Eric Greenleaf, PhD

Captured by the Nervous Systems of Others: the Self, the Brain and the Unconscious.

Erickson's notion of an unconscious mind reservoir of resources has gradually replaced the Freudian view common in most psychotherapy and among most modern patients. We may think of the Erickson unconscious as composed of three processes of ultimate importance for living. These are: The entire neurophysiology of the body; new learning; and, interpersonal emotions among more than two people. This odd set of processes, which Erickson influenced with hypnotic conversation, finds support in modern neuroscience as well. Dr. Greenleaf connects Erickson's clinical notions with brain function to develop an enlarged experience of The Self.

In this presentation, Dr. Greenleaf connects Erickson's clinical notions with brain function to develop an enlarged experience of The Self.

Eric Greenleaf PhD practices hypnotic psychotherapy in Albany CA. He directs the Milton H. Erickson Institute of the Bay Area and teaches internationally. Eric has, for twenty years, studied and filmed Balinese trance rituals and healing in Bali. Eric's book "The Problem of Evil: Ancient Dilemmas and Modern Therapy," was published in 2000. Milton Erickson MD chose him to receive the first Milton H. Erickson Award of Scientific Excellence for Writing in Hypnosis.