediated the transition between classical hypnosis as a curious alchemy of abnormal states of mental dissociation and suggestion to a new form of psychotherapy when he began publishing his early studies of psychosomatic phenomena in the 1930s.

Volume 8: General and Historical Surveys of Hypnosis

In these papers, written over a period of more than four decades, we see a renaissance of new approaches to hypnotherapy and a remarkable creativity in facilitating symptom relief, depth psychotherapy, and the actualization of personal potentials. One senses in Erickson’s innovative approaches an unusual respect and appreciation for the complexity of the human psyche. We see him as an explorer who is constantly mindful of his own limitations while fully aware of the patient’s own potentials for self-cure and development. We see in these papers his efforts to break out of the limiting assumptions that underlay many “schools” of psychotherapy.

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The Handbook of Ericksonian Psychotherapy

Edited by Brent B. Geary, PhD, and Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, this long-awaited volume gathers 40 of the field's innovators, to celebrate -- to demonstrate -- the breadth and scope of Milton H. Erickson's legacy. A credit to the ongoing relevance and variety of Erickson's work is the diversity reflected by this panel of clinician-teachers who, within these pages, clarify the effectiveness of Ericksonian psychotherapy for everything from pain management to trauma resolution -- and the clinical considerations attending its use. Together, these thoroughly unique profiles in therapy showcase the enduring vitality of Erickson's contributions for today and beyond.

Ericksonian Terminology

This glossary defines over 275 terms central to the work of Milton H. Erickson. This glossary includes English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French translations. From “Abreaction” to “Yes-Set,” this Glossary brings a needed consistency to the way in which specific terminology is used in Ericksonian literature. The entries clarify the meaning of what is written by and about Dr. Erickson, and enhance accessibility to this vital literature, as well as serve current and future authors in their preparation of works dealing with Ericksonian concepts.

The Glossary is also an integral part of a worldwide project to include multiple translations. Portuguese and Russian versions are nearly completed. This project is an evolving body of work which is anticipated to grow as it serves those who find the Ericksonian approach useful in their own work.

More About Milton Erickson

“Each person is a unique individual. Hence, psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the individual’s needs, rather than tailoring the person to fit the Procrustean bed of a hypothetical theory of human behavior.” – Milton H. Erickson

Milton Hyland Erickson was an American psychiatrist who specialized in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He was founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and noted for his approach to the unconscious mind as creative and solution-generating.

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TranceForming Ericksonian Methods: 21st Century Visions

This book has a special meaning for authors Camillo Loriedo, Giorgio Nardone and Jeffrey Zeig. It is both the outcome of and a “snap shot” of a common work they developed over the last ten years. Throughout this time they met at least once a year to hold a workshop on their styles of hypnosis and therapy. As they taught, they also shared and examined each other’s theoretical and personal perspectives. Over the years, as each of them grew in their own understanding, their different operative modalities and points of view have, gently, without forcing, developed in harmonic and complementary ways. The perspectives offered here stem from their following this collaborative course.

Letters of Milton H. Erickson, M.D.

As a reader, you will meet the luminaries with whom Erickson interacted, both in the field of psychiatry and in related disciplines. Sit in on Erickson as he consults on cases with renowned psychoanalysts, exchanges views with Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead, and discusses research issues with Stanley Milgram. Read firsthand Erickson's advice to patients, colleagues, and students

A Tribute to Elizabeth Moore Erickson

This portrait of Milton Erickson’s wife reveals her unique contributions to his work, as well as her own productive life. The author follows the tapestry of Elizabeth’s life, beginning with childhood, the circus, and the first moment of courtship, when Milton spotted Elizabeth as he looked out the window. Then and there he declared with certainty that he was going to marry her! The chapters interweave Elizabeth’s varied roles, as psychology student, author, editor, proofreader, hypnotic subject, wife, hostess and mother. She worked alongside her husband at the dining room table to help produce the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis and facilitate the comfort of many patients who Dr. Erickson treated in their living room. Includes a special family photo album, a foreword by Roxanna Erickson-Klein and Betty Alice Erickson, and a collection of articles by Elizabeth Moore Erickson.

Milton Erickson Lives!: A Personal Encounter

Milton H. Erickson Lives has the feel of an impressionist painting. In its details and broad strokes, the book brings to life a time long ago that has natural resonance in this time. The book focuses on an unusual man—from the perspective of an unusual man. Original transcripts, rare photographs, and the special tone and palette of memory draw the reader into the vivid experience of what is being described.

That's Right, Is It Not?: A Play about the Life of Milton H. Erickson, M.D.

Imagine spending an evening with the icons of a profession and you begin to appreciate what Rubin Battino has fashioned in his literary play on the life of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Using this dramatic device, like a Greek dialogue, Battino applies the same approach he used in his highly successful bioplay of Viktor Frankl: Meaning. The voices of Dr. Erickson, his family, Margaret Mead, Stanley Milgram, John Weakland, Jay Haley, and many, many others resonate in the reader s mind. Using Erickson s own words, and the words of his contemporaries, the scenes cover his early life and professional development, his family experiences, his professional interactions, and even some classic cases. All of the sequences play out with a wide range of effects, from warmly anecdotal and profoundly insightful, to dramatically intense, sometimes humorous, and even lyrical. Complimenting the text are many, many photographs: some never seen by the general public. For the reader well versed in Erickson s life, this will be a pleasant experience; for those unaware of the events that shaped the man and his achievements, this book will be a revelation.

The Seminars of Milton H. Erickson: No. 1 Presentation to the San Diego Society of Clinical Hypnosis

The Presentation to the San Diego Society of Clinical Hypnosis, April 29, 1962 , is the first offering in the series. This seminar describes essential differences between traditional hypnosis and the more versatile practice of modern hypnosis. Information is presented on specific clinical problems, including sexual dysfunction, pain management, psychosomatic problems, and parent-child issues. The contents of this lecture are divided into five chapters:

  • That Which Occurs Within
  • The Inward Orientation
  • Frigidity and Impotence
  • The Individual Approach
  • Common Sense Suggestion

Conversations with Milton H. Erickson: Volume III: Changing Children and Families

The interviews that make up this volume share Dr. Erickson’s methods of dealing with whole families, and his therapy of children. Taken from recorded conversations by Jay Haley and John Weakland from 1958 to 1961, they present the techniques and processes of a therapist who had already been pursuing methods of therapy the rest of the world had barely begun. Throughout the course of these conversations, Erickson continually refocuses the attention of the interviewers back to what he thinks is important: the operations to induce change. The conversations cover family interview techniques, disengaging family members, the ordeals of parents and children, and dealing with the difficult family.

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