Books on Life
Dylan Morgan, 1990.
Brian May of Queen has very kindly
contributed a foreword to this book. You may be surprised how many
aspects of life are influenced by thoughts of success and failure!
It is a book that can be browsed easily. It consists of many
page-length thoughts on some aspect of this key area of life,
which can be read in any order. Some of the thoughts are mine.
Some of them take the form of quotations from wiser heads.
Dylan Morgan, 1990.
For the general reader, a way of getting to understand life and
how to live it. As you might expect, it uses the metaphor of paths
extensively to make sense of many aspects of lifes journey.
Dylan Morgan, 2007.
Most of us are familiar with the idea of vicious circles. In
this short book I would like to introduce you to three related
circles. I find that they are of ENORMOUS importance and interest
in understanding our lives and how to change them.
You will probably have heard of the virtuous circle. But I feel
that perhaps it owes its lack of sexiness to its name! I am
re-naming it a VITAL circle. I guess that more people want to be
vital than virtuous. The vicious and vital circles are similar but
opposite. They both drive change. But what is important to us as
individuals is if the changes are good or bad for US.
There is a similar balance between the other two circles. They
both tend to preserve the status quo. If you like things
the way they are then you will think of the circle that preserves
it as Comforting. But if you dislike the status quo then
you will regard it as Constraining.
This short book is a readable introduction to these circles. I
hope that you will find them easy to read, and that they will
start you noticing these circles in your life and the lives of
A collection of articles on a variety of subjects such as
Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Smoking, Love, Memory, James Braid,
Anton Mesmer, Panic Attacks, Sexual Problems, Circumcision,
Humour, etc. It is a mixed bag. Many have been previously
published in Journals.
My other books are works of non-fiction and reason. But
hypnotherapy often involves dealing with parts of the mind that
are nourished by stories and metaphors. I have included this
children's book to show that my mind can also work in these modes.
You may or may not like this particular story, which has something
of the flavour of the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, though not the
quality. But it may at least balance any suggestion that I am too
rational for comfort!
Books on Hypnotherapy
Dylan Morgan, 1998.
This book is unique. It gives a step by step practical explanation
of what is going on in hypnosis. Other books give instructions,
but no understanding. Try it and see. If you have thought that
hypnosis is a lot of rubbish: read this and see. If you want to
learn how to do hypnosis: start here. You should find it fresh and
This book has been freely available on this site since 1998 and
has been much appreciated by readers all over the world. It has
also been copied and sold on eBay. Some have given me credit, some
Dylan Morgan, Eildon Press, 1996.
This describes in detail a comprehensive scientific theory of
the nature of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. It is based on the notion
that the human mind and body consist of many interacting
organic subsystems. In hypnosis we act to alter the level of
activity of these systems up and down in a selective way. This
viewpoint also makes clear that many of the more dramatic effects
of hypnosis are a result of establishing feedback loops which
amplify any change that is required.
You will find that it is the only book that even touches on the
question of diagnosis in hypnotherapy! It is also the only one
that has a mathematical model! Quite a technical read but one of
the very few books which teach understanding rather than
techniques. Also available in paperback. £14.95.
James Braid, John Churchill, London 1843.
This is THE classic book in the history of hypnosis. Not only
did Braid give us the word "hypnosis" but he was the
first to produce a scientific rationale of the subject. It is one
that can still be seen to be right in the essentials. He saw that
it is all about the increase or decrease in the activity of the
William Lovatt, Rider & Co, 1933.
A sound introduction from the 30s. It gives a good overview of
the basics of the subject in a fairly practical and common-sense
way, with no theory. An easy read, this is not a bad book to start
with. It also has rather more on the use of hypnosis to help
sportmen than is usual.
Dr. Alexander Cannon, Rider & Co. Unknown date, perhaps
1920s or 1930s.
This short book is included partly because it is out of print.
It is not to my mind a very good book, but is a fair example of
what was being done with hypnosis between the wars in England. Dr.
Cannon seems to have been a respected doctor with many degrees who
used hypnosis for medical purposes in Harley Street, London. But
his theory seems very unscientific today, and he mixes in a lot of
what sounds like mumbo-jumbo. It does, however,
give an idea of many induction methods used at the time.
This is a reprinting of a short booklet which is typical of many
produced in the middle of the 20th century. Lawrence, like many in
those days, would have started by working on the stage and then
moved on to use hypnosis in therapy. Such men were typically
dogmatic and superfical. However such booklets CAN be used to get
you started in hypnosis.
A collection of biographies of a few people who have been active
in the the field of hypnosis. Mine is included if you are