Hale’s Favorite Books, Tapes, Videos and Such

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Listed here are books, tapes, courses and other resources that I have personally studied and used. Some are free and some can be purchased. Yes, I receive a commission on some purchases. It helps keep me and my blog going, but it does not effect the price to you.

The Education Arcade ( http://www.educationarcade.org )
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. Godel, Esher, Bach, An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter.
When asked what book has influenced me most, what comes to mind immediately is Douglas Hofstadter’s book about the workings of the mind, Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal, Golden Braid. This, Hofstadter’s first book, written over 20 ago,  won the Pulitzer Prize for a non-fiction book. It is a book to be read more than once and not in a hurry. It will forever change how you think about thinking. You can read other reviews and sample of its content by following this link: Godel, Esher, Bach, An Eternal Golden Braid. If you like it, you can buy it at Amazon.com

The New Mindset of Success by Carol Dweck Dr. Dweck writes in her introduction: “In this book, you’ll learn how a simple belief about yourself — belief we discovered in our research — guides a large part of your life. In fact, it permeates every part of your life. Much of what you think of as your personality actually grows out of your “mindset.”
Much of what may be preventing you from fulfilling your potential grows out of it.”

Advanced Theory and Practice of Hypnosis

Author : Kate Bowditch
This little blue book goes beyond inductions and habit control. Way beyond. It is magic juice for psychotherapists for whom “client-centered” is more than a buzzword. She illustrates, in short case examples, that what a client believes far outweighs verified, historical truth. Ms. Bowditch may remind you of Milton Erickson. She does not so much analyze her client’s beliefs as use the trance state to flesh them out, to include solutions, much as Erickson would “create a new history” in the client’s mind. This need not necessarily be a more accurate history, but one conducive to a better future.

I enjoyed her work with pain management as much as the more psycho-dynamic stuff. She gives appropriate weight to managing the fear of pain and medical/dental procedures. I hope she will write a whole book on this topic.

I’m a pretty down to earth guy and am satisfied with a very small dose of the metaphysical, New Age philosophies. Kate knows no fear when walking in the shadow of the mysteries. In this book,  you will find her very comfortable with clients who hold these beliefs dear. She writes about walking in that valley rather than climbing mountains to avoid it. I found this useful, and I fear no evil there as a result.

You will find thought provoking work with “false memories”, past life experiences, death and dying as experienced by Christians, Muslims, Jews, Pagans and atheists. I hope Dr. Dweck will add this therapist’s repertoire by writing more on this topic. Perhaps she will read this review and do so.

This work is a “keeper”. I will keep coming back to it.

Review by Stephen Hale

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20-20 Insight Advanced Theory and Practice of Hypnosis

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6 comments on “Hale’s Favorite Books, Tapes, Videos and Such

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