Essentials of Hypnosis

2nd Edition


This is a condensed version of the comprehensive textbook, Trancework.  

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Essentials of Hypnosis 2nd Edition provides a warm and rich introduction to the fascinating field of hypnosis by one of its leading experts. Readers may be surprised to discover that some of the most important methods in modern integrative health care have a foundation in hypnosis, and that modern neuroscience is regularly learning new things about brain functioning from brain scanning studies of hypnotized individuals.

The emphasis in Essentials of Hypnosis  is on the use of hypnosis as an effective treatment tool. Thus, readers will enjoy and benefit from the wealth of clinical insights and helpful hints Dr. Yapko offers for the skilled use of hypnotic principles and methods. The essentials of this dynamic field are well captured in this practical volume.

Part 1
Developing Your Perspective about Hypnosis

Chapter 1:  Discovering Hypnosis and the Reasons Why it’s Vlaue Keeps Growing

Chapeter 2: Hypnosis Can Be Used in Many Different Contexts

Chapter 3:  The Myths and Hypnosis and Why Common Sense Matters

Chapter 4:  Models of Hypnosis: How You Think about Hypnosis Determines How You’ll Use It

Chapter 5:  The Brain, the Mind, and the Body in Hypnosis

Chapter 6: The Gift of Being Responsive to Hypnosis

Chapter 7: The Changes in Your Experience during Hypnosis

Chapter 8:  Cobditions for Conducting Hypnosis Sessions

Part 2

Putting Hypnosis to Work 

Chapter 9:  Structuring Suggestions

Chapter 10:  Helpful Hints for Constructing Hypnosis Sessions

Chapter 11: Strategies of Hypnotic Induction and Deepening

Chapter 12:  Hypnotic Phenoena: Eliciting and Utilizing Hypnotic Resources

Chapter 13:  Designing and Delivering Goal-Oriented Hypnotic Interventions

Chapter 14: Hypnotic Patterns Commonly Employed in Treating Commo Problems

Chapter 15:  Sample Hypnosis Session Transcripts for Common Problems

Chapter 16: Clinical Hypnosis and Managing Pain

Chapter 17:  Utilizing Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents

Chapter 18:  Rethinking “Resistance” to Hypnosis, Potential Hypnotic Hazards, and Ethical Guidelines

PRAISE for Essentials of Hypnosis

Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D. , The Milton H. Erickson Foundation

“Learning the fundamentals of modern clinical hypnosis is as simple as reading this update to a classic text. Michael Yapko has a gifted ability to comprehensively present building blocks that will edify the novice and serve as important reminders for the experienced practitioner. Essentials of Hypnosis Second Edition is an essential primer of essential concepts. Dr. Yapko has done a great service by providing new, modern understandings in this new edition.”

Conselo C. Casula, President of the European society of hypnosis

“Only Michael Yapko could integrate all the complex facets of the world of hypnosis so completely in one volume. His knowledge is evident in every sentence, accurately selected with incisive precision and mindful creativity. This is a book every expert should have on his or her desk for quick and insightful reference and inspiration.”

David R. Patterson, Ph.D., ABPP, Author, Clinical Hypnosis for Pain Control

“Michael Yapko is among a handful of the best writers and clinical practitioners of hypnosis in the world. With this volume he has somehow surpassed his series of previous books on hypnosis to provide his ultimate work to date. Based on strong theory and science, this remarkable achievement provides page after page of remarkable, practical, and deeply insightful advice about how to apply hypnosis clinically. Yapko’s writing is so compelling and easy to read, it might be easy to overlook that this work will be one of the most influential and innovative that has been produced on teaching even the most experienced clinicians to use this approach with their patients.”

Dan Handel, M.D., Chief, Palliative Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center

“Dr. Yapko’s second edition is an important addition to every clinician’s bookshelf! Dr. Yapko reduces challenging concepts to their essential elements, inviting curiosity and reducing hypnosis to its essential elements. I heartily recommend this text for any medical or mental health clinician with an interest in hypnosis.”

George Burns, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne, Australia; Author, 101 Healing Stories and Happiness, Healing, Enhancement

“Yapko is hypnosis. His accumulated knowledge, research, insights and experience are distilled in Essentials of Hypnosis: one easily readable and essentially practical volume. Curious or convinced, you owe it to you – and your clients – to read and apply this entrancing clinical wisdom.”

Daniel P. Kohen, MD., FAAP, FASCH, ABMH, Co-Director, National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute; Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Minnesota (Retired)

“Whether beginning to learn Hypnosis or continuing and reviewing, refreshing and renewing, learning the essentials from Michael Yapko enriches and informs like no other. This volume not only continues to provide essential critical and foundational concepts and a framework with which to grow, but also provides ongoing nurturance with wise and thoughtful responses to old and new questions that arise while we help people help themselves.”

Pamela Kaiser, PhD, CPNP, Former Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, Medical School; Co-Founder and Co-Director, National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute

“Michael Yapko’s latest contribution to the hypnosis field succeeds as another “must have” for one’s resource library. This perfect primer distills Hypnosis to the exquisitely crisp essentials, without compromising any relevant topic. Easy-to-read and clear explanations offer all the basics for the novice. The numerous practical applications will also appeal to seasoned clinicians seeking to refresh or add additional approaches and strategies to their work with their clients. This revised guide is a great companion to his comprehensive text, Trancework.”