An Ericksonian approach to clinical hypnosis

Stephen Lankton

in The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780198570097
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 An Ericksonian approach to clinical hypnosis

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Milton H. Erickson, M.D. (1901–1980) is largely considered an architect of innovations in clinical hypnosis and in psychotherapy; some have labeled his contributions as being parallel in scope to those of Freud. However, where Freud was a major contributor to the theory of personality structure, Erickson's contributions involved methods and techniques of intervention and change. As this article describes, a great deal of confusion surrounds the work of Milton Erickson, and a great deal of diversity marks the true legacy of his career. It is difficult to characterize his approach to therapy, and his work is too novel and varied to outline the approach. This article outlines the standards for the principle to which a therapist should adhere and the defining basic footprint of an Ericksonian approach. In an attempt to clear the confusion, the article names and dispels the false assumptions that surround the legacy of Erickson.

Keywords: Milton H. Erickson; techniques of intervention; family therapy; hypnotic trance; Ericksonian approach

Article.  13600 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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