Essential texts for the Certfied Hypnosis Professional...
Below are some books I consider must reads for the serious hypnosis professional. After all, you are only as good as your
Monsters and Magical Sticks is a highly readable account of hypnotic phenomena and
how to use them during self-development consulations. Personally I found a lot of useable ideas here. In particular, Dr. Heller's
chapter on the "collapsing anchors" technique explains how to use one of the most powerful hypnotherapy technques
I have ever encountered.
Hypnosis for Change is a book that many hypnotists, myself included, got started
with. Hadley and Staudacher succeeded at creating a concise guide for the learning the basics of hypnosis. If you want to
work with clients you are strongly advised to get competent live training before doing so. However, you can have your initial
adventures by either finding some willing volunteers or perhaps recording the techniques in Hypnosis for Change and listening
back to them to experience hypnosis firsthand.
Mindlines by Hall and Bodenhammer is for the more advanced student of the hypnotic
and persuasive arts. Normally I find much of what is written about Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP to be confusing, unnatural
and quite frankly boring. Yet Mindlines does an admirable job of teaching enhanced communication skills that are naturalistic
and thus easy to apply in real life. Note: this is not the sort of book you will want to read in one sitting. Take it one
chapter at a time to let the material absorb and you will be richly rewarded.
Psycho-Cybernetics by the late, great Dr. Maxwell Maltz is the one book I recommend
most to people who are looking for a practical self-help guide that doesn't require you to "drink the Kool Aid"
so to speak as some cultish offerings of late have. There is a great warmth and humanity present here as Dr. Maltz explains
how you can take control of the subconscious steering system present in all of us. The updated edition by Dan Kennedy preserved
the original spirit while making it more accessible to a modern audience.
59 Seconds by psychologist, magician and professional skeptic Richard Wiseman is chock-filled
with information that is of great value to both the general public and the change-work professional alike. Essentially what
he shares here is self-help information that is scientifically validated and can be readily applied by even the busiest person.
As an added bonus, Wiseman is incredibly funny which makes for an enjoyable read.
The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman (see above) answers the question as to whether
people are born lucky. The research explored here reveals that we consider luck can attributed to certain attitudes, beliefs
and behavior-which means you can change for the better with some intelligent applied effort.
Soul Agreements was written by the recognized leader of New Age style hypnosis
Dick Sutphen. Those of a metaphysical bent will enjoy the wild ride Sutphen takes the reader on as he explores the concepts
of karma and reincarnation and how they impact the present moment. Those who are skeptical of such beliefs, especially those
involved with change work, will benefit too since it will enable you to appreciate a different worldview that some of your
clients may have.
Scientific American Mind is a special publication dedicated to the latest findings
in psychology, brain science and sociology. If you are even remotely interested in this sort of thing you will not want to
miss a single issue.