What Is Ericksonian Hypnosis?

Ericksonian hypnosis is named after the hypnotist Milton H. Erickson. When he was alive he had a very distinctive technique for conducting hypnosis. You may also come across this technique with the name of permissive hypnosis. Instead of the traditional direct suggestions, Erickson would permit the client to experience the meaning that the clients subconscious mind would give the words that erickson used. He would utilize everything he could to help the client overcome his problem.

Because of Ericksons great succes with a wide number of problems, a lot of people began to study his techniques. Gregory Bateson at one time suggested that Richard Bandler and John Grinder modelled Ericksons techniques. This resulted in two books named “Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson Volume 1” and “Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson Volume 2”. These two volumes are classical books in the field of NLP. The succes of Milton H. Erickson is probably the reason why NLP and hypnosis is closely linked in some areas, both building on the concept of the subconscious mind.

There have been written a lot of literature about Milton H. Erickson and Ericksonian hypnosis. Erickson himself has also published many books about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. If you are a hypnotist who knows nothing about Erickson I would encourage you to start learning about him.