Hypnosis Books

Here’s my recommended reading list of hypnosis and clinical hypnosis books. My ratings of these books is in between brackets as in (5/5). Allow me to point out that, even though some books may have lower ratings, all the books listed below are worth reading/owning. Some of the books are advanced, some are about NLP, others only have clinical studies. Make sure you know what the book is about by researching it on Amazon before purchasing.

Self-Hypnosis Books

These are good books for my clients and those new to hypnosis who want to learn self-hypnosis:

Self-Hypnosis: The Complete Manual for Health and Self-Change [Second Edition] [Paperback] – by Dr. Brian M. Alman (Author), Dr. Peter Lambrou (Author) (5/5) – can be obtained online for a low cost

Through the Open Door: Secrets of Self-Hypnosis [Hardcover] – by Kevin Hogan and Mary Lee Labay (5/5)

A practical guide to Self-Hypnosis – by Melvin Powers – An older one, Melvin Powers was a popular name in hypnosis in the fifties. (5/5)

Self-Hypnosis: The Complete Guide to Better Health and Self-change – Brian M. Alman, Peter T. Lambrou

Self Hypnotism: The Techniques and Its Use in Daily Living – by Leslie LeCron – An older one (you can get one for a low cost online). (5/5)
This one is a bit deep into psychology, it’s a better book for a practicing hypnotist (not the client)
A few choices on Amazon:



Also, don’t forget to check your public library for self-hypnosis books. The ones listed above could be found at your local library.


General Hypnosis Books

Monsters & Magical Sticks: There’s No Such Thing As Hypnosis? – Steven Heller, Terry Lee Steele, Robert Anton Wilson, Nicholas Tharcher (Editor) (5/5)

Hypnotherapy Scripts 2nd Edition by Ronald A. Havens and Catherine Walters (5/5)

Magic of NLP Demystified: A Pragmatic Guide to Communication & Change (Positive Change Guides) by Byron A. Lewis and Frank, R Pucelik (5/5)

Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors by D. Corydon Hammon (5/5)

Clinical Hypnosis: Principles and Applications (2nd Edition) Harold B. Crasilneck, James A. Hall (5/5)


Hypnosis The Induction of Conviction by John C. Hughes (5/5)

Applied Hypnosis and Hyperempiria by Don E. Gibbons

21st Century Medicine: Clinical Evidence for the Healing Power of the Mind – ByC. Devin Hastings –

Get it here from Lulu (5/5)

Hypnotism – by G. H. Estabrook (classical, contains outdated theories – multiple editions 1944 – 1963)

Get it here from Amazon (3/5)

Pregnant Man: And Other Cases From a Hypnotherapist’s Couch – Deirdre Barrett Ph.D., Ph.D., Deirdre Barrett

Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing: New Concepts of Therapeutic Hypnosis – Ernest L. Rossi

The Couple Who Became Each Other: Stories of Healing and Transformation from a Leading Hypnotherapist – David Calof

Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis: In Medicine, Dentistry, and Psychology – William S. Kroger (Author), Michael D. Kapko (5/5)

Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D ** (5/5)

My Voice Will Go With You by Erickson and Rosen ** (5/5)

Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguistic Programming – Richard Bandler, John Grinder, Steve Andreas (Editor), John O. Srevens (Editor)

Using Your Brain–For a Change: Neuro-Linguistic Programming – Richard Bandler

Training Trances: Multi-Level Communication in Therapy and Training – John Overdurf, Julie Silverthorn, Tad James (2/5*)

The Structure of Magic 1  – John Grinder, Richard Bandler

and this link for other choices

New Master Course in Hypnotism – Henry Arons (5/5)

Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now!: A Powerful User-friendly Program for Anyone Searching for Immediate Pain Relief – Bruce Eimer (4/5)

The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles – Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D. (2/5)

Medical Hypnosis Primer: Clinical and Research Evidence by Arreed Franz Barabasz, Karen Olness, Robert Boland, and Stephen Kahn (5/5)

Analytical Hypnotherapy: Principles and Practice – E. A. Barnett

Hypnotherapeutic Techniques: Second Edition – Arreed Barabasz, John G. Watkins


Beliefs: Pathways to Health & Well-Being – Robert Dilts, Suzi Smith, Tim Hallbom

Unlock Your Mind and Be Free: A Practical Approach to Hypnotherapy – Edgar Barnett


The Art of Hypnosis: Mastering Basic Techniques – C. Roy Hunter (4/5)

The Art of Hypnotherapy – Diversified Client-Centered Hypnosis, Based on the Teachings of Charles Tebbetts – C. Roy Hunter (4/5)


Essentials Of Hypnosis – Michael D. Yapko (4/5)

Analytical Hypnotherapy, Vol. 1: Theoretical Principles – Jacquelyne Morison (4/5)

Analytical Hypnotherapy, Vol. 2: Practical Applications – Jacquelyne Morison (5/5)

Scripts and Strategies in Hypnotherapy: The Complete Works – Rodger P. Allen (4/5)

The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis
A Dictionary of Psychology
Self Hypnotism : The Technique and Its Uses in Daily Living – Leslie M. Lecron
An Introduction to Jung’s Psychology – Frieda Fordham
The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology
Training Trances by Overdurf and Silverthorn (2/5)

and, don’t forget to check out Hypno Facts

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