Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson

Milton Erickson is internationally acclaimed as the leading practitioner of medical hypnosis. He has written more than a hundred professional articles on hypnosis and has taught and practiced hypnosis since the 1920’s.

He, more than any other human being in this field, has been able both to explore and to demonstrate the vast potentials that hypnosis has to offer humanity. His ability baffles the scientific mind, and his accomplishments, typically, are either viewed as miracles or denounced as impossibilities, although first-hand experience presents him as an undeniable reality, a striking contrast to what most people believe is possible for the mind to accomplish.

Furthermore, few of his students have learned to exercise the skills in hypnosis that Milton Erickson uses so easily. The behavior Milton Erickson demonstrates while both inducing and utilizing hypnotic states of consciousness is extremely complex. Yet he is very systematic; that is, his behavior has distinctive patterns.

We strongly recommend that you read this volume carefully and that you spend some time experimenting with each pattern. This book is designed primarily as a training manual, not as a novel. Careful use and re-use will reap the best rewards for you.



  • Identification of Patterns of Erickson’s Hypnotic Work
  • Introduction: The Map Is Not the Territory
  • Preview of Patterns
  • The Interspersal Hypnotic Technique for Symptom Correction and Pain Control
  • Basic Trance Induction, with Commentary
  • A Special Inquiry with Aldous Huxley into the Nature and Character of Various
  • States of Consciousness, with Commentary


  • Familiarization with Patterns of Erickson’s Hypnotic Work
  • Pacing, Distraction and Utilization of the Dominant Hemisphere
  • Accessing the Non-Dominant Hemisphere
  • Conclusion to Part II


  • Construction of the Patterns of Erickson’s Hypnotic Work
  • Introduction
  • Construction and Use of Linguistic Causal Modeling
  • Processes
  • Transderivational Phenomena
  • Ambiguity
  • Lesser Included Structures
  • Derived Meanings
  • Summary of Part III
  • APPENDIX : Syntactic Environments for Identifying Natural Language  Presuppositions in English

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Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. by Richard Bandler and John Grinder  – Vol.I (PDF)