- 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
This article is aimed at those who are unfamiliar with the technical aspects of clinical hypnosis and its procedures. In introducing the practitioner to the techniques of hypnotic induction and clinical hypnosis in general, it must be emphasized that the pre-eminent factor determining how fully patient experiences hypnosis has almost nothing to do with therapist technique or any other therapist-related factor for that matter. One becomes a better clinical hypnotist by sharpening and refining ones clinical skills in general, and applying those general clinical skills to the environment of hypnosis. There are certain parameters and techniques specific to hypnosis and suggestion that constitute a helpful body of knowledge for clinicians wishing to employ hypnosis. This article describes the pre-hypnosis interview. Apart from explaining in detail the six phases of hypnotic procedure, it also gives an example of how to instruct patients in self-hypnosis.
Michael R. Nash, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee.
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