Recent reviews of the Wordweaving™ series
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By cherdavis on 03/08/2011
Wordweaving 1: The Science of Suggestion is the kind of book you just want to read again and again and again, each time finding yourself learning something new and inspiring, and this book also gives you the gift of understanding precisely how suggestion works on the unconscious mind.
Every page fills you with a kind of inner awe. It's like suddenly owning a magic key to a treasure trove of this amazing knowledge, which is presented in an easily understood, jargon-free, highly informative manner.
Enjoyably educational I'd say! :)
By Val Hird on 18/04/2004
Great book, good read, excellent content Simply the best, would give six stars if I could, but for now have to make do with 5!!
By Elliott Wald on 23/02/2004
Most people like me, have a whole stack of books sitting on the side just waiting to be read, and as time goes by the pile begins to diminish. Only to be re-stocked as more and more 'mind nutrients' are added to the pile. Some of the books can literally take weeks to read, digest and evaluate, and clearly there is nothing wrong with this, but every once in a while I pick up a book and become transfixed on the content and the author’s ability to permeate information, to the point where it seems… almost, as I have begun to read I have completed the book. I am delighted to say that ‘Wordweaving’ is one of those books. I started reading the book Saturday morning and enjoyed it so much that I had read it by Monday morning. I have already pencilled a note in my diary to re-read in November.
It’s wonderful simplistic explanations and examples make this book a must for any good hypnotherapist
Elliott Wald, DCH, Dip Sp. Psy, Dip SC, MNLP, HA, BSSA EasyStop founder & course director Director Hypnotherapy Association
By Andy Smith on 05/08/2003
Trevor Silvester was a fellow student on my NLP trainer's training in 1997, impressing then with his congruence and charisma. This book revisits the NLP 'Milton Model' of hypnotic language, first set out by Bandler and Grinder in 1975, in the light of subsequent discoveries about how the brain processes events.
Silvester's "Matrix Model", like the similar "APET" model in the "Human Givens" approach, recognises the fact that our emotional responses to events precede conscious evaluation of what happens. By the time we form an opinion about an event, it has already been filtered through our unconscious associations and possibly generated an emotional response which if powerful enough can overwhelm rational thought.
This view of how we perceive events is more in line with current research knowledge than older models, such as the cognitive-behavioural, which attempt to address problems by challenging beliefs. Building on developmental psychology and Wolinsky's ideas of psychological problems as trance phenomena, Silvester shows how suggestions need to utilise these trance phenomena in order to be effective, and offers a step-by-step guide as to how to do this. He also shows how a problem may be focused at a particular level in Dilts' Neuro-Logical Levels model, and how to formulate suggestions to address each level. An interesting insight is the maxim that 20-30% of your suggestions should be focused at the Beliefs and Identity levels, to help clients build new beliefs about themselves and their situations, thus promoting generative rather than just remedial change.
This book definitely fills a gap, showing how to construct effective suggestions for many different conditions. 'Case histories' of typical client problems illustrate the process, and exercises are provided to help you build your skills step by step. Silvester is a wise and experienced hypnotherapist who has done his research, reading widely outside the disciplines of hypnotherapy and NLP and keeping up with recent developments in psychology and brain science. His passion for his subject shines through on every page. The book is also an easy and enjoyable read. These ideas are too powerful to be ignored and will bring about a much-needed shake-up in the curricula of many schools of hypnotherapy. Highly recommended, and should be on every hypnotherapist's shelf.
By Steve Demianyk on 14/07/2003
My freedom from scripts! This book gave me the freedom and confidence to create the suggestions whilst in a session with a client. I'm now more focused on the process of how the client does their problem and creating the most effective suggestion unique to the client in the moment.
By Sue Burnell on 12/06/2003
A friend kindly gave me a copy of your book. As an NLP Practiononer, studying for a Masters, I was delighted, (not to say relieved) to find a clear and understandable explanation of the Milton/(meta) model. I now know what it is, how it works and how I can use it too. I also found the model for how our memory stores and retrieves experiences invaluable; one of those key pegs to hang understanding on. I loved following the three case studies as you built up the language patterns. I can skip backwards and forwards through the book to refresh my memory and check understanding. Thank you for an enjoyable and informative read.
By Dawn Anderson on 21/05/2003
"Mastering this book will free you from the constraints of scripts....." It is hard to disagree. Wordweaving is easy to understand and jargon free. It is written in a concise, but simple style, making it an ideal work of reference for both hypnotherapy trainers and practitioners. Its' step-by-step approach, and use of NLP langauge patterns, offers a straightforward guide to therapy sessions, identification of client induced trance phenomena, and teaches you how to use those trance states to effect change in a clients' perception of a problem. In addition, formatted examples of both direct and indirect suggestion, facilitates the creation of high-impact hypnotic language, aimed specifically at the root of the clients' problem. For experienced hypnotherapists, or those just starting out, this book will prove invaluable, and one you will want to return to again and again. With a foreword by Dr Shaun Brookhouse, easy to follow chapter headings, useful exercises and conclusions, it is a joy to read and a valuable work of reference. Endnotes, Bibliography and a comprehensive index, are also invaluable. Highly Recommended.
By Jamie Knott on 08/05/2003
As someone still only a relatively short way down the road less travelled of mastering the use of NLP (ie 4 books completed on the subject, including the magnificent Frogs to Princes) it dawned on me some months ago that I would benefit from a deeper understanding of the hypnotic language aspects. For me, Trevor Silvester's book 'Wordweaving' has represented the difference that makes the difference to my understanding of NLP, as well as a number of other important issues relating to the way I communicate with myself. If you are wondering about what should be your next purchase on the subject, believe me...this particular book will help you connect (or rather inter-connect) the components. As for the author's style of writing and graphical representations...superb. It is as if you can imagine him speaking to you. The only naff thing about this book is the author's seeming guilt trip when it comes to promoting his next book. He clearly shouldn't be.
By Maggie Childs on 22/04/2003
This book is a must for anyone who would like to have more power with their hypnotic suggestions. It enables the therapist to work with the client within their model, rather than guess at what might be useful to them. A must for anyone who wants to have a greater impact and make a bigger difference.
By Tony Bennett on 16/04/2003
This book is packed with knowledge, beautifully logical and clearly explained. Fantastic!