Hypnosis and NLP – The Shell and the Nut!

“Those Bandler and Grinder boys really cracked the nut on my work… the trouble is they took the shell and left the nut.” – Milton H Erickson M.D (allegedly! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Rumour has it that the above words were spoken by legendary hypnotist and hypnotherapist Milton H Erickson in the late 70’s, when reflecting on the work Bandler and Grinder had done in modelling him to create the NLP Milton Model.

So what did he mean? And if he was right, does it matter?

Watch the video to learn more!

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James Tripp

Hypnotist and Transformative Facilitator. Creator of Hypnosis Without Trance.


  • Nick Bachur

    July 4, 2015

    Enjoyed your description of the shell and the nut. Fritz Perls had great insight. Not sure how he developed it. And Erickson’s reference to his childhood bout with polio and how he was frozen, immovable, with all he could do with his time was observe the people surrounding him. How they acted. How they posed. Their expressions. Their constructs. Fascinating stuff that we are wise to emulate. Thanks, James.

    • James Tripp

      July 5, 2015

      Thank you Nick.

      The other thing that Erickson could do with his time was a LOT on internal mental work, which he utilised greatly in his own rehabilitation. I think a lot of this personal work laid the foundation for his unique understanding and approach to hypnosis.



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