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    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)