As far as individuals are concerned, hypnosis is essentially an artistic medium which depends for its effectiveness upon the personality and circumstances of each client we encounter, exactly as it had been with me as a child. The stories I was told in hypnosis, such as the parable of the hare and the tortoise, and the little engine that could, enabled me to complete the long trek to the Ph.D.(de Rivera & Sarbin, 1998) in spite of setbacks too numerous to mention -- and this early stimulation of my imagination, I believe, is what made the work relatively easy,
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