Posts Tagged ‘Performance’
Milton Erickson is known as one of the pioneering psychotherapists of the 21st century. The Milton H. Erickson Foundation has content surrounding this genius man that is free and available for purchase. From countless books, exciting streaming content, online reading material, and more, we have everything you need to learn about Milton Erickson. Whether you are just learning about him for the first time and don’t know where to start or are an experienced Ericksonian eager to get your hands on more material, you can’t go wrong. Here we have compiled a list of resources we have available to help you on this journey. → Read more
Milton and Elizabeth Erickson’s professional collaboration didn’t stop with their early papers on time distortion. During Milton’s last seven years, when I was a frequent visitor to the Erickson household and office, Betty was very much involved in all aspects of his work. After I had my first baby and was pregnant with the second, Betty took care of my daughter for a whole morning so that I could have uninterrupted time with Milton. The rapport between Milton and Betty and her involvement was as important to me as my direct studies with Milton. → Read more
This past year, everyone has gotten used to the pandemic life, and with that has come relationship stress. Whether you live with your partner or not, this is a big stressor many people are feeling. Those that live with their partner are together more often than usual with their partner as we all have been quarantining, on lockdown, or trying to stay safe. You’re also seeing couples working remotely, juggling multiple jobs, handling child and elder care, and struggling to find that disconnect between work and home. Those couples that don’t live together are struggling from similar situations, but also not being together as often, relying on virtual time together, and possibly having a long-distance relationship. → Read more
This is a review of one of the many videos from The Erickson Video Collection.
“I have watched this hour-long video several times now and each time I gleaned more learnings. I am only beginning to grasp the wisdom of Erickson’s understanding of trauma. But despite its complexity, Jeff Zeig makes it much easier to understand with his insightful commentary. → Read more
This past year has been full of political uncertainty as many have anxiety and stress over the political environment, the transition of power, and the future of our nation.
American Psychology Association conducted a Stress in America™ survey that revealed 77% of Americans say the future of our nation is a significant source of stress and 68% of people say that they are stressed by the current political climate. → Read more
I have published many stories of my time with Dr. Milton Erickson, many of which appear in the book Experiencing Erickson (1985, Taylor & Francis Group). These stories can help therapists take some of Erickson’s innovations and bring them into their clinical practice. → Read more
It was Monday, August 10, 2020. The weather began to worsen. It was nearly 2 p.m. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa when strong winds began to bend trees dramatically and the noise got louder and louder.
It was time to go downstairs to the basement – a safer place – to wait out the storm. → Read more
I remember Dr. Erickson telling me that it was both important to trust the unconscious and at the same time to make sure that the unconscious was regularly fed with new and interesting learnings so it had even more with which to work. This became evident to me while I was showing some students how to use hypnosis to potentiate EMDR’s effectiveness. I had been demonstrating a metaphor of physical healing to stimulate emotional healing when a student interrupted asking how I got my ideas for my metaphors. Since I naturally go into my own trance while I am doing metaphor work, his question inadvertently triggered a deep search within me. Instantly, I was transported to Dr. Erickson’s kitchen where we were discussing one of our favorite topics: What does it mean to be human? → Read more
From the Erickson ArchivesEstimated 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
Estelle is a friend who at age 75 was diagnosed with breast cancer. She knew that I had done volunteer work with people who have life threatening diseases. The first session was devoted to going over the kinds of things I do to help people. For instance, teaching them how to relax and meditate, guided imagery for healing, and asking direct questions about living wills and medical treatment. Considering the information Estelle provided, I prepared two 15-minute guided imagery tapes for her.
I used the first session to elicit information about past surgical experiences and any fears Estelle had about the upcoming surgery. I told her about research which indicated that while under anesthesia patients can hear what is said in the operating room. Using the information she gave to me I led her through a hypnotic session centered on preparation for surgery. → Read more