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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Everything I was looking for.
    I have read a lot of material on hypnosis and self-improvement but none as good as this. This book reads quickly and easily. The exercises are excellent and effective. I am making progress toward my goals already and I haven't even finished the book! Try it. It's great!...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
  • Trance-formation: How to harness the power of hypnosis
    Of all the many (many) NLP books I've accummulated this book is the easiest to read and put into practice. It really is Bandler at his best. Personally I can't wait for more....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
  • 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
  • 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.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Trance Formation
    Dr. Bandler just keeps getting better and better.

    I recommend this for anyone that wants to change their life for the better.

    Please keep products like this coming!...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


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