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The Toxic Three of Poor Performance

The Big Three of Peak Performance

Accessing Your Peak Performance Zone: A Case Study: 5th Inning Triumph

A major league baseball player who was mired in a most unusual slump was referred to me.  As a first year starting pitcher he was unable to make it through the 5th inning of his first five starts of the season.  He rapidly developed an irrational belief that he would never again make it through …

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When What If Keeps You Up at Night

If I were King of the World the phrase “WHAT-IF” would be stricken from all languages.  People would be banned from uttering these overwhelmingly poisonous words.  What-Iffing is a practice that is extraordinarily common in our society. In my work What-If is identified as a primary symptom of anxiety.  What-If is a hit man for …

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An Ericksonian Template for Smoking Cessation

Abstract (published in The Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis) An Ericksonian approach to smoking cessation is a four-session model utilising solution-focused questions, strategic task assignments, and both conversational and formal hypnosis.  This model assists clients to change their experience of smoking, generating a pattern interruption that gradually expands through the course of treatment, …

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Book Review: The Handbook of Ericksonian Psychotherapy

This landmark volume, which compromises the writings of various experts in the discipline of Ericksonian therapy, captures the enormity of Dr. Erickson’s influence on the fields of hypnosis and psychotherapy.  The Principles and the Practices of Ericksonian psychotherapy form the two respective sections of this book.  The Principles portion includes chapters ranging from Assessment, Hypnotic …

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Inspirational Quotes

Optimist: Is someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha. -Robert Brault “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― Albert Einstein …

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Toward A New Clinical Sport Hypnosis

We believe that imaging perfect performance and creating a relaxed state has been grossly and unnecessarily overephasized in sport psychology and, in particular, in sport hypnosis.  Sport psychologists, both academicians and clinicians, have been mired in an unrelenting and redundant emphasis on visualization and relaxation.  This does the field a great disservice. As is the …

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“Oh… Had Enough, Eh? I’m Invincible! The Black Knight Always Triumphs!”

I remember smiling politely when Joe used an image of the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail to describe my fight with anxiety.  It was a funny image – the Black Knight losing one appendage after the other and still fighting with all he had.  He had called Sir Arthur the pansy …

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A Definition of Over-Thinking

A teacher of mine and of many, Stephen Gilligan, once said,“Over- thinking is holding your breath and clenching all of your muscles…” Have you ever tried to do anything at all when you are holding your breath and clenching all of your muscles? How does worrying about the same thing over and over and over …

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