I'm reminded of something Erickson once said about this topic. He said something to the effect of "to consider hypnosis as manipulation is like saying that you manipulated your food by adding salt so that it would be more palatable." I'm sure his words were more eloquent, but you get the idea. Hypnosis is a form of persuasion. Surely it's manipulation. But manipulation has very negative connotations. The important thing is to ensure that you are "manipulating" your patients/clients in ways that will benefit them. You have no choice but to effect them....let's hope that it will be mainly in positive ways.
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