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Recommended Reading

The Association has taken the liberty of creating a Recommended Reading list on the books that have proven to be ‘the gold standard’ in the profession.

This selection was based on the collective experiences of seasoned hypnosis practitioners and educators. You’ll find more than 100 excellent choices that range from technique and theory to history.

Books are a rich source of information. Reading books on varied subjects imparts knowledge and increases your depth of understanding.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
~ Joseph Addison

The Recommended Reading list introduces you to new concepts and invites you to formulate new thoughts and ideas. It helps you distinguish patterns, solve problems and assimilate new information. It also broadens your perspective and challenges you to examine your beliefs.

While the Recommended Reading list is just a small sampling of the many wonderful books written on the subject of hypnotism, it’s a great starting point. We trust you’ll find the selections a worthy addition to your reading library.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
~ Nelson Mandela

Recommended Reading

  1. 101 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Using Hypnosis
    Dabney Ewin (2009, Crown House Pub.)
  2. A Clinical History of Hypnotism
    by Saul Marc Rosenfeld (2008, Xlibris Pub.)
  3. A Passion for the Possible. A Guide to Realizing Your True Potential
    by Jean Houston (1997, Harper)
  4. Hypnosis: Advanced Techniques of Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis
    by Terence Watts (2005, Network 3000 Pub.)
  5. As a Man Thinketh
    by James Allen (1902, republished in 2011 by
  6. Brief Cognitive Hypnosis: Facilitating the Change of Dysfunctional Behavior.
    by Jordan Zarren & Bruce Eimer (2001, Springer Pub.)
  7. Clinical Hypnotherapy
    by David Cheek & Leslie LeCron (1968, Grune & Stratton)
  8. Creative Choice in Hypnosis
    by M. Erickson (1991, Irvington Pub.)
  9. Creative Visualization
    by Shakti Gawain (2016, New World Library, 40th Anniv. Ed.)
  10. Discovering The Power of Self-Hypnosis
    by Stanley Fisher (2nd Ed., 2000, Newmarket Press)
  11. Ego State Therapy
    by Gordon Emmerson (2003, Crown House Pub.)
  12. Essentials of Hypnosis
    by Michael Yapko (1995, Brunner / Mazel)
  13. Experience of Hypnosis: A Shorter Version of Hypnotic Susceptibility
    by Ernest Hilgard, Ph.D. (1968, Harbinger Books)
  14. Experiencing Erickson
    by Jeffrey Zeig (1985, Brunner/Mazel)
  15. Experiencing Hypnosis
    by Milton Erickson (1981, Irvington Pub.)
  16. Frogs Into Princes
    by Bandler and Grinder (1979, Real People Press)
  17. Generative Trance
    by Stephen Gilligan (2019, reprinted., Crown House Pub.)
  18. Gil Boyne’s Professional Hypnotism Training Course (Manual)
    by Gil Boyne (Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles, 1991)
  19. Habits For Success: How Habits Form and How to Change Them!
    by William D. Horton (2019, Amazon Digital Services)
  20. Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors
    by D. Corydon Hammond, Editor (1990, Norton & Company)
  21. Healing in Hypnosis
    by Milton Erickson (1983, Irvington Pub.)
  22. Heart of the Mind
    by Connirae and Steve Andreas (2018, Real People Press)
  23. How to Build a Six Figure Hypnotherapy Practice
    by Kweethai Neill & Stephen Stork (2015, iChange Press)
  24. How To Stop Worrying and Start Living
    by Dale Carnegie (1948; revised ed. 2004, Gallery Books)
  25. HypnoBirthing®: The Mongan Method
    by Marie F. Mongan (2015, Health Communications)
  26. HypnoDontics: A Manual for Dentists and Hypnotists
    by Beryl Comar (2015, The Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute)
  27. Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide
    by Tad James (2000, Crown House Pub.)
  28. Hypnosis Counseling Skills
    by Zolita Grant (2001, self-published)
  29. Hypnosis For Change
    by Josie Hadley and Carole Staudacher (3rd ed., 1996, New Harbinger Publications)
  30. Hypnosis for Children and Adolescents
    by Zolita Grant (2000, self-published)
  31. Hypnosis for Inner Conflict Resolution: Introducing Parts Therapy
    by Roy Hunter (2005, Crown House Pub.
  32. Hypnosis in the Relief of Pain
    by Ernest Hilgard & Josephine Hilgard (1994, Brunner/Mazel)
  33. Hypnosis House Calls
    by Steven Gurgevich, Ph.D. (2011, Sterling Ethos)
  34. Hypnosis: The Application of Ideomotor Techniques
    by David Cheek (1993, Allyn & Bacon)
  35. Hypnotherapy
    by Dave Elman (1984, Westwood Pub.)
  36. Hypnotherapy, An Alternative Path to Health and Happiness
    by Kweethai Neill (2008, iChange Press)
  37. Hypnotherapy: An Exploratory Casebook
    by Milton Erickson and Ernest Rossi (1979, Irvington Pub.)
  38. Hypnotherapy: Methods, Techniques, and Philosophies
    by Freddie Jacquin (2018, self-published)
  39. Hypnotherapy for Body Mind and Spirit
    by Paul Durbin (2005, Alliance Pub.)
  40. Hypnotherapy For Children
    by Niccolous Thompson (2004, America Star Books)
  41. Hypnotherapy For Teens
    by Niccolous Thompson (2006, PublishAmerica)
  42. Hypnotherapy Scripts (1&2 editions)
    by Ronald Havens and Catherine Walters (2002, Routledge)
  43. Hypnotic Realities
    by Erickson and Rossi (1976, Irvington Pub.)
  44. Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now!
    by Bruce Eimer (2007, New Harbringer Publications)
  45. Ideomotor Signals for Rapid Hypnoanalysis: A How-To Manual
    by Dabney Ewin & Bruce Eimer (2006, Charles C. Thomas)
  46. Integrative Hypnosis
    by Melissa Tiers (2010, CreateSpace)
  47. Kartland’s Medical and Dental Hypnosis – Fourth Edition
    by Heap and Aravind (4th Ed., 2001, Churchill Livinstone)
  48. Keeping the Brain in Mind
    by Melissa Tiers and Shawn Carson (2014, Changing Mind)
  49. Kitchen Table Wisdom
    by Rachel Naomi Ramen (10th Anniv. ed., 2006, Riverhead Books)
  50. Mastering the Power of Self-Hypnosis
    by Roy Hunter (2nd ed., 2010, Crown House Pub.)
  51. Mental Rehearsal For Warriors
    by Loren Christensen (2014, CreateSpace)
  52. Mind/Body Prescription
    by Dr. John Sarno, MD (1999, Warner Books)
  53. Mind–Body Therapy: Methods of Ideodynamic Healing in Hypnosis
    by Ernest Rossi & David Cheek (1994, Norton & Company)
  54. Mind Control Secrets: How To Get others To Do What You Want
    by William D. Horton (2013, self-published)
  55. Mind Probe Hypnosis
    by Irene Hickman (2015, Sterling Pub.)
  56. Miracles on Demand
    by Charles Tebbetts (2nd ed., 1987, Westwood Pub.)
  57. Modern Hypnosis: Theory & Practice
    by Masud Ansari (1982, Mas-Pr)
  58. Monsters and Magical Sticks; There’s No Such Thing as Hypnosis?
    by Stephen Heller (2017, Original Falcon Press)
  59. My Voice Will Go With You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson
    by Sidney Rosen (1991, Norton & Company)
  60. NLP: The New Technology of Achievement
    by Steve Andreas and Charles Faulkner (2011, William Morrow Paperbacks)
  61. Phoenix; Therapeutic Patterns of Milton Erickson
    by David Gordon (2018, Independently published)
  62. Psycho Cybernetics
    by Maxwell Maltz (Expanded ed., 2015, TarcherPerigee)
  63. Quantum Focus
    by Michael Ellner and Richard Jamison (1997, Instant Improvement)
  64. Quantum Healing
    by Deerpak Chopra (Updated ed., 2015, Bantam)
  65. Quit: The Hypnotist’s Handbook to Running Effective Stop Smoking Sessions
    by Carson, Carson, and Marion (2013, Changing Mind)
  66. Radical Healing: Integrating the World’s Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine
    by Rudolph Ballentine (1999, Crown Pub.)
  67. Rituals of Healing. Using Imagery for Health and Wellness
    by Jeanne Achterberg, Barbara Dossey & Leslie Kolkmeier (1994, Bantam Books)
  68. Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion
    by Emile Coue (2015, CreateSpace)
  69. Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Rules Your Behavior
    by Leonard Mlodinow (Reprint ed., 2013, Vintage)
  70. Superlearning
    by Sheila Ostrander (1982, Laurel)
  71. Taproots
    by Willliam H. O’Hanlon (1987, Norton & Company)
  72. The Alcohol & Addiction Solution
    by William D. Horton (2013, Amazon Digital Services LLC)
  73. The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious
    by C.G. Jung (2nd ed., 1981, Princeton University Press)
  74. The Art of Hypnosis: Mastering Basic Techniques
    by Roy Hunter (3rd Ed., 2010, Crown House Pub.)
  75. The Art of Hypnotherapy: Mastering Client Centered Techniques
    by Roy Hunter (4th Ed., 2010, Crown House Pub.)
  76. The Art of Hypnotic Regression Therapy: A Clinical Guide
    by Roy Hunter & Bruce Eimer (2012, Crown House Pub.)
  77. The Big Book of NLP (Expanded)
    by Shlomo Vaknin (2010, Inner Patch Pub.)
  78. The Body Electric. Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life
    by Robert Becker & Gary Selden (1985, Quill)
  79. The Couple Who Became Each Other
    by David L. Calof (2011, CreateSpace)
  80. The Illustrated History of Hypnotism
    by John Hughes (2008, National Guild of Hypnotists)
  81. The Induction of Hypnosis: An Ericksonian Elicitation Approach
    by Jeffrey K. Zeig (2014, Milton H. Erickson Foundation Press)
  82. The Mind & the Brain
    by Jeffrey Shwartz (2003, Harper Perennial)
  83. The New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism
    by Ormond McGill (1996, Crown House Pub.)
  84. The Path of Least Resistance
    by Robert Fritz (1989, Ballantine Books)
  85. The Portable Carl Jung, edited
    by Joseph Campbell, 1971 (1976, Penguin Classics)
  86. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
    by Joseph Murphy (2008, Wilder Publications)
  87. The Psychobiology of Mind Body Healing
    by Ernest Rossi (1993, Norton & Company)
  88. The Science of Getting Rich
    by Wallace Wattles (original version, 1910; republished in 2018, Chump Change)
  89. The Wizard Within
    by A.H. Krasner (3rd ed., 2001, ABH Press)
  90. The Worst is Over. What to Say When Every Moment Counts
    by Judith Acosta & Judith Prager (2001, Jodere Group)
  91. Therapeutic Trances
    by Stephen Gilligan (1986, Routledge)
  92. Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction (1908)
    by William Atkinson (2015, Rough Draft Printing)
  93. Through the Looking Glass: American Artists of Professional Hypnosis, 1900-2012
    by Roy Hunter (2013, Alliance Pub.)
  94. Training Trances
    by John Overdurf and Julie Silverhorn (1995, Metamorphous Press)
  95. Trance - From Magic to Technology
    by Dennis R. Wier (2009, self-published)
  96. Trances People Live
    by Stephen Wolinsky (1991, Bramble Books)
  97. Trance-Formations: Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the Structure of Hypnosis
    by John Grinder & Richard Bandler Ed. Connirae Andreas (1981, Real People Press)
  98. Transforming Therapy: A New Approach to Hypnotherapy
    by Gil Boyne (1989, Westwood Pub.)
  99. Trance on Trial
    by Alan Scheflin and Jerrold Shapiro (1989, Guilford Press)
  100. Unlimited Power
    by Tony Robbins (Reprint ed., 1997, Free Press)
  101. Unquiet Dead
    by Edith Fiore (1995, Ballantine Books)
  102. Using Your Brain for a Change
    by Richard Bandler (1985, Real People Press)
  103. You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter
    by Joe Sapienza (2015, Hay House)
  104. Your Body Believes Every Word You Say
    by Barbara Hoberman Levine (2000, WordsWork Press)