Book Reviews 2

By: Menedimos Geomelas

This is not an ordinary book. On the contrary, it is an exceptional book with gems of wisdom in literally every chapter, written by an astute agent of change. This book represents the distillation of 18 years of experience of Jorgen Rasmussen working with clients who want to change.
As the book title implies, realistic combinations of different approaches to changework in a step-by-step format are described.
Jorgen has studied the work of Albert Ellis ( REBT), Sydney Banks ( Three Principles), Byron Katie ( The Work), Robert Kegan ( developmental psychology) and John Grinder ( NLP), among others, and he presents, explains and analyzes these approaches and their application in real case studies.
The way Jorgen looks at things from different angles to assist the clients/ patients in shifting their perceptions of reality is simply an art in and of itself.
While reading through the book, these three key words come into play : honesty, sincerity and integrity. The author openly speaks about the cases where he was able to produce outstanding results as well as about the cases where the results were moderate or weak.

Although there are several philosophical insights and many philosophical points that leave room for constructive discussion in the book, „ provocative suggestions“ is far from being a theoretical book. It is rather a practical book with lots of advice and clear presentations of formats when dealing with anger, anxiety, fear, phobias, depression etc. The reader gets clear instructions about what to do ( concrete steps) and how to troubleshoot when things don’t go according to plan. These clear instructions and the troubleshooting tips alone, even if the rest of the book was useless ( which obviously isn‘t), would be worth the price of the book.

Another very interesting and helpful approach which is well described in the book is how to utilize hypnotic phenomena as a tool and as a metaphor to help the clients/ patients change stuck perspectives and fixed perceptions.

A central theme that permeates the entire book and that resonates with me is the realisation that in most cases a „ black or white „ thinking is a distorted thinking . There are few absolute, fixed truths in life.

I wish „provocative suggestions“ in particular and Jorgen’s work in general to get the attention and the recognition they deserve among psychotherapists, coaches, hypnotherapists, NLPers and medical doctors. Jorgen’s work can by all means be effectively applied to a host of psychosomatic and psychiatric disorders and help people free themselves from unnecessary psychological and physical suffering without drugs and without them having to go through endless hours of counselling.
To sum it all up, „ provocative suggestions“ and Jorgen’s approach are a piece of art and wholeheartedly recommended to anyone in the field of medicine, psychology or coaching who has a sincere interest in helping people!

Client Work-2


"You reader are in for a treat – this is the stuff of genius. Take a young man, unencumbered with theory, with excellent sensory acuity and great flexibility and give him a set of patterns – some mix of the classic and New Code NLP patterning - and set him loose. Oh yeah, it helps enormously that he is fearless - that is, the issue of failure is not part of the baggage he brings to the game, and that he has a healthy disrespect for conventional treatments."

John Grinder ,NLP Cofounder


Jørgen has written one of the most brilliant, useable, clear-headed books on NLP both the methodology and the applications - that I have read in my two decades of studying the subject. This guy doesn't just show you the techniques-he explains the way of thinking that leaves the trail of techniques. Highest possible recommendation.

Ross Jeffries, Creator of Speed Seduction®

Your book is certainly bold and blunt. While some people might find some of the blunt language offensive and some of the techniques controversial, your book is certainly thought-provoking.

Roy Hunter, Hypnotherapist & Author


"There's a fair number of opinions in this book I flat-out disagree with. But I'm a fulltime working hypnotist seeing real clients every day - I earn my fee only if they get exactly the outcome they've come for. I need tools that work. The techniques Jørgen describes in Provocative Hypnosis work. There's more solid, useful information packed into this book than I've found in any other hypnosis/NLP book I've read or class I've taken (and I've trained with the biggest names in the field). So even if I think he's over the top sometimes, I recommend this book. For the expert working with live paying clients I recommend it for tools. They work. For the newbie, the aspiring and the curious, I recommend it because it's provocative, funny and an overall great read."

Brian Mahoney, Director, Boston Hypnosis


Jørgen’s book arrived this weekend and I have been unable to put it down. I thought I had no behavioral boundaries under the banner of ‘what’s most effective for the client’ but this guy makes my methods look tame. More importantly; not since Frogs into Princes have I seen a book that captures the spirit of flexibility required to be a real change artist - and it’s mainly implicit in Frogs into Princes. Jørgen makes it explicit and in-your-face. If you are one of my Practitioners or Master Practitioners - read it! It will echo my attitude to change work (there are no relevant considerations other that the ultimate welfare of your client and rapport is not ‘being nice’). For so-called NLP Practitioners that ‘run the script’ (with inadequate calibration and inadequate flexibility to go ‘off road’) this should be a wake up call to you. You will probably find it shocking in places, if you do I would urge you to pay attention to your inflexible boundary that Jørgen has crossed.

Darryll Scott, NLP Trainer and Performance Coach


I have met with Jørgen several years ago in Norway whilst working with John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair. I delivered a day introduction to the delegates who were attending a Coaching with Excellence course. Jorgen has a strong presence and stony faced humor. He is a true maverick and honorable in his work with clients. His book is in my opinion is outside the boundaries set in this field (the field of hypnosis NLP books) which is a brave step. Some of the text I am sure made me blush (and I am a Yorkshire man) and I congratulate Jorgen for having the balls to write such a book. His knowledge is advanced and of the highest level in this field plus he has the best qualifications … results. This is a great read and has the formats of how you should approach impossible clients.

John Thompson, NLP Trainer and Business Consultant

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