I recently had the pleasure of reading Subliminal Therapy by Edwin Yager, PhD (Crown House Publishing, 2011). This book grabbed my attention in the very first paragraph of the Prologue by mentioning how two sessions of subliminal therapy resulted in a client's asthma ceasing, with no recurring symptoms after 39 months. The author's work developing Subliminal Therapy (or -˜ST') is innovative and brilliant, and it spans almost four decades.
Since much of health care today helps patients and/or clients deal with the effects of physical or mental problems, it is very significant that the author resolves causes rather than just treating the symptoms. On page 52 he states: -˜Resolve the CAUSE and the problem goes away, not just temporarily, it goes away, period.'
Actual case histories are presented to document the results. Examples include smoking cessation, anxiety, pain reduction, anger management, alcohol abuse, panic attacks, and more. Success rates were measured. The overall success rate for ST averages more than 80%, with a profound success rate of 94% for addictions. One category with a lower success, pain reduction, still reflects an impressive 75% success rate.
The author works on the concept that the mind contains a conscious, subconscious, and a higher level of unconscious functioning that he calls -˜Centrum.' This extra-consciousness is aware of various parts of the mind (also called ego states, or selves); and awareness of the subconscious parts is employed during the sessions. However, ST differs from both ego state therapy and parts therapy, because the facilitator communicates with Centrum rather than with the parts. Centrum then communicates directly with the parts at the facilitator's request, educating and/or persuading the client's parts, and indicating when the work is complete.
Flowcharts appear in the text to ensure certain protocols are employed by anyone using ST. Additionally, in order to provide proper training in ST to health care professionals, the author offers training and certification through the Subliminal Therapy Institute, Inc., in Southern California.
Whether or not one wishes to use Subliminal Therapy, I recommend that health care professionals and hypnotherapists alike read this book.