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The Thin Book with CD: Hypnotherapy Trance Scripts for Weight Management [With Cassette] [Paperback]

Hal Brickman , Daniel L. Araoz
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Jan. 31 2000
"Recognizing the metaphorical nature of the problem, Hal Brickman's approach to weight management includes a variety of scripts that address the unconscious meaning of unregulated eating. The scripts are designed not as magic cures but as catalysts for serious psychodynamic work. This is a significant contribution to the literature."

From the Foreword by Daniel L. Araoz

This collection of discrete hypnotherapy scripts is designed to aid clinicians in helping their clients deal with the complex, often lifelong issue of weight management. The scripts can also be used by individuals as a means to move away from common emotional triggers brought on by stress and feelings of low self-worth. Armed with a truly creative and powerful approach to negotiating the reality and fantasy of food, clinicians finally have an edge as they face with their clients the challenge of developing a sense of empowerment out of a depleted sense of self-esteem.

The metaphors offered here are drawn from the author's 20 years of experience in working with weight management. Brickman has discovered the essential truth of gathering critical insights from his clients in order to create an intervention stance that is flexible, resilient, and receptive. The metaphors have been tried and tested and refined, and then given wings. Clinicians will find that they resonate across a variety of personality styles and circumstances.

Whether used verbatim or to inspire the unique voice and attributes of the reader, the trance scripts featured in The Thin Book are a resource of unusual depth and clarity.

Selected Contents:
Saying “No” to Important Others; Food for Self-Definition; Lacking Resolve: When Eating Away from Home; Being Overweight to Punish Oneself; Compulsive Eating as a Defense Against Feelings; Using Food as a False Symbol of Family Unification; Being Overweight as an Expression of Passivity/ Hostility



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Hal Brickman, M.S.W., is based in New York City and has maintained a thriving private practice since 1977. He founded Alpha Psychotherapy Center in 1977, and in 1992, he established Alpha Calm Therapy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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There are a lot of things to love about The Thin Book.
The first is that it is, literally, a thin book. It is 108 pages of double spaced type. Personally, I believe most books, and most certainly those in the mental health field, are much too long. The Thin Book sets a great example of what is possible.
Another reason to love The Thin Book is the simplicity of its organization. It is a terrific book, and that, it seems, was Brickman's intention. He has given us fourteen chapters, each of which is a well-developed trance script addressing the subconscious meaning of a specific weight loss challenge. Some of these scripts, such as "Compulsive Eating as a Defense Against Anxiety," "Craving Fruit and Vegetables," or "Late Evening Eating," I might expect to see in a book for weight management.
To my delight, Brickman goes beyond the expected by offering scripts on, "Being Overweight as an Expression of Passivity and Hostility," "Slowing Down the Act of Eating," "Exercising," "Feeling Deprived After a Successful Effort," and "Lacking Resolve when Eating Away From Home."
The book is also unique in that the only writing Brickman presents other than the well-constructed and structured scripts is a 3-page preface. Here he describes himself as a "specialist in weight management." He states, "The scripts use positive suggestions or positive hypnosis in the form of metaphors, analogies, empathy and confrontation that contradict the effects of the unconscious mind." This description offers an accurate portrayal of his work, but understates the sensitivity and richness of his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INTRIGUING, WELL-THOUGHT OUT. Feb. 27 2000
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The Thin Book is the first weight control book I EVER READ THAT MADE SENSE TO ME. The approach is spelled out so clearly and concisely that it was almost too good to be true. But my pants are all looser now and that's living proof that following the book's teachings were so helpful. I'm so excited with my progress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interested reader from Tarrytown, New York April 9 2000
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Hal Brickman is to be commended for an easily digestible book, which transforms complex clinical issues around weight management into simple-to-follow steps. The steps identified encourage creative customization to meet specific individual needs, and would be equally beneficial to either the general public or practicing clinicians. This book makes an important contribution to maintaining/renewing one's wellbeing!
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THE THIN BOOK has helped me sweep away my sloppy eating habits and replace them with order. Now I can taste my food. The chapter called, 'wloing down" helped me accompplish that feet. I used to eat on the run and run to eat. Now I eat more cognizant of the tedxture and tast of foods, even take more mites. I can finally tasted the various foods I have and derive a new pleassure and respect for the whole eating process and for my body. This is one very important book.
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I can't sing any more praise for a weight-management anything than THE THIN BOOK. I re-read this book twice, and I never re-read books. This book goes right to your gut. It goes to your brain. And it saves your heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily well-written and original . Feb. 18 2000
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This I would have to say is a must read book for all of you out there who are denying one simple fact: Food isn't the culprit. How much you learn to use self-control and the self-esteem derived from it will govern the direction of your path. I got tired of going backwards all the time. This book has pointed me in the right direction. It points out that we should respect, celebrate food. WE should treat food as we would a good friend who we can count on. Well, I made friends with this book and I respect the author, Hal Brickman for writing a weight-management book that I have not seen the like of before. Instead of being preachy it's down-to-earth and uses words that people can understand. It uses ideas that make sense and are hard to forget, even though there is a little devil in me that sometimes says "go back." Go back and get that instant plesure from eating all I want when I want. But, I'm clearer about the consequences now. The book has taught me to slow down and think, breathe, imagine, plan, hesitate. That's all it takes to my amazement. Buying time. I see that now. By delaying that lunge to the wrong foods, I move closer to who I really am and how I really should look and care for my self. Wow! I'm so grateful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IF I COULD RATE THE THIN BOOK SIX STARS I WOULD. Feb. 18 2000
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This book has taught me how to balance how to eat. It is more about life-management than weight management. I feel THE THIN BOOK has helped me believe in myself-that I could create discipline in eating and for once in my life sustain it. I'm not sure how this book accomplished that because I'm a pretty stubborn man. But twenty three pounds lighter and a new bounce to my step it certainly has done for me what no diet, book or program has ever done. I never thought a book could change my life and my mind-set to such a great degree. I feel so proud. This is the lightest I've been in fifteen years. If I had a pipeline to the powers that be, I'd get this book into every book store possible so that those without computers can find it. It's just that- a find!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a lucky find!
If you're like me overweight, feeling frustrated stuck and fed up-THERE IS HOPE. It's called THE THIN BOOK. It is a true jewel. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2000 by Henrietta Greenway
5.0 out of 5 stars It worked for me!
I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. I really had been on every diet known to mankind...but I always reverted back to my destructive eating habits. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2000 by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
My name is Allie and I have read this book after I ordered it online. I have seen a great result in my eating and restless habbits, it has helped me in so many ways, I can not... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2000 by Allie Brickman
5.0 out of 5 stars THE THIN BOOK WORKS!
Over the years, I have tried all kinds of diets. Nothing ever seemed to work until now. I found that in "The Thin Book", the hypnotic suggestions for weight loss are a... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put the book down because it fascinated me.
This book has my attention. It has made me think and take more responsibility for the way I eat. It also has made me more aware of how in charge I can be in the decision-making... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars weight-management/life management
Just a brilliant book. It is packed with golden nuggets of constructive suggestions to help you uncover that sly sabateur residing in our unconscious. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2000 by allia rose
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