The Cactus – A Teaching Tale from Milton Erickson

The Cactus – A Teaching Tale from Milton Erickson

An alcoholic who came to Erickson felt he was a hopeless case. His parents were alcoholics, his grandparents on both sides were drinkers, even his wife and brother were alcoholics. In addition, the man’s working environment and friends encouraged a hard drinking lifestyle. Instead of sending the man to Alcoholics Anonymous, Erickson suggested something quite…

Have you ever wondered why it can be so difficult to change a belief or habit?

Have you ever wondered why it can be so difficult to change a belief or habit?

In the movie The Kings Speech, Geoffrey Rush plays a language therapist to King George VI played by Colin Firth, who has a fixed mental set or belief that he cannot speak without stammering. “I stammer, and no-one can fix it,” he says. Rush gets him to read a speech out loud from Shakespeare’s Hamlet…

Pythagoras and the Oracle at Delphi – an Ericksonian-style Teaching Tale

Pythagoras and the Oracle at Delphi – an Ericksonian-style Teaching Tale

According to the ancient Greek mathematician Pythagoras, three is the first true number and the first number that forms a geometrical figure – the triangle. What is not often known about Pythagoras is that he had trouble sleeping. One day he thought, “I can use my talents to help myself,” So he decided to put his…

Brain Waves and You

Brain Waves and You

“Researchers have speculated that a fully functioning brain can generate as much as ten watts of electrical power.”* The electrical activity emanating from the brain is displayed in the form of brainwaves. There are four categories of these brainwaves, ranging from the highest to lower frequency. Beta waves ~ the brain is aroused and actively engaged…