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Books on Hypnotism & Hypnotherapy


There are thousands of books on hypnotism and hypnotherapy and hundreds more are published each year. Most of them are just repeating the same old stuff and have nothing new. But a few are the result of original thinking and destined to turn into classics. Here is my shortlist of the most thought provoking and influential books on hypnosis and hypnotherapy.



Stephen Wolinsky. (1991). Trances people live. Falls Village, CT: The Bramble Company. ISBN 0-9626184-2-X.


Hypnotic Inductions

George Gafner and Sonja Benson. (2000). Handbook of hypnotic inductions. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-70324-X.


Metaphor Therapy

G. Lakoff & M. Johnson. (2003). Metaphors we live by. ISBN 0-226-46801-1.

S. Lankton & C. Lankton. (1983). The answer within: a clinical framework of Ericksonian hypnotherapy. ISBN 0-87630-320-3.

J. Lawley & P. Tompkins. (2000). Metaphors in mind: transformation through symbolic modelling. ISBN 0-95387-510-5.

David Grove & B. Panzer. (1991). Resolving traumatic memories: metaphors and symbols in psychotherapy.

J. Griffin & I. Tyrrell. (2006). Dreaming Reality. ISBN 1-899398-91-0


Goal Setting

Paul McKenna. (2004). Change your life in seven days. ISBN 0-593-05055-X.

Brian Tracy. (2002). Create Your Own Future: How to Master the 12 Critical Factors of Unlimited Success. ISBN 0471251070.



Assen Alladin (2007). Handbook of Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Depression. ISBN 978-0-7817-6604-3.

Martin Seligman (1991). Learned Optimism. ISBN 0-394-579125-1.

Yapko, Michael D. (2001). Treating depression with hypnosis. 1-58391-304-1.


Classic Hypnotism

Dave Elman (1984) Hypnotherapy. 0-930298-04-7


Past Lives

Michael Newton (2000) Destiny of Souls. ISBN 105670184990-5

Brian Weiss (1988) Many Lives, Many Masters. ISBN 0-671-65786-0

Brian Weiss (2005) Same Soul, Many Bodies. ISBN0-7432-6434-7


Hypnosis Scripts

David Mason. (2011). The Key-Hypnosis Scripts Collection.

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