About Milton Erickson  ( 1901 -1983)

Milton Erickson MD lived most of his life in Phoenix Arizona.  Originating from farming stock he was an energetic and observant boy who was struck down in his teens and paralysed by Polio.

He was often left for many hours whilst his family busied themselves on the farm and had ample opportunity to observe himself and others & reflect on what he noticed.

Gradually he noticed tiny spontaneous movements in his own apparently inert body. He discovered how to amplify these responses by reconnecting them in his imagination with specific related activities of his active younger days.

He learned to amplify and harness this limited local movement to achieve mobility

in a body that had previously resisted all his considerable  will-power.

He succeeded in rehabilitating himself completely in the space of a few months; he repeated this when the condition recurred in his fifties. This experience provided invaluable insights into the ways we can learn to invoke unconscious process to regenerate ourselves physically, psychologically and emotionally.

These discoveries became invaluable in his medical and psychiatric practice; further developments allowed him to achieve results using methods that amazed and mystified  colleagues. He published hundreds of books and papers, inspiring a world-wide movement which has developed brief, thorough, effective therapeutic treatment strategies for many distressing medical, psychological and personal adjustment problems.

Erickson’s singular achievement was to transform little understood but powerful hypnotic processes from a vulgar means of public entertainment into a range

of effective and ethical therapeutic procedures.

It will probably take decades - and profound adjustment of our notions of explanatory models - before neuro-science is able to identify anything other than trivial examples of  unconscious process.  In the meantime -  very conscious of  his intellectual  legacy - experienced post-Ericksonian therapists continue to offer original ways for clients to achieve profound and lasting benefits.

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