Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-formation: How to Harness the Power of Hypnosis to Ignite Effortless and Lasting Change

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More than thirty years ago, Richard Bandler set out to discover how some therapists effected startling change with their clients, while others argued about theories while their patients waited in vain for help. Now widely regarded as the world's greatest hypnotist and one of the most brilliant minds in the field of personal change, Richard Bandler created patterns that became the bedrock of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), arguably one of the most profoundly effective approaches for self-improvement. In Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-formation, he returns to his roots: hypnotic phenomena, trancework, and altered states to provide a highly compelling and effective prescription for quick and lasting personal change. According to Bandler is at the very foundation of human experience. People are not simply in or out of trance, but are constantly moving from one trance to another. We have our work trances, our relationship trances, and our parenting trances. Some of these states are useful and appropriate; others are not. With his signature wit and contrarian approach to therapy, Bandler shows how anyone can reset and reprogram their problem behaviors to reach desired alternatives with lasting and life-altering results. With intriguing case studies, client dialogues, and more than thirty exercises, Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-formation, is an engaging, read for anyone, whether they are new to NLP, want to further their NLP training, or simply want to make a positive difference in their own lives.

Customer Reviews:

  • Sure "Create The Life You Want was good, but:
    friends, Romans, countrymen, Americans, fellow conscious people lend me your minds... If you want to know about the bare-bones power of an effectively working trance to change your life, come here to this man's version of "Trance-Formations". It lays it all down, the hows', whys' and all of that of hypnosis, self-change and all of the above IN hypnosis and self-hypnosis and suggestion and autosuggestion. And it is much clearer than his earlier work "Persuasion Engineering", I do not own it, but I have read it and decided not to buy it, becuase I knew something like this and his other book, the 'toolbox' "Create The Life You Want" would come out and clarify it ALL in NLP and other related matters of trance, hypnosis and all of that. So, take a mind spin and read on brothers and sisters. For as the old 1980s ABC song goes, "Sisters and Brothers should help each other." And this book is a help when explaining simply some complicated stuff. I thank you for reading my review. And enjoy life.

    Josh Clayton....more info
  • Fairly decent
    Generally this is a good book. It is easy to read and it contains most things you need to know about inducing hypnosis.

    There are certain chapters, such as language patterns, which are written well. If you practise the exercises then you should become a reasonable hypnotist.

    There are irritating points: Bandler continues to tell us about when he wrote books such as "Tranceformations". I have had this book for over ten years and it was (and still is) co written by John Grinder.

    It is hard to take the author seriously when he never ever admits when things do not go right. This style of story telling had produced so many "NLPers" who have lost all grip on reality and convince themselves that a technique is working when it is clearly not.

    Thankfully the editor has done a good job of separating the garbage from the good stuff and this book does contain 4 transcripts (annoyingly called "trance - Scripts" in that NLP way) of sessions where you can analyse the language patterns used.

    There is lots of repetition in the book - if you have read his other stuff or ever gone to a seminar. I can't remember how many times I've heard about the guy who imagines people coming out of the TV show he's watching and bothering him. Richard tells him to watch the Playboy Channel.

    In truth this is a re-hash of "Tranceformations" which is now out of print. (That book had a bit on self-hypnosis which is sadly lacking from this newer book).

    Have a go - it's worth ten bucks at least....more info
  • A "Re"-View of Transce - formation
    While this book is a good read, with great information and explanations on NLP, Richard has not expanded the model or given the reader anything new. I view NLP as a fluid model for change, and to have a rehash of the basic and have no expansions on ideas and technique disappointing to say the least... This book would be a fine read for someone wanting to begin learning about the model. I suggest L. Michael Hall's books..
    His work is both stimulating and ground breaking... He is truly the "direction" of NLP with his model Neuro-semantics....more info
  • A Dessert Island Book
    Yes, a DESSERT island book because this morsel is so tasty through and through. PhotoRead this and then go back and Mind Map it. Wow. I use hypnosis for a living as a speaker and an agent of change. Hypnosis has always been fun. With the addition of this classic we all have the ability to do so much more while our clients are entranced. And due to the generous spirit of Richard we who use this book deeply will have much to share with him when we work with him at his live events. Thank you, Richard.

    I have not been this jazzed by RB's work since I first used Using Your Brain For A Change in 1988.

    Please pick up Magic In Practice and Get The Life You Want while you are here for truly powerful and passionate directions for your family, friends and communities.

    Well written works all packed with fun and hope.


    Stephen ...more info
  • Mixed
    I have read little on hypnosis and was not aware of Bandler or NLP before reading this book. Therefore, I write this review as a contrast to the majority of reviews posted on Amazon which display a greater level of sophistication than I brought to the book; thereby providing a point of view for those coming to the book with a more elementary background.

    Bandler promotes some interesting ideas. One is his continual insistence that psychological change need not be traumatic nor take years to accomplish, as is often espoused and practiced by mental health professionals. Also interesting was his idea that people report their psychological states more literally than we generally imagine (for example, someone should be taken at their word whenever they say they feel "heavy" or "things look dark," etc.) and his treatment of psychological distress under such a premise.

    As a novice in this field, however, his suggestions on what to do while in a trance were not altogether helpful, because his explanations upon how to achieve self-hypnosis in the first place were cursory and incomplete (for the beginner at least).

    Additionally, perhaps 50 pp. of self-promotion and product-placement could have been cut from the book.

    For the true believer in NLP, I'm sure this is a great book.
    For someone familiar with the literature on hypnosis, but not necessarily an advocate of Bandler, I couldn't say.
    For the absolute beginner, I could only say that it will introduce you to some terms and concepts that may be new and helpful.

    So, my review is mixed. Buy it used....more info
  • The Most Overt Bandler In Print
    If you've ever found yourself wishing that Bandler would share a little more material for your conscious mind, it's here. Bandler, for perhaps the first time in print, explains many of the things he kept to himself about how he does certain things, and the thinking behind it. A nice and necessary addition to your NLP library....more info
  • pseudo compassionI
    I can see how too much intellect and not enough Mystery can be most impressive and seductive: results are achieved; the furniture is successfully rearranged. And still, the man is a good interior decorator!...more info
  • Great NLP/Hypnosis book
    This review is based on the book, and I believe you will find it quite helpful. I ordered it the day it came out, using my Amazon prime membership and had it overnighted. It kept me up all night. First I will cover the positive elements of this book: For those who are experienced at NLP or hypnosis, you will find it a refreshing and comprehensive review, with a few updates on processes and approaches from Bandler. For example he describes how he uses the meta-model now in an opposite manor to what he wrote in "The Structure of Magic I". For those who are teachers you will find the self-help exercises given at the end of each chapter familiar from your own NLP training, and useful new light is shed on them, with a few new ideas. The scripts, back matter, glossary and other resource files in the back make this an essential book for quick reference and study.
    For those who are new to hypnosis or NLP, you will find the examples concrete, clear and well written. This is a comprehensive book covering many complex ideas, but with a highlighter and a pen you will be able to learn skills and begin applying them immediately. The lessons are categorized well, and to me it seems like an excellent introductory text, and I will begin recommending it to all my students at an introductory or intermediate level. You will understand hypnosis and NLP if you really take the time to study this book.
    I also think that for those considering this book as a "self-help" book, you will find it helpful. All of the material can easily be internalized and practiced as self-transformation and help you to do what the subtitle actually promises.
    Now the downside (although there really aren't too many). First, the book is a basic NLP book and those who have a lot of experience and don't enjoy the review and reframes of prior knowledge may find it less than challenging, or covers a lot of material that has already been covered. For me though, I enjoyed the review, update and exercises as suggested after 35 years of Bandlers teaching experience has helped these to evolve. Second, Bandler makes more than a few statements that cause me to ask, "Where is the footnote?" And third, the irreverent style of Bandler can be a distraction at times, with a lot of hyperbole and opinion. However, I actually enjoyed this, even when I disagreed. An example of this was his attempt to reframe NLP by stating the following: "NLP may be thought of as the underlying structure of hypnosis".
    I wish I could give it four and a half stars, but I can't so I will go ahead and give it five stars, and am glad I bought the book. ...more info
  • Ok, but there are better books
    In my opinion this is an "ok book" but his other books sucg as "Using your Brain for a Change" are far better reads. ...more info
  • For those who already believe in "NLP"
    I've long had an interest in self-hypnosis. When I came across the description for this book, its author Richard Bandler and "Neuro-Linguistic Programming", I was unfamiliar with all three.

    Now that I've learned a bit about all three, I am unimpressed with them, save that Bandler is a mildly interesting relic of the great pop-psychology boom of the 1970s.

    Bandler was the cocrreator of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in the 1970s. The idea was originally based on the belief that some psychotherapists were more effective than others because of how they used words. Fritz Perls, another 1970s icon, was used as one of the primary models.

    Most of the pop-psychology gurus and movements of the 70s faded because they were inherently worthless. Bandler has beat the bandwagon for NLP with numerous books and other promotional techniques.

    Scientific studies conducted by third-parties have found no validity to the NLP model.

    But NLP hs provided good livings to those "certified" as NLP practicioners and others who have adopted and adapted NLP.

    This book is for those who have already been converted to NLP. As someone who had never heard of NLP before, I found the endless self-referential narrative by Bandler of little interest. The sections on hypnosis are good, but Bandler attempts to gild the lily with NLP trappings.

    Bandler's assertions, most charitably described as chest-thumping, caused me to do some research on NLP which in turn led me to the conclusion that it is an artifact of the 1970s pop-psychology movement and a good thing for those who make a living from it, but not of any real value to anyone else. I suspect those willing to suspend rational disbelief and believe in NLP will find it comforting as with any other placebo. Interestingly enough, Bandler treats placebos at some length.

    Jerry...more info
  • A+ resource
    Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (12/08)

    Richard Bandler, a forerunner in transformational healing, merges hypnosis and neuro-linguistics into a format designed to assist laypersons as well as professionals to understand and catapult clients to a higher consciousness. Bandler, the cofounder of NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) provides a guide which includes further understanding of brain functions and how to re-pattern, re-program, and re-set them through simple tasks. Dispelling fears and inappropriate behaviors becomes an effortless undertaking within trance.

    Bandler states "One of the best ways of getting over an unhappy past and guaranteeing a happy and successful future is to practice making yourself feel better for no particular reason." In most cultures this is a foreign notion and one holds on to the past while putting blame onto others. Through Bandler's process we can create another blueprint, one that relieves us of holding onto the past and creating a future of happiness. This is not to discount the unhappy past, but to build an authentic happy life. Using the techniques set out by Bandler, we can produce positive change.

    As a Certified Hypnotherapist, and a student of NLP, I marvel at Bandler's understanding and dedication to the betterment of individuals and globally as a whole. "Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-formation" is simple, concise, and very reader-friendly. For the practitioner this is a must-have book. It could end up being your only resource. For the layperson, this book will give you understanding of a technique that works; and, you may want to seek out a professional to implement it.

    ...more info
  • All of Bandlers stuff is good
    Seriously, if you are a student of NLP you have to make the time to read ALL of Bandlers writings. Some of it is more techie than others but it's all good. This is no exception. ...more info
  • Best book for professionals providing hypnosis.
    This is the best text by far for professionals in the health care field who are offering hypnosis to their clients....more info
  • Trance-formation
    Richard Bandler is the godfather of NLP and Hypnosis. This work is exceptional and it provides insights into the effectiveness of hypnosis in a therapeutic role. Anything from Bandler is worth owning. Great work!...more info
  • Simply Amazing
    This goes down as one of the best writtern books I've read on anything. Expecially NLP and Hyponosis. Everything is very clear and easy to understand. This book, to me, is the equivalent to an NLP training. I have a lot of NLP and Hynosis material but nothing comes close to the content in this book. This filled in every single hole and question I had.

    After reading this you will know exactly what to do to create the changes and have a foundation for doing so allowing you to be creative because Richard teaches how all of this works and how he developed it.

    Richard Bandler really is the real deal because I've gotten more out of this book than the several NLP and hypnosis training I've taken. I keep this book on my desk in from of me all the time, because I use it as reference as well. It really has everything you need to get started or freshen up your skills.

    Highly recommened!, I rarely right reviews but this is worth it. if your're reading this, don't short change yourself by not atleast giving it a try. The book cuts through all the othe NLP junk that fluds the market. The book alone can make you a lot more effective than someone who goes to some random NLP seminar and certification training by some guy that not in the Richard Bandler camp...and that's one of the reason he's says he created this. It's for those who haven't had the chance to train with Richard but want to learn from him as if they did. Here you go.......more info
  • This is the best integrated information I have ever read all in one book.
    This book have a lot information about NLP and tools, very pratical, all NLP pratician have to read. Recommended 100%....more info
  • Stealing a skill
    I have to admit I am very impressed with Richard Bandler's latest books, both of which are totally different.

    This book is clearly geared at people who already have experience with trance or are hypnotists, and is more detailed. If you're like me, you will find the book to be very free flowing, and an easier read than his earliest works. As you might expect, his trance work has become even more and more refined, there is a grace and fluidity about what he does.

    This is apparent in the client session trance scripts included at the back. The embedded commands are italicised. If you don't already know much about Milton Model and Meta Model patterns, you will find resource files at the end, which will enable you to get up to speed very quickly.

    My favorite line from the book is: 'So you only torture youself in your spare time?' spoken with typical irreverence.

    I particularly like the stealing from a genius exercise. Its similar to something I already do.

    Another one, you may find interesting is The Magic of False Memories.

    One particular item I saw him do on a clip from Paul McKenna's tv show.
    He was demonstrating -spinning feelings. That process is described in - Get the Life you want.

    If you're unsure about which book to get, they are both excellent, and highly recommended.

    I hope you find this review helpful, and, if you do, please click yes.

    ...more info
  • The Best of Bandler
    Fantastic book, Mr. Bandler techniques revisited and updated. A practical guide on hypnosis. This book its not poor seminar transcriptions. This time Mr. Bandler goes explaining step by step. Really very good....more info
  • Good info for hypnotising others
    This book is really good if you want to hypnotise others.It is terrible for self hypnosis.In the part getting to hypnosis Bandler says to find a hypnotherapist,not something I expected from him....more info
  • Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-formations
    Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-formations provides not only a complete over view of the process of hypnosis, but also comprehensive coverage of its numerous applications. The bookGuide to Trance-formations helps clarify the relationship between NLP and hypnosis. Richard Bandler, who has often been called the world's greatest hypnotist, believes that trance is the foundational human experience, in which we move from trance to trance depending on what we believe, think, and do. For this reason, learning to take control and choose the most appropriate trance at any given time is a critical life skill.

    Bandler's approach to hypnosis is quick and natural. He rightly says that standard approaches, such as those saying "you are getting sleepy, sleepy, sleepy" in a monotone or having the subject descend a staircase going "deeper" with each step are slow and often ineffective. Everyone, he points out, is capable of going into a trance and that hypnotists simply need sufficient flexibility to adapt their approach to individual clients.

    The book does an admirable job of clarifying the kinds of trances that often result in problems for people and provides numerous examples of hypnotic language patterns that will help them learn to alter their state for the better. The book also includes excellent coverage of using metaphors to stack realities and for creating nested loops to effect positive change.

    The book also provides annotated transcripts (trance-scripts) of Bandler at work, detailing language patterns and the process of trance work.

    This is a must read book for those interested in hypnosis and NLP. The same can be said for Bandler's other recent books (reviewed below). The overarching theme of the three books is enhancing individual, personal freedom through increased awareness. By using your conscious mind to program your unconscious in the most appropriate ways, you expand freedom not only for yourself, but also for others in your life. It is a great way to make a positive contribution to life on earth (and beyond).

    ...more info


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