Influential Past Teachers

Articles for Past Teachers

The Dark Night of Mother Teresa

by Carol Zaleski: On October 19, 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) will be beatified in Rome. During the three-and-a-half-year investigation into her cause, no less thorough for having been hastened by the waiver of the customary five-year waiting period, every nook and cranny of her life was studied for evidence that she is the […]

Milton Hyland Erickson, 1901–1980

by Gregg E. Gorton, M.D.: Milton Hyland Erickson is long considered the father of modern clinical hypnosis, is best appreciated today as a psychotherapy innovator (1). His “uncommon” therapy (2) was molded by his early career research into the nature of suggestion, hypnotic states, the mental mechanisms underlying psychodynamic processes, and the psychophysiological aspects of trance (3).

Erickson’s Early Life

Since Erickson was born and raised in pioneering and rural farming country, there were few medical or educational facilities. “Schooling” was simple and basic, which may be whey not one (apparently) noticed that the young Milton was experiencing the world in his own unique manner.

The History of Ericksonian Hypnosis

by Douglas O’Brien: When you hear “hypnosis” you might think of the traditional form of hypnosis where the powerful, authoritative hypnosis implants suggestions in his subject, such as, “you are getting sleeeepy. Your eyelids are growing heavier and heavier. “You will quit smoking,” and so on.