I want to correct your notion on one point. You wrote: "I can think of very few trance scripts of Erickson's where at some point he doesn't have the client ratify the trance work done, and when appropriate, have the change in the thinking or behavior consciously recognized by the client." You might be interested in knowing that his therapy work differs from the few transcripts of videotaped demonstrations. In the hundred of cases he discussed over the years their are almost none that contain segments where he would "have the change in the thinking or behavior consciously recognized by the client." He was proud to leave this event for the client to discover after he or she changed. He felt that change should precede insight. For instance, the "dumb moron" interpreted his success after the dance and did not attribute it to therapy; the student nurse who left Boston gave Erickson no credit for changing her life on the beach in Pensacola; the woman who was "hideously fat" did not consider hypnosis the reason she began dating; the couple who did a 180 degree turn about adopting a baby out thought that they changed their mind "after" the session; the man with the circus painting on Erickson's wall, stated in trance, he had no interest in knowing the meaning and was given none; the woman who had remission from catatonic experiences didn't learn for years later that she was mailing them to Erickson in envelopes; the man who could return to active military service never thought his shift in perception was due to suggestion; of course, some people had amnesia for the entire presenting problem in the end, too; etc., and these are just of few of the published cases...there were many many more that are not in publications and which are even more subtle. So, you should adjust your idea on that point: Erickson was proud to let the client take credit for changing and/or give it to individuals or events other than him. And that happened often. You other ideas for the writer, are well taken.
You other ideas for the writer, are well taken.
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