- Introduction: a roadmap for explanation, a working definition
- The domain of hypnosis, revisited
- Generations and landscapes of hypnosis: questions we've asked, questions we should ask
- Dissociation theories of hypnosis
- Social cognitive theories of hypnosis
- How hypnosis happens: new cognitive theories of hypnotic responding
- Intelligent design or designed intelligence? Hypnotizability as neurobiological adaptation
- A psychoanalytic theory of hypnosis: a clinically informed approach
- Measuring and understanding individual differences in hypnotizability
- Hypnosis scales for the twenty-first century: what do we need and how should we use them?
- Parsing everyday suggestibility: what does it tell us about hypnosis?
- Advances in hypnosis research: methods, designs and contributions of intrinsic and instrumental hypnosis
- Hypnosis and the brain
- Hypnosis, trance and suggestion: evidence from neuroimaging
- Hypnosis and mind—body interactions
- Psychoanalytic approaches to clinical hypnosis
- Reclaiming the cognitive unconscious: integrating hypnotic methods and cognitive-behavioral therapy
- An Ericksonian approach to clinical hypnosis
- Foundations of clinical hypnosis
- Hypnosis in the relief of pain and pain disorders
- Hypnosis and anxiety: early interventions
- Hypnotic approaches to treating depression
- Hypnosis for health-compromising behaviors
- Treating children using hypnosis
- Medical illnesses, conditions and procedures
- Hypnosis in the treatment of conversion and somatization disorders
- Trauma-related disorders and dissociation
- Hypnosis in sport: cases, techniques and issues
- Clinical hypnosis: the empirical evidence
- Making a contribution to the clinical literature: time-series designs
- Hypnosis in the courts
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Discussion on dissociation theories of hypnosis has always faced an unpromising enigma over the exact meaning of the word ‘dissociation’ in the context of hypnosis. Hilgard (1977), who appropriated the term ‘dissociation’ from Janet (1901), called his theory of hypnosis ‘neodissociation theory’ to distinguish it from some of Janet's ideas, such as the concept that people who show dissociation have a particular form of mental deficit or biologically based weak-mindedness. This article reviews how Hilgard's concept of dissociation evolved as it appeared to mean several quite different things. Due to vagueness and inconsistencies, dissociation theories of hypnosis have been open to fairly strong lines of criticism. Aiming for the greatest possible clarity about the particular meaning of the concept of ‘disassociation’, this article argues that certain ideas that may be grouped under the term ‘dissociation’ hold great promise in understanding hypnosis.
Erik Z. Woody, PhD, University of Waterloo
Pamela Sadler, PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo, email@example.com
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