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Insight on Demand

Monday, July 30th, 2018
card sort demoAlthough I do not consider insight to be the most important component in therapy, it can be very helpful when it occurs. I conduct therapy from a problem-solving perspective, which is based on the assumption that people will live happier more fulfilled lives when ...

Utilization: Concept #1

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
During a recent meeting of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Phoenix, Marilia Baker turned to me and said, “Don’t you think that just as ‘suggestion’ is the golden rule of hypnosis, ‘utilization’ is the golden rule of Ericksonian hypnosis?” She then proposed that in Ericksonian hypnosis these two concepts are conjoined. Indeed, utilization itself ...

Altering Mindsets in Addition to Altering States of Consciousness

Monday, September 14th, 2015
[caption id="attachment_460" align="alignright" width="209"]silo-windows Tunnels & Windows[/caption] Those who use hypnosis for clinical problem solving are often trained in the observation and management of states of consciousness. While changes in consciousness can help produce new opportunities for learning and performance on therapeutic tasks, it is a change in mindset that governs ...

Use-Oriented Thinking

Friday, August 9th, 2013
tunnelThere is a type of thinking that is so deeply ingrained within Western culture that it seems the only way to think. In science-based education we are taught to advance toward defined outcomes by means of goal-oriented thinking.  This type of thinking is a skill that enables us to improve our circumstances by setting goals, measuring progress and evaluating outcomes.