As the author I am flattered that some of my colleagues have rated this "one of the best books on hypnosis ever written for the non-professional." Whether that is true or not, this book is the culmination of decades of research with literally thousands of people who volunteered for experiments, helped with logistics and data collection and analysis, and participated in numerous other ways.
My purpose in writing this book was to bring my previous writings about self-hypnosis into one source. To keep it from becoming to dense or confusing it is a layered text. That is to say, it begins lightly and moves gradually into the heavier subjects.
Here's what that means for you, the prospective reader. If all you want is to know the basics of self-hypnosis and how to apply it to the most obvious things that need changing in your life, you can do that. Or if you want to really dig into the subject (and your own psyche), all the tools are here for that, too. So you can get as lightly or as heavily involved with self-hypnosis and your own inner mental workings as you like.
In our years of research it was very clear that success at anything—losing weight, quitting smoking, memory improvement, controlling things like shyness or fear, in fact anything that depends on a person's own efforts—always requires subconscious agreement with the conscious goal.
That, then, is the primary objective of the methods presented in this book: to bring the subconscious into alignment with conscious goals. Without that agreement, failure is usually the outcome.
But with agreement, success is almost always easy. Certainly easier, anyway. And more complete and satisfying.
Table of Contents (partial)
Steps for Change
The Hypnotic State
Self-Hypnotic Induction Script
Alternative Deepening Techniques
The Myth of Willpower
Primary Functions of the Subconscious
Getting Answers from the Subconscious
Suggestion Formulation and Application
These and all the other techniques presented in this book have been proved in practice by more than 40,000 people of all ages and from all walks of life who attended seminars I conducted all over the United States. They gave me lots of invaluable feedback.