Posts Tagged ‘Induction’

By Richard Landis, Ph.D. Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 53 seconds

Jack was a 35-year-old accountant who was terrified of being wrong or criticized. He initially came in requesting help with his ten-year-old son, Nathan. Homework was a constant battle. Jack would show Nathan how to do it the right way and Nathan would want to do it his own way. Jack complained that if Nathan would do it the right way, the homework would be finished within half an hour. This would allow Jack to enjoy a quiet evening reading the beloved hardback mystery books he collected. → Read more

By Milton H. Erickson, M.D.

From the Erickson Archives

Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes, 42 seconds 

I have been asked to make a recording of an induction technique. After much thought on this matter, I believe I can be of much more service in another way. My own induction techniques are expressive to me, of my timing, of my rhythm, my personality, my emotional feeling, my attitude toward my patient. So it is with anybody else, and so it should be with anybody else. An induction technique is not a series of words, phrases, or sentences. Nor is it just a matter of suggestions, intentions, inflections, pauses, and hesitations. An induction technique is both simply and complexly a matter of communication of ideas and understandings and attitudes by the doctor to his patient. → Read more

By Rachel Heslin Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 24 seconds

When I was a child, my father was attending graduate school at USC, working toward his doctorate in educational psychology. Each time he would learn a new theory, he’d enthusiastically come home and try to apply it with my younger brother and me. It was kind of hit-and-miss in terms of efficacy, but we seemed to have turned out okay.

One of the things I notice in retrospect is how, as he grew in experience, his understanding of these theories, and application of that understanding, became more fluid, more nuanced as he shifted from learning to knowing. When he first started studying under Erickson, it felt (from my admittedly limited perspective) that Dad’s focus was on acquiring techniques: How do you tell a story? What tone and cadence of voice and choice of words do you use to help the client slide into a trance state to best facilitate an induction? → Read more