Trance-Formations: Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the structure of Hypnosis

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of of NLP Books. Interested in NLP? Get this book! John Grinder and Richard Bandlers collaboration in Trance Formations truly aims at the heart of what NLP is all about.While many other books and individuals have tried to capitalize upon the methodologies within NLP, this book is probably where a lot of the other books derived from. Because of this, the book is highly concentrated with information about linguistics...

Published on January 6, 2004 by TonyD

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10 of 23 people found the following review helpful:
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Examples, but bad Intro book. Trance-formations is a fine book to give the new practitioner examples of how hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be used by a skilled practitioner- but I found it rather scant on actual method. There are better books availiable on the subject, but I'd still say that it is a worthwhile read, if only for the entertaining anecdotes within.

Published on July 31, 2000 by quantanephilim

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of of NLP Books. Interested in NLP? Get this book!,January 6, 2004

John Grinder and Richard Bandlers collaboration in Trance Formations truly aims at the heart of what NLP is all about.While many other books and individuals have tried to capitalize upon the methodologies within NLP, this book is probably where a lot of the other books derived from. Because of this, the book is highly concentrated with information about linguistics and most importantly, using it to your advantage.

This highly distilled book is comprised essentially of the transcript of a seminar which doesn't allow for the best outlay that you may come to expect in a book. There is no table of contents or an index. However, the fact that what these guys are saying is so clear, so distilled, and so elucidating, it's extremely easy to forgive them for the lack of structure in the book.

I personally carried this book around like a bible after I had first bought it reading as much as possible. Most of the seminar transcript is also where Grinder/Bandler are using the NLP to influence the audience, so you can actually see how masters of NLP use their technique.

Some of the topics that are covered are: presuppositions, nominalizations, unspecified referential indexes, deletion, mind-reading, ordinal numerals, awareness predicates, and a whole slew of other techniques.

It was only after the usage of this book that I truly began to integrate the use of NLP into my life and finally understood how language, pacing, breathing, and touching can truly allow someone to experience things in a different manner.

This book took me a little extra time to digest, keeping in mind that the intended audience is well educated therapists. However, their speaking style is not difficult to comprehend and anyone wanting to learn NLP and you can do so very well with a solid study of this book.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Bandler never ceases to amaze me, May 30, 2000
By Bluestream (in my world) - See all my reviews

I borrowed this book from my university library... and i haven't returned it for 3 months! A book where you can learn heaps from! Basically, Bandler/Grinder talks and teaches about hypnosis, theraphy, NLP and Milton Erikson. The amazing thing about this type of hypnosis (Indirect Hypnosis) is that you can hypnotise using embeded commands. Lets face it, almost all communication, beliefs, thoughts are hypnosis. Everything is hypnosis. Start thinking you're clumsy and you'll notice you actually are! The trick is, we must choose to hypnotise and instil beliefs that are positive and useful to us, not those that limit us! Bandler and Grinder models the technique of Eriksson, one of the greatest hypno-thrapist in the world before he passed away. Erikson was reknowned for being able to tell a patient a story about a tomato plant (with embeded commands in the story) to relieve the pain of the cancer patient! Totally unrelated story, but indirectly, he's hypnotised his unconscious! A great read for those interested.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction to being in hypnosis ..., July 28, 2000
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This is the big one in terms of learning about hypnosis as an application of the NLP(tm) model. If you are at all interested in hypnosis and especially so if you are interested in NLP(tm)this book will offer you the tools you need to incorporate hypnotic work in your own applications. There is no doubt there are at least five readings worth of material here for you. First of all is the general pattern of induction that Richard and John use. Often times this is language based (words) however it is in no way limited to language as they also offer non-verbal techniques as well. You'll find as you read along with them that the real success is in the deep pacing that they are both masters of using. This alone will keep you entranced. While the induction techniques are most useful they are also in some way the least relevant. The question for me regarding hypnosis has always been: "Utilization?" How does one utilize the hypnotic state. This is where this book truely shines. From their examples on situationally specific utilization to generative utilzation you'll be returning again and again to uncover what they've done to lead to where they've gotten.As in all the Bandler and Grinder books after "Structure of Magic" and "Patterns of M.H.E." this is a written out and edited transcript. That also means that you'll get the influence of the editor (again Steve Andreas) coming through in flavor and content. The best way to ingest and digest the material is just to go along. Read the book as though you were attending a lecture, without notepaper. Just read it through. Then after you have, notice how they (B & G) generated in you the state they're describing. This is what you're reading it for ... to have the state experience so that you too can lead others to it. Then read it again ... more critically noticing as you enter the states of awareness induced what's leading you there. Then again, noticing how you're being set up to be led. Then again, again unpacking the structure of what's happened and happening inside of the hypnotic experience. By then you'll be ready to read the book and get it for yourself.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars You Two Can Learn Hypnosis!, December 12, 1999
By rareoopdvds (San Diego, CA United States) - See all my reviews (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)

Bandler and Grinder's lecture style book is easy to read with many experiemtns to try out. Learning the ways of NLP you can do anchoring, light or deep trance inductions, reframing, and other phenomenal occurences. Also is the discussion of natural states of trance as well as phony mind readers. Putting the reader in a light trance during the intercourse of the book, internally the reader becomes unconsciously aware of how to hypnotize anyone, and when practice, all unconscious information becomes conscious. So then you know it all! Excellent book, well written with humor, wit and practicality for just about anyone doing anything. Bandler and Grinder have mastered their art to an easily accessible practice. Highly reccomended. If you have not already bought 'Frogs Into Princess,' Structure of Magic 1&2,' Patterns 1&2,' and 'Reframing,' you may be advised in the course of reading to read it.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Trance-form your understanding of hypnosis, October 8, 2002

This definitive guide to Ericksonian hypnosis by Bandler and Grinder is superb. They explain how to induce trance and the language patterns to use. They also dispel some myths about hypnosis and discuss how we all go into trance every day -- while we drive, as we doze off, or when we daydream. I have seen copies of this book sold for $. I still would not sell mine for so little money, for the value of the information therein is worth so much more. If you wish to learn Ericksonian hypnosis, then I highly recommend this book to you.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING CLASSIC!, February 3, 2007

Most people do not realize that the contents of this book were taken from transcripts of several live seminars on "Ericksonian-style" indirect Hypnosis conducted by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. The book reads as though you are sitting in the front row and witnessing Bandler and Grinder reveal to you exactly how to do indirect hypnosis, complete with demonstrations of each technique. Since they have not taught together in many years, this is as close to attending a live Bandler and Grinder training as you will come. This book is loaded with insights, tips, techniques - and a great deal of CLEAR and STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTION. If you want to learn HOW TO DO indirect hypnosis, you are going to get a great deal out of this book. It is a MASTERPIECE taught by two brilliant hypnotists and trainers who are legends in the fields of NLP and Hypnosis. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on NLP/hypnosis, November 25, 2001
By A Customer

This book is very informative and demystifies hypnosis. You will learn what hypnosis really is and it is much more than laying on a couch with a hypnotist asking you to stare at a swinging pocket watch as he gives you instructions in monotone. In fact, we all enter hypnotic trance-like states many many times a day. We all conduct hypnosis on each other all the time without even knowing what we are doing. You will learn that hypnosis happens as a result of ordinary conversation between two people. Sales people do it all the time. We even put ourselves in hypnotic trances constantly when we think about different things. People who effictivley pursuade others do it all the time. Also, don't believe psychologist/hypnotists who boo hoo NLP. Hypnosis is part of everyday communication and it does not require any advanced degree to do, just like it doesn't require an advanced degree to sell stuff to the public. What this book does do is teach you language patterns that lead people into hypnotic states. . If you have an understanding of it, which this book will teach you, you can do it at will and not haphazardly without even realizing it.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Most readable & accessible book on conversartional hypnosis,February 22, 1998
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In this book the training transcipts of Richard Bandler and John Grinder come together to unpack the material they uncovered when they modeled the genius of medical hypnotist Milton H. Erickson. This book presents the entirety of the conversational hypnosis model that Erickson employed to sensational and unprecedented results with patients. In addition they simutaneously present their own model within the hypnosis training as they go. As is typical of the NLP(tm) material the information is presented with humor and a bit irreverence for the establishment of medical and academic authority. While poking fun at the "traditional" medical (psychiatric) establishment, Bandler and Grinder make their points about how to use this material in all forms of learning and therapeutic contexts. Simply put there is no better introduction and reference to the model then this. Get the book and read it through - then after you've "experienced" it, go back and re-read it to "get it" in terms of what they're doing as they do it. Enjoy ...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to, and description of hypnotic induction,May 26, 1998
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This is a transcript of a seminar, hence I won't give it a 10 definitely shows a lack of editorial work. That being said, this is an excellent book about hypnosis -- not really NLP. The induction techniques exposed as well as the beginning of a theory that sustain them, seem to be a great advancement over anything else that has been written on the topic of hypnotic induction. However, the credibility of the whole thing is set down by the frivolous assertions about the cure of myopia through hypnosis, for example

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Best single-source guide to get U started in Hypnosis, June 19, 1998

Easy flowing style, non-technical language, natural and enjoyable, it is in my experience one of the finest start-ups available to introduce someone to the field of Ericksonian Hypnosis. John Grinder and Richard Bandler managed to put together a book that offers you first rate experiential learning from the reading, which is no easy task. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to enhance the effectiveness and impact of their communication. Buy 2- one to mark up and tear pages out of, and one to keep nice and clean! Bye for now!

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