Building New Realities

There are two basic ways to go about imagining the world, your life, or yourself as you would prefer them to be. The first is to set up a detailed description or script and use it to guide your imagination. The second approach is to start with a basic idea, sense, or feeling about what you want to imagine and then let your imagination play with it. You can do this by invoking a symbol or metaphor and letting your creative imagination fill in the rest of the picture or story. The beauty of...

Noncoercive Persuasion

Immediately prior to becoming involved in hypnosis research and practice around 1976.1 had been doing graduate research on cults and new religious movements. 1 was struck by a perception that these groups were out there, on the open market, hawking proprietary technologies for personal transformation. Come to my Guru, he's got the way. No. no, join us. we've got a better way. Toward the end of my graduate studies. I stumbled upon the hypnosis literature. In hopes of gainful employment (at a...

Framing Strategies

Another way in which you can expedite the process of change and self-empowerment, generally, is to pay attention to how you frame your evaluation, goals, and game plan in other words, the way you communicate to yourself or others your definition of the situation, particularly regarding what it means for you and how it fits into the whole the spin you put on it. Framing is a strategic move in its own right. In this regard, the late Nathan Hurvitz, a well-known radical psychotherapist and family...

Assertions And Assumptions

One of the reasons people go to hypnotists or other therapists for help is that they have been unable to eliminate unwanted behaviors and still act in a way they feel is right for themselves and consonant with their goals. Suzanne Powers, a clinical sociologist at the Cleveland Clinic, has dealt with many such problems. She feels very strongly that there is a better way to help people than trying to find out what's wrong with them and then seeking to treat or cure the underlying pathology...

Symbolic Interaction

According to Blumer. we are able to cooperate socially he-cause we have or are selves and because we have the capacity to engage in symbolic mental processes. Now, perhaps, you can see why these topics were covered in Chapter One and Chapter Two. Other social and behavioral scientists using the concept of interaction have tended to focus on the behaviors themselves. For them, social interaction comes down to what individual acting units do in the presence of one another. For Blumer and the...

Exercise 1F Your roups

In your journal, make a heading called My Groups and list all the social groups to which you presently belong or have belonged to in the past. Include, for example, your country, community, the family into which you were bom, your own family or household, groups of friends, schools, companies, work groups or workplace, religious organizations, professional organizations, political organizations, clubs, teams, volunteer associations, and so forth. 2. Go through the the list and circle the...