Books on Life
Dylan Morgan, 1990.
Brian May of Queen has very kindly contributed a foreword to this book. You may be surprised how many aspects of life are influenced by thoughts of success and failure!
It is a book that can be browsed easily. It consists of many page-length thoughts on some aspect of this key area of life, which can be read in any order. Some of the thoughts are mine. Some of them take the form of quotations from wiser heads.
Dylan Morgan, 1990.
For the general reader, a way of getting to understand life and how to live it. As you might expect, it uses the metaphor of paths extensively to make sense of many aspects of lifes journey.
Dylan Morgan, 2007.
Most of us are familiar with the idea of vicious circles. In this short book I would like to introduce you to three related circles. I find that they are of ENORMOUS importance and interest in understanding our lives and how to change them.
You will probably have heard of the virtuous circle. But I feel that perhaps it owes its lack of sexiness to its name! I am re-naming it a VITAL circle. I guess that more people want to be vital than virtuous. The vicious and vital circles are similar but opposite. They both drive change. But what is important to us as individuals is if the changes are good or bad for US.
There is a similar balance between the other two circles. They both tend to preserve the status quo. If you like things the way they are then you will think of the circle that preserves it as Comforting. But if you dislike the status quo then you will regard it as Constraining.
This short book is a readable introduction to these circles. I hope that you will find them easy to read, and that they will start you noticing these circles in your life and the lives of your friends.
A collection of articles on a variety of subjects such as Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Smoking, Love, Memory, James Braid, Anton Mesmer, Panic Attacks, Sexual Problems, Circumcision, Humour, etc. It is a mixed bag. Many have been previously published in Journals.
My other books are works of non-fiction and reason. But hypnotherapy often involves dealing with parts of the mind that are nourished by stories and metaphors. I have included this children's book to show that my mind can also work in these modes. You may or may not like this particular story, which has something of the flavour of the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, though not the quality. But it may at least balance any suggestion that I am too rational for comfort!
Books on Hypnotherapy
Dylan Morgan, 1998.
This book is unique. It gives a step by step practical explanation of what is going on in hypnosis. Other books give instructions, but no understanding. Try it and see. If you have thought that hypnosis is a lot of rubbish: read this and see. If you want to learn how to do hypnosis: start here. You should find it fresh and readable
This book has been freely available on this site since 1998 and has been much appreciated by readers all over the world. It has also been copied and sold on eBay. Some have given me credit, some not.
Dylan Morgan, Eildon Press, 1996.
This describes in detail a comprehensive scientific theory of the nature of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. It is based on the notion that the human mind and body consist of many interacting organic subsystems. In hypnosis we act to alter the level of activity of these systems up and down in a selective way. This viewpoint also makes clear that many of the more dramatic effects of hypnosis are a result of establishing feedback loops which amplify any change that is required.
You will find that it is the only book that even touches on the question of diagnosis in hypnotherapy! It is also the only one that has a mathematical model! Quite a technical read but one of the very few books which teach understanding rather than techniques. Also available in paperback. £14.95.
James Braid, John Churchill, London 1843.
This is THE classic book in the history of hypnosis. Not only did Braid give us the word "hypnosis" but he was the first to produce a scientific rationale of the subject. It is one that can still be seen to be right in the essentials. He saw that it is all about the increase or decrease in the activity of the nervous system.
William Lovatt, Rider & Co, 1933.
A sound introduction from the 30s. It gives a good overview of the basics of the subject in a fairly practical and common-sense way, with no theory. An easy read, this is not a bad book to start with. It also has rather more on the use of hypnosis to help sportmen than is usual.
Dr. Alexander Cannon, Rider & Co. Unknown date, perhaps 1920s or 1930s.
This short book is included partly because it is out of print. It is not to my mind a very good book, but is a fair example of what was being done with hypnosis between the wars in England. Dr. Cannon seems to have been a respected doctor with many degrees who used hypnosis for medical purposes in Harley Street, London. But his theory seems very unscientific today, and he mixes in a lot of what sounds like mumbo-jumbo. It does, however, give an idea of many induction methods used at the time.
This is a reprinting of a short booklet which is typical of many produced in the middle of the 20th century. Lawrence, like many in those days, would have started by working on the stage and then moved on to use hypnosis in therapy. Such men were typically dogmatic and superfical. However such booklets CAN be used to get you started in hypnosis.
A collection of biographies of a few people who have been active in the the field of hypnosis. Mine is included if you are interested.