Milton H. Erickson M.D.
MILTON H. ERICKSON M.D.
(1901 -1980) has done more than any
other individual this century to change the way in which Hypnotherapy
As a young boy Dr. Erickson's perceptions differed from others'
due to his constitutional challenges: for one, Dr. Erickson
was color blind, and could only see the color purple,
to which he enjoyed immensely, and often wore nothing but purple suits
and ties. Dr. Erickson was tone deaf, and could not recognize,
nor execute the rhythms of music and song. He was also dyslexic, and
only learned of his challenge many years later.
These are but a few of the many differences within the man called the
Father of modern day hypnosis, which stimulated wonderment
and curiosity which eventually led to Dr. Erickson's lifetime
internship in the research of the relativity of human perception, hypnosis.
As if it wasn't enough to go through life with the above listed challenges,
Dr. Milton Erickson
suffered further from not one, but two bouts of polio, the first of
which was so severe, the family doctor predicted imminent death. Dr.
Milton Erickson overheard the prediction spoken to his mother,
and his annoyance with the doctor seemed to have helped him survive
the episode, though he remained physically weakened for much of his
life, and had to spend long periods of time in a wheelchair. The determination
which was thus revealed in childhood drove Dr. Milton Erickson
to gain degrees in medicine and psychology; he then became a psychiatrist,
working first in a number of institutions and later as a professor of
psychiatry. Dr. Milton Erickson was a fellow of many international
professional bodies and was the founding president of the American
Society for Clinical Hypnosis.
In 1948 he settled in a modest
house in Phoenix, Arizona, where he practiced. privately. In later years,
as Dr. Erickson's fame spread, more and more of his time was
taken up with lectures and seminars on his approaches to, Hypnosis,
Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.
Dr. Milton Erickson M.D. had a strong, flexible and clever
mind, grounded in a deep and unshakable common sense. His personality
was that of a true warrior, comfortable and at peace with his beliefs
and ideas.: There was none of the obsessional, or neurotic qualities
that many of the founders of schools of psychotherapy seem to have displayed.
He was informal. He did not clothe himself with an aura of authority,
or mystery as some Hypnotists had tended to; nor did he use
fixed hypnotic induction
techniques. Sessions often consisted of little stories, otherwise
jokes, and down-to-earth advice blended into a life-changing whole.
Dr. Milton Erickson was flexible, and never used the same detailed
hypnotic approach twice. He would always adapt his approach
to the particular client according to his, or her personality, experience,
age, capacities, social and physical environment, and used whatever
means lay to hand to facilitate change.
He was holistic. Dr. Milton Erickson
M.D. did not focus attention purely on what was going on in the client's
mind, but was very much aware of whatever existed in the client's life
outside the consulting-room, and made active use of it as part of the
process of change.
He was non-dogmatic. Consistent with his general flexibility, Dr.
Erickson never seems to have propounded any dogmatic basis for
his approaches. He taught by example, via analogies, metaphors, and
condensed accounts of various cases, and he never propounded any overall
Dr. Milton Erickson M.D. was
rather unique for his time, in that he truly believed everyone to be
an individual with specific needs and learning's of their very own.
He further believed that everyone had all the life learning's needed
to achieve their specific desires, and that these life learning's only
had to be arranged in such a manner that the individual could make use
One of the primary focuses which made Dr.
Milton Erickson’s hypnosis
work so profoundly effective was the fact that he truly understood that,
no one outside of the client him/herself could decide upon what the
best measures would be to achieve the desired results. Dr.
Milton Erickson understood that no
one could ever walk in another’s shoes so to speak, because personal
life histories and understandings can be so different from one person
to the next. He further realized that everyone’s home, and professional
lives are so different, that the only person who could possibly understand
someone’s situation is the person himself. For to do so, a person
would have to have lived the same life, attained the same belief and
value structure. Once all this has been matched, the same kind of internal
talk and pictures that come up regarding whatever the matter would also
have to be in place. Then, if someone was able to meet such specifications,
that person would also have to match up with personal family types situations,
along with living and work related issues.
Having these, and many more understandings, are the unique qualities
Dr. Erickson had
in regards to individuals, and are what allowed him to provide his unique
form of individualized hypnotic inductions and therapies. I
once read in some text that you could fix a person beyond any doubt
with fifteen to twenty years of therapy, but put that person back in
the middle of his or her family for five minutes, and it’s all
wiped out. Our own personal life imprints
learned at a very young age create our internal core selves. If our
therapies aren’t exactly suited, how can we expect then to work.
understood this, and although much of his work directed clients towards
getting married, and having lots of children, his directions were primarily
that people did it their way, with their own life learning's, and so
here too, at Hypnotic Advancements,
what is offered is an approach based upon the man's life work, to help
you attain your life's desires,... "Your
H. Erickson Foundation
Dr. Frank Valente
3126 McCarthy Court
Mississauga , ON
© 2004, Dr. Frank Valente DCH
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