Chapter 29

How Milton H. Erickson Encouraged Individuality in His Children

Panel: Lance Erickson, Ph.D., Robert Erickson, M.A., and Betty Alice Erickson Elliott, Ed.D. Cand. Betty Alice serves as moderator; Mrs. Milton Erickson, Kristina Erickson, M.D., and Roxanna Erickson Klein, M.S., were in the audience and contributed during the question and answer period.

Betty Alice: I am Betty Alice, the fourth of Milton Erickson’s eight children. All of us eight children have many of the same values. Honesty to self and to others, and the desire to live a fulfilled and productive life in a way that is considerate of, and productive to, the world at large.

Now, we don’t believe that those values are unique to us, nor was our general family life unique. ...

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