The Story of Hypnosis
Routledge – 2003 – 476 pages
In Hidden Depths, Robin Waterfield explores the fascinating world of hypnosis, tracing the history of this often misunderstood craft beginning with a passage in the book of Genesis, and continuing through his own personal experiences today. Waterfield uses the history and controversy surrounding the practice of hypnosis to gain insight into our behavior and psychology, and considers how hypnotic techniques have been absorbed into society through advertising, media and popular culture.
"Robin Waterfield's Hidden Depths: The Story of Hypnosis, is undoubtedly the most thorough and informative book about hypnosis on the market today. Written in an engagingly intelligent and entertaining style, this book details the history of the field of hypnosis. The author's descriptions of a remarkable cast of charlatans, eccentrics, and dedicated professionals eventually leads us from Egypt though Mesmer and up to the present, where the author provides a remarkably clear picture of the current state of the field. Professionals and non-professionals alike will come away from this book with a more complete understanding of the history, controversies, applications, and potentials of hypnosis than they could acquire anywhere else." -- Ronald A. Havens, co-author of Hypnotherapy Scripts
"Hidden Depths is, without any doubt, the single most informative and exciting treatise regarding hypnosis and hypnotherapy I have ever seen. I suggest you memorize it!" -- Stephen Lankton, MSW, DAHB
Robin Waterfield is the author of over twenty-five books, ranging from children's fiction to biography and translations of ancient Greek texts. Hidden Depths is the product of a lifelong interest in human potential and psychology. At present he is Writer in Residence at the University of Sussex.