Reviews

Here’s what the critics are saying about Dr. Eimer’s Second Edition of Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now!

Eimer’s well written book is targeted at chronic pain sufferers who have not responded to conventional medical or drug treatment. When one finds that pain persists despite applying appropriate medical intervention then that pain signal has outlived its usefulness and one can then decide to manage that pain using techniques such as self hypnosis and hypnosis. Recognizing that everyone is unique in his or her expression and experience of pain, and that no one technique suits everyone, Eimer clearly describes and makes understandable for the lay person, a large number of techniques and strategies based on self hypnosis which may be of help in pain management.

Self hypnosis is an empowering technique which not only allows one to understand the message of pain at a subconscious level, but also helps one to manage the pain. Unlike conventional medicine, self hypnosis has no side effects and can be used as an adjunct to traditional medical treatment. However the reader is warned to take self responsibility and seek/obtain medical opinion on diagnosis and treatment prior to using self hypnosis.

This book is divided into two sections and in my opinion the reader will obtain maximum value from this book if they read it from start to finish. Part 1 of the book informs the reader about the characteristics of pain and explains what hypnosis is all about. Pain is a signal telling you that something is wrong and to heed this warning and seek help. Pain which is persistent enforces limits on one’s life and robs one of the freedom to live life effectively and fully.

Reading Part 1 will encourage the reader to begin the process of change by reflecting and evaluating their own experience of pain, by rating it, examining its history and pattern and existing coping strategies. This evaluation is thought provoking and causes one to consider a very important question ‘Do I want to get better?’ In turn this leads one to query one’s level of motivation to work at getting better. Hypnosis and self hypnosis can help one uncover the source of pain and tackle blocks to healing such as poor lifestyle choices and so on. The author also provides a pain description questionnaire covering 30 multi-factor pain groupings. Using this to analyse one’s expression of pain gives clues to identifying beneficial opposing qualities which can in turn be helpful in setting goals for how we want to feel instead. By examining one’s coping strategies, one determines where one exists on the continuum between avoidance and awareness.

By participating in the self evaluation process in Part 1, the reader has set a baseline for the process against which he or she can measure their success in applying the many techniques outlined in Part 2 of the book – around 50 techniques in all. The techniques are based on what Eimer calls the 6D’s of coping: deep relaxation, decatastrophising, direction, distraction, distortion and dissociation. All these techniques are described in a clear way and additional self suggestions are provided which the reader can tailor make to suit their own individual needs.

One of the techniques which appealed to me as a reader and as a practicing hypnotist comes under the heading of ‘Direction’. This technique focuses on monitoring one’s thoughts surrounding one’s pain and modifying one’s thoughts towards obtaining positive and healthy outcomes. In this technique one learns to monitor the typical negative self talk and replacing it with positive self talk and positive self suggestion. This technique can be employed before, during and after a bad episode of pain.

Eimer provides many scripts which the reader can use/amend to suit themselves. I advise the reader to record these in their own voice. Self hypnosis implies that you are your own hypnotist and what better than to listen to your own voice feeding positive suggestions to the subconsious mind.

Dr. Eimer is a licensed clinical psychologist in Philadelphia with over twenty years of experience treating chronic pain.

Since 2007 I have been using NLP with my clients to tackle all kinds of issues, including confidence issues, anxiety, fears and phobias. I am a qualified NLP practitioner through the Irish Institute of NLP. I am also a certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) based in New Hampshire. My hybrid background in Homoeopathy, NLP, Hypnosis and Life coaching and Education allows me to approach health issues (mental, emotional and physical problems) in a holistic fashion. Find out more about my services at http://www.hypnosistralee.com

Anne Marie Courtney, Ezine Articles – December 2008
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Here is a book whose somewhat whacky title belies a serious and expert self help book for people who live with pain. Bruce Eimer is a clinical psychologist who has been treating persistent pain patients with hypnosis and cognitive-behavioural therapy for two decades. He is also a chronic pain patient. This is no alternative medicine text for the desperate, but a serious evidence-based review of how the psychological aspects of persistent pain should be treated and how these techniques can be used on a self help basis. Everyone living with persistent pain should buy and read this book and practise the techniques it contains. A CD is included.

Pain Matters, The Magazine of Pain Concern – October 2008
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A great self help book for anyone who wants to learn how to master pain relief.

It is a well constructed, easy to apply book that comes with a CD full of practical exercises. Free of jargon and techno-babble, this book puts the control into the hands of the reader to tap into the power of the mind and shows, step-by-step, how to use hypnosis to help to relieve pain.

It is a valuable and useful manual for pain relief techniques.

Terri Bodell, FNACHP (Fellow of the National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists & Psychotherapists)
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“Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now” is described as a “powerful, user-friendly program for anyone searching for immediate pain relief”, and it is all of this. It is also the most comprehensive and effective program for lasting pain relief that I have ever found.

Bruce Eimer combines over 20 years of knowledge, skills and experience, with the empathy and understanding of someone who has developed these effective methods through learning to manage his own chronic pain.

Those who suffer chronic pain have often spent a long time trying medical and alternative approaches without finding relief, and under such circumstances, it is understandable to lose hope and motivation to keep trying new methods. If this describes you, take heart – reading this book will really make a difference for you and will help you regain control of your mind and body.

If you are a professional working with those in pain, this book offers ways and means to help each individual using the combination of methods that will suit them best.

Bruce Eimer offers straightforward, honest, caring support alongside all the information, practical methods and different approaches you might need to reduce any kind of pain to manageable levels.

Susanna Bellini, NLP trainer, counselor, hypnotherapist and also a chronic pain survivor.
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This book is valuable and thought-provoking for people experiencing chronic pain. Eimer approaches his subject with the first-hand knowledge and commitment of someone who, after an accident, sought relief from the resulting persistent pain. Not wanting to remain an invalid, he summarizes the techniques which freed him.

Principally directed at the layperson, this book will also prove a resource for the healthcare professional helping patients manage their pain.

“…to tame pain, we must use our brain”: we are aided to solve the puzzle of pain, separating the sensory, cognitive and emotional experiences of pain which keep chronic sufferers in a vicious cycle. Techniques are explored to evaluate, then practice self-hypnosis to reduce the everyday impact of pain and live with it in a meaningful manner. Hypnosis is introduced in a way which allows readers to choose the induction method which best suits them. Self-suggestion is explained so that readers feel unthreatened by the process.

The penultimate chapter is entitled Become AWARE and find your inner balance. The acronym AWARE (- Accept the pain, Watch your experience, Act functionally, Remove yourself from pain, and Expect the best – gives a clear idea of the positive self-change which Eimer hopes sufferers can achieve on their journey.

Anthony Scratchley is a Hazelden-trained counselor, with some years in practice. He has also worked in sports management.
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Although written as a self-help manual, Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now is a fantastic resource for practising therapists as well as for anyone suffering from chronic pain themselves.

With so many self-hypnosis books currently on the market, this excellent account distinguishes itself by being clearly focused on a particular problem and written by someone who is not only a clinical psychologist, but who has himself suffered from chronic pain.

Bruce Eimer was injured in a major road accident in 1993, giving him first-hand experience of what his patients had been going through. As a result he pledged that he ‘would do anything within his power to help other chronic pain sufferers cope’.

This experience gives the book a degree of commitment, focus and personal investment that should serve in itself to inspire and encourage fellow sufferers, as well as convince them of the benefits of hypnosis.

Because pain has both a sensory and an emotional content, Dr Eimer believes it is ideally suited to the kinds of relaxation, cognitive and imaginative techniques employed in the therapeutic use of hypnosis.

The book is absolutely bursting with practical self-help exercises which avoid overwhelming the reader by being contained within the framework of a clearly structured programme of self-treatment.

Having first offered information to assist in understanding ‘the puzzle of pain’, Dr Eimer provides comprehensive questionnaires which allow the reader to evaluate their own experience of pain.

A clear explanation is given of the basics of hypnosis followed by an account of the benefits of self-hypnosis and how this in itself can help to alleviate discomfort.

The reader is then able to select from the huge range of coping strategies that form the core of the book. These are brought together in a step-by-step approach combining self-hypnosis, coping exercises and the use of self-suggestion.

The book culminates by offering detailed scripts that can be used to probe more deeply into the underlying causes of pain.

This is both an accessible and exceptionally thorough guide which is not just a very good aid to pain-relief, but also one of the most lucid introductions around to the therapeutic uses of hypnosis in the treatment of everyday problems.

Julian Gill, Hypnotherapist – www.aspiretherapyonline.com
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With all the recent press and television coverage of people having operations without anaesthetic but choosing the route of Hypnosis instead, I decided to try it for myself. Not to the level of having an operation mind, as I think I would prefer to be totally out for that one, but when Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now! appeared on the potential book of the month review list I thought why not? What have I got to lose?

Reasonably priced, this one is packed full of useful information and exercises for self hypnosis and deep relaxation and comes with a CD too. Both the book and the recording can be used together, however, the CD has also been designed to stand alone.

Bruce Eimer also knows how to write a guide on a relatively complicated subject that is reader friendly and understandable. An interesting section on Pain Description is recommended as a starting point to progress onto the exercises to relieve the symptoms.

Another aspect of this powerful book is the self suggestions that appear throughout and some useful pointers on how to use them effectively. Using similar aspects in my practice of complimentary therapies, self suggestions or affirmations are a powerful tool for mind and body wellbeing and the proposed suggestions Bruce Eimer highlights in this book are just as important in the practice of self hypnosis.

One of those books you can dip in and out of when you feel the need, I would suggest that readers take some time out to familiarize themselves with the first part of the book as it provides the reader with an excellent baseline of pain theory, one’s own ability to cope with pain and a comprehensive introduction to explaining what Hypnosis actually is. As a result, the guidance provided in the following parts and chapters will make more sense and become simpler to follow at those times of need.

Taking my own advice into consideration I decided to try a couple of the exercises when I woke up with a stonker of a headache as a result of starting medication for high blood pressure. I was amazed and after a few failed attempts to get myself in a relaxed state of mind to progress with a couple of the exercises proposed and allowing myself to actually relax with the aid of the fantastic CD that came with it the pain actually did subside and I felt invigorated to face the day ahead pain free.

So Bruce, you aptly named the book Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now! and I am sure readers will not be disappointed. He is not advocating this as an alternative to traditional medical practices with pain management; however, this one should be kept by the medicine tin as a compliment to anyone wishing to relieve themselves of pain following such a programme written by someone who I think knows their craft inside and out. This could be the best £12.99 you would spend if the results are as a positive as I experienced following Bruce’s advice.

David Feakes, What’s Happening Magazine
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Excellent and encouraging self hypnosis book inspired by the author’s personal pain recovery techniques. The book is really reassuring. A valuable self hypnosis tool. It gives real practical self hypnosis tools for the reader who needs cheer, encouragements, and guidance, it has sound, detailed advice for an all-important issue. How to handle pain, using the 6 D’s. Deep relaxation, decatastrophizing, direction, distraction, distortion and dissociation. Each is handled as a part of self hypnosis.

The author covers of the basic knowledge of how the conscious and subconscious work together. He makes even more reassuring noises when he talks about new ways that the conscious and subconscious co operate with each other; find that in chapter 8. Vital in teaching how the conscious and subconscious mind operates together for healing.

Eimer has made available a book that provides all you need to know about relaxation and the importance of making comfort in the body. I enjoyed all the chapters, since they cover all the fundamentals around hypnotherapy. E.g. Not all Tools are for Everyone and the Issues of Conflict between the parts. Importantly, the author reassures his readers particularly people with a heavy reliance on medical drugs that the book does not compete with their doctor.

The chapters on how to hypnotize yourself are basically teaching the reader how to consider pain from an attitudinal point of view. He asks you to decide what attitude you will practise towards your own pain. He also asks you to consider what personal skills and internal resources you can bring forward to use to either distract or dissociate yourself, using your imagination for healing purposes.

An inspirational book for use by anyone who wants to use hypnotherapy to hypnotise themselves out of pain now. It has all the material is there, it just seems that the presentation of the text, its layout etc, sizing, spacing and size of font could be altered to provide lots of breathing space for a reader with chronic pain to imagine themselves deeply receiving the positive effects of their practical response to the exercises.

This wonderful book could be improved greatly by having much more white space throughout the text. Issues of desirability for those who have not been exposed to hypnotherapy could also be to be addressed.

The more I read the text, the more I found that the CD helped a lot to access the written material in the book. It was considerable contrast to the text in that it provided the gentle walk way into the healing process, was extremely user friendly and showed the reassuring heart of the author. It went to the heart of the matter and allowed the reader time to become acquainted with the text base elements of the book.

Again, in the gentlest way, my question is who is the book for. The book is encouraging, and opens up the possibility for pain sufferers, that pain no more may be their experience. And that they deserve that. If it is someone with pain, then for him or her, I wish the size of font was a little bigger for people with eyesight issues. I wish the density of text was a little less for people with eyesight issues or who might be intimidated with lots of words on a page. I wish a section, which actually visually shows how pain may be created. Lots more visual guidance may be needed so it moves the visual reader who also is feeling pain in the body. I offer you some guidance later about how to get the most out of the book. I am so glad that the CD is provided so that the person with pain can begin to explore the exercises he writes about so well.

Tips for Getting The Most Out Of This Book:

A section on how to get the most out of this book. E.g. with suggestions how to read the book one a day, three times a day, am, noon, pm before bedtime. /that you may want to set yourself a simple goal of taking one or two ideas at a time and practice them.

  • Asking the reader to read the sections out loud instead of reading them silently to make the book more effective.
  • More reassuring Signposting Tips in boxes like: allow yourself time to work on one or two tools or approaches at a time. They already exist in the body of the text.
  • Create obvious toolboxes, and advanced toolboxes to draw reader’s attention towards.
  • Visual illustrations throughout the text, to help people practise the visual elements of the work.
  • Maybe boxed sections for research and researchers to assist hypnotherapy practitioners record their experiences with the techniques.
  • A ‘Just Do It’ section with its activities.

I sense an authentic kindness from the author which holds the readers interests, while showing that self healing, self assessment and healing planning need no be dull, arduous, or an awesome task. Written with authentic, humane, authority. A highly recommended text when the tips are taken on board. I thank the writer for writing this work!

Deborah Rose – Therapeutic Hypnotherapist for Stress Free Caring In the City, a WellBeing and Training Membership organization for Social workers and Social care workers.
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The clinical psychologist who wrote this book not only has over 20 years’ experience in using cognitive-behavioral and hypnosis strategies for treating other people’s chronic pain but also uses his methods to treat himself Fifteen years ago, he was seriously injured in a major car accident. Pain, he says, may be mandatory but suffering is optional – and that is the thrust of this highly practical book. It is a treasure chest of strategies for “sending away unnecessary pain” that use attitude shift, instant relaxation, effective self-suggestion and positive use of the imagination (if you find it physically hard to get out of bed in the morning, mentally rehearse doing it first) to bring about change. As the author has found in his long experience, not every technique works for everyone, so he has a wide range to offer and, for the same reason, describes several methods for inducing self hypnosis.

The exercises he suggests fall within his “six Ds of hypnotic coping”: deep relaxation; decatastrophising (alas, this section promotes the outdated idea of thoughts leading to feelings, although that doesn’t detract from the usefulness of the information contained within it); direction (controlling or guiding one’s thoughts and actions); distraction; distortion (reinterpretation); and dissociation. This last is prefaced by an interesting section on spontaneous dissociation as a survival mechanism, illustrated by the author’s own experience.

Overall, this is an excellent resource, and it comes with a standalone audio CD.

Human Givens, Volume 15, No 1 2008
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Once in a while, I read a book on hypnosis that is to eloquent, so well-organized, so understandable, and written with such clarity and sensitivity that I wish I’d written it myself. That’s how I felt about reading Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now (Second Edition) by Bruce Eimer, Ph.D. This is the quintessential book on self-hypnosis for pain management.

Eimer first covers topics such as types of pain, the physiology of pain, pain and neurology, and the pain gate control theory, explaining how hypnosis can reduce chronic pain by closing off the neurological transmission of sensation to the brain from the site of previous injuries. He also discusses how to evaluate pain and how to evaluate one’s coping strategies.

The book then moves into the topics of hypnosis and self-hypnosis. Eimer acquaints the reader with basic information about hypnosis and then teaches eight methods of inducing self-hypnosis, such as eye fixation, arm drop, pencil drop, and the eye-roll method. Each induction comes with a script which the reader can record.

Next, the author provides a primer on pain management, covering the “six D’s” of pain management: Deep Relaxation, Decatastrophizing, Direction, Distraction, Distortion, and Dissociation. He tells the reader how to match the pain management method to the type of pain, and gives self-hypnosis processes and self-suggestions in each “D” category. For example, with Decatastrophizing, Eimer discusses how to dispute self-talk, reframe the meaning of pain, conduct cognitive analysis of thought processes, and use self-suggestions such as “I can still enjoy things.” The pain management skills in this book include behavioral coping strategies, cognitive interventions, and relaxation methods.

This book also covers ways to refine self-hypnosis, as well as advanced self-hypnosis processes such as instant relaxation, a self-healing ritual, mindfulness meditation, ideo-motor signaling, and ego state therapy. I counted over 50 exercises for pain management in this book, so there is surely at least one that will help any reader who is willing to invest the time to learn and practice self-hypnosis. The book comes with a companion CD covers what hypnosis is, pain perception and hypnosis, relaxation with hypnosis, rating and lowering discomfort, pain relief and imagery, healing imagery, therapeutic touch and energy healing, comfort transfer, and stress control.

Bruce Eimer is a clinical psychologist practicing in Philadelphia, with over 20 years of experience in treating chronic pain. He writes from personal experience as a chronic pain survivor. While this book is written for anyone with chronic pain, it is also an excellent reference for hypnotherapists who work with pain reduction. As a chronic pain survivor myself, I believe this book holds great promise for improving the lives of many.

Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Executive Director with the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. She is an NLP Master Practitioner/Trainer and hypnotherapist with a solo practice in Springfield, Virginia. She has recently published The Weight, Hypnotherapy and You Weight Reduction Program: An NLP and Hypnotherapy Practitioner’s Manual.
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Those who are frequently suffering from pain but do not find relief in typical methods of treatment will definitely find effective relief from this book by Bruce Eimer, PhD. Although pain relievers are typically known to provide instant relief for anyone who suffers from chronic pain, there are people who no longer respond just as well through conventional medications. This is why alternative medications like hypnosis are being widely recognized nowadays. Depending on the needs of every patient, Eimer illustrates how self hypnosis techniques can be valuable for people suffering from intense pain.

Through self-hypnosis, an individual will be able to control the pain effectively at a physical and subconscious level. This is extremely valuable in pain management. What makes hypnosis extremely advantageous than typical medicine is that it provides no adverse effects to the patient. Nonetheless, it is still important to obtain the assistance of professionals when it comes to using self-hypnosis. Exercising self responsibility is essential as well.

What you will find in this book is verified and valuable content divided into two sections. It is recommended that you read this book thoroughly from the beginning to end. During the first part of the book, you will get to understand pain better and recognize what hypnosis essentially is. Pain is actually a symptom that tells you how your body is experiencing something not quite well. Persistent pain has the ability to rob anyone of any comfort in life.

By reading the first part of the book, the reader will be able to evaluate their own experiences regarding pain and how this has been treated in the past. You can begin by asking yourself, “What efforts should I take to get better?” by doing hypnosis or even performing self-hypnosis yourself, you will be able to realize where the pain is actually coming from. Through the pain evaluation questionnaire included in the book, you will be able to analyze effectively your experience of pain and what you can do to feel so much better.

After having undergone the evaluation processes in the first part of the book, you can then proceed to the second part which outlines several techniques in hypnosis and self-hypnosis. Eimer mentioned the valuable techniques in coping with pain, which is referred to as the 6Ds: deep relaxation, direction, decatastrophising, distortion and disassociation, and distraction. These techniques are further explained in the book in clear detail and illustrations. You can also customize the techniques in order to suit your personal preferences.

Most hypnotists will agree to the technique mentioned in the 6Ds which is direction. This is a strategy that seeks to control the thought patterns regarding one’s experience of pain. It is essential for anyone to adjust their thoughts on pain so as to achieve a more positive consequence. This can be done through positive self talk and focusing away from the pain.

There are also scripts provided so that the patients can record them using their own voices for positive self talk. This is what self-hypnosis is essentially about. Dr. Bruce Eimer after all is backed up by more than 20 years of experience in pain treatment and his license as a clinical psychologist in Philadelphia.

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