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Posted - 05/30/2003 :  02:52:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From: GHarris (Original Message) Sent: 5/14/2001 1:46 AM

I find the case of Betty a rather interesting insight as to how Milton Erickson conducted his therapy. Betty was a nurse at Boston State Hospital in 1956 when ME picked her to use as a subject for a demonstration he was giving there that night on hypnosis. Some of the doctors warned him not to use her because she was suicidal to the point she had already given notice of termination to the hospital and had given away many of her material possessions in advance.

Erickson used her as a subject anyway but did not give her any specific suggestion at all as to future behavior. Instead he had her imagine what he called "the patterns of life". Life in the present, life in the future. Fruits, seeds, young life at the zoo, ect. He had her imagine the things worth living for. No one in the audience even knew he has doing psychotherapapy. They thought he was simply demonstrating the hypnotic phenomena (hallucinations, time distortion, ect.). The next day Betty disappointed and most assumed she committed suicide with many blaming Erkinson as part of the reason.

16 years later Betty called ME to say she was fine. She left that night and immediately enrolled in the military, later got married and had 5 children.

I am wondering. Does anyone on this posting board use similar type "Ericksonian" approach to constructing what is said to a patient in trance where no direct or actual suggestion is made at all?


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From: Lindsay Sent: 5/14/2001 12:03 PM

All the time! Personally I don't think most of us know what is going on in our own heads most of the time so how can we presume to know what is going on in someone else's head.. especially if the subject just sat down, has only given you "some clues" about the 'problem.' Maybe what is 'the problem' isn't or is but the tip of the iceberg... & so in.
My background includes Meditation & Yoga. In a Yoga Nidra session the group first does progressive physical relaxation then the notion of "the resolve" is presented. " ..now concentrate on you sankalpa.." There is a period of silence to allow the group to do just that... work on the inner stuff. For more information; there is a section on Yoga Nidra in McGill's New Encyclopdia of Stage Hypnotism. Look at the works of Swami Satyanada too.
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