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My name is Jo Ana Starr; I am a writer and an avid reader, both of which have been my passions since childhood.
As a young woman, I decided on a great "life plan" that would find me raising my children, working at work that mattered to me and by my current stage, to be devoting myself to writing and public speaking. My professional background includes various stints in marketing, including financial and communication services until I made the shift in 1986 to working full-time in my other great passion-metaphysics and the mind-body connection. I worked as a Certified Hypnotherapist, ran metaphysical symposium, and created the New England Institute of Hypnotherapy which I have been operating since 1998.
In the last couple of years, I have written several books now in varying stages of completion, intending to self-publish them . Completing and publishing them is now my highest priority. I have set myself the daunting goal of getting them published by the end of the year, in print and in ebook formats. I am in the process of getting that done !
Max G. Bernard
on Jan. 31, 2012 :
Detailed hypnosis scripts with a positive, rather than aversion therapy approach
Dr. Starr has written other books introducing the reader to the practice of self-hypnosis to combat particular personal problems such as weight loss, substance abuse, relationship problems, etc. This book goes beyond that and consists of plentiful full hypnosis scripts which can be used either by professionals in the field, or for self hypnosis use.
She gives detailed suggestions for the ideal use of these scripts as well as presenting 2 master hypnosis inductions, needed to bring about the hypnotic state to make the beneficial use of the hypnosis session scripts possible. What is really good is that there are 3 hypnosis scripts each for addressing the problems of weight loss and stress reduction, common problems that a lot of people have. Unlike some quacks who seem to suggest an instant “cure” is possible for weight or stress problems, Dr. Starr is a realistic enough professional to acknowledge that these troubling maladies are ideally dealt with over time through a series of sessions, designed to get at he roots of the problems.
Unlike some other authors who cannibalize one published general work on the subject and repackage portions of it to sell the same information again, Dr. Starr’s latest book presents all new hypnosis behavior modification scripts, with no duplicate from her more introductory book Quantum Self Hypnosis (other than what she describes as an additional “bonus” stop smoking script). I also like, very much, the fact that she takes a positive, present tense, and affirmative approach, rather than the approach of negative programming or aversion therapy that some use. Aversion therapy, I think, all too often just tries to condition a negative response to stimuli (you will feel nauseous or uneasy after smoking a cigarette or pigging out on ice cream) rather than trying to address the real cause for the problem in the first place and channeling the need or craving into a more positive direction.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)