Mind-Body Communication in Hypnosis

The Seminars, Workshops, and Lectures of Milton H. Erickson, Part 3
Volume 15: Collected Works of Milton H. Erickson, MD

Ernest L. Rossi, PhD, Roxanna Erickson-Klein, PhD and Kathryn Rossi, PhD, Editors

This book is available through The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Press.

This volume on mind-body communication in hypnosis contains much of the source material wherein Milton H. Erickson first expressed his original views on psychosomatic medicine and healing. It will be of vital interest to students, therapists, and practitioners of therapeutic hypnosis who want to integrate Erickson’s approaches with the current breakthroughs that are taking place in psychoneuroimmunology and the new mind-body methods of holistic healing.

This volume traces the origin of what is today called “mind-body” therapy back to Erickson’s original demonstrations of the so-called ‘hypnotic control of physiological functions’ in the 1950s. These are updated in this volume with the current neuroscience of brain research. This volume reviews Milton H. Erickson’s living legacy in providing the deep psychobiological foundation of therapeutic hypnosis today. It is a little appreciated fact that Erickson’s hypnotherapeutic sessions, wherein he created the incredibly rich exploratory and innovative techniques discussed in parts one and two of this volume, usually required about 90 to 120 minutes. When Ernest Rossi asked him why his sessions were twice as long as those of most other psychotherapists, he simply but very firmly said “well, that’s how long it really takes to get something done!”