Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience

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In recent years, mindfulness has become integrated into many treatment programs for stress reduction, pain relief, anxiety management, and other health and wellness areas. Why has mindfulness, a treatment tool that might easily have been dismissed as esoteric only a few short years ago, become so widely accepted and applied? One obvious answer: Because it works. But how? In this groundbreaking work, noted psychologist Michael Yapko draws attention to the hypnosis embedded within mindful approaches. Here he challenges the conventional wisdom that mindfulness for spiritual pursuits can be applied in clinical contexts without varying its stated methods and goals. Therapy requires attention with intention. He insightfully describes the vital and inevitable role of suggestion and a goal orientation in these processes despite therapists typical insistence they are not being either suggestive or intentional.

Advance Acclaim for Mindfulness and Hypnosis
“Mindfulness and Hypnosis is a fascinating, thorough, thought-provoking look at mindfulnessbased treatment as viewed through the lens of clinical hypnosis. By carefully examining phenomena such as suggestion and dissociation, Dr. Yapko illuminates important aspects of guided mindfulness meditations that might ordinarily escape the awareness of clinicians using these tools. His fresh perspective, presented in clear, accessible language and grounded in years of clinical experience, will stir important debates that promise to help mindfulnessoriented clinicians think much more deeply and carefully about their work.”

—Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology,
Harvard Medical School, and author of The Mindfulness Solution:
Everyday Practices for Everyday Life

“With courage and creativity, Dr. Yapko explores the intersection of mindfulness and
hypnosis and finds many fresh insights and techniques that will benefit psychotherapists
and anyone interested in the inner world. His book embodies many of the virtues of his two
subjects: it is accepting and also prescriptive, spacious and focused, receptive and penetrating.
His writing is clear, open-minded, concise, and practical, and sweeps the reader along with an
exuberance that shines through his scholarship.”

—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain:
The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom

“This book is a gem: by turn accessible, humorous, profound, and thoughtful, it makes a
compelling case for clinicians to capitalize on the power of suggestion in mindfulness basedapproaches, hypnosis, and psychotherapy cast in the broadest terms. With valuable nuggets of clinical wisdom tied to state-of-the-art scientific information, I felt a tinge of regret when this book came to an end, surely one of the highest compliments I can pay an author.”

—Steven Jay Lynn, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Professor of Psychology,
Binghamton University (SUNY )




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