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Ericksonian Hypnosis and Trance Phenomena

Presented By: Michael Kamins

Michael Kamins

Milton H. Erickson is one of the great hypnotherapists and communicators of the 20th Century. An important facet of Erickson’s work was his utilization of trance phenomena. Trance phenomena – the special FX of consciousness – are those natural cognitive and sensory distortions accompanying states of intense focus, flow, and hypnosis e.g. Hallucination, Amnesia, Anesthesia, Catalepsy, Ideodynamic, etc. These tend to be viewed as the “side effects” of hypnosis, but for Erickson they are essential for hypnotherapy and a regular feature of our everyday experience. Trance phenomena represent our vast potential for adaptation, but they are also how we stay stuck in problem-states.

In this presentation a hypnotic modality centered on trance phenomena will be discussed: Ericksonian language patterns for evoking trance phenomena and building them into suggestions; identifying and treating the trance phenomena in a client’s problem; examples of Erickson’s utilization of trance phenomena in clinical cases and his personal use of them for overcoming polio symptoms, chronic pain, writer’s block, and more.

WTVAHACON / Release Date: Fri, Nov 15, 2019 / Production Date: Sat, May 25, 2019 / Format: HD

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