My Voice Will Go with You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Summary & Study Guide

Sidney Rosen
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"My Voice Will Go with You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson, M.D." by Sidney Rosen is a recounting of the practices of renowned hypnotherapist Milton H. Erickson. Erickson was an innovator in his field of hypnotherapy, proving through years of practice and success stories that many patients are able to "cure" themselves through reframing their lives and problems.

Sidney Rosen was a colleague of the late Dr. Erickson and has first hand knowledge of many of the techniques and cases used throughout the book. Rosen has little to add to the work, except for some of his own anecdotes or brief comments regarding a particular case or theory. The work is entirely that of Erickson, a man who has been recognized as a pioneer in his field.

The title of the book, "My Voice Will Go with You," relates to one technique Erickson used in his practice. While a subject was under hypnosis or in some form of trance, Erickson would speak to the patient in such a way that the patient would choose to reframe past experiences. The technique often involved personal beliefs or traumas that were formed in the past and therefore, affected the patient's present and future. Erickson talked to the patient, attempting to remove negative programming in the patient's mind. It was obvious to Erickson that he could not be with the patient every waking moment and that the patient would have to learn to "hear" the suggestions for reframing everywhere the patient went. Erickson began to tell patients that the suggestions would follow no matter where the patient went. Erickson's voice would replace the patient's own as well as the voices of family, friends, colleagues, and anyone else the patient came in contact with on a daily basis. Because Erickson was able to convince the patient that "My Voice Will Go With You," the patient was able to reframe or reprogram negative experiences into positive ones.

Overall, the book can be seen as a practical guide to relationships and to simple techniques created to change a patient's life. The examples throughout the book are informing while being entertaining and thought provoking. Erickson's style is reminiscent of a story teller's rather than a medical professional. An added bonus is that Erickson interjects personal stories from his life, including experiences with the Erickson children that show the doctor practiced what he preached.

Rosen's contribution to the book also allows the reader to see that Erickson's work may have been controversial at one time, considered to be almost shamanic by certain colleagues but eventually, the proof of its relevance and effectiveness gave the doctor credibility. The work lives on in the practices of many and has gained Erickson a great deal of respect in the professional realm.

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