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Hypnosis. What is Hypnosis?. Agreement: - A deep state of relaxation where an individual is more susceptible to suggestions and direction. Disagreement about cause/effect of hypnosis: (1) “altered state of consciousness” (2) “role-playing and hyper-suggestibility”

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what is hypnosis
What is Hypnosis?

Agreement:

- A deep state of relaxation where an individual is more susceptible to suggestions and direction.

Disagreement about cause/effect of hypnosis:

(1) “altered state of consciousness”

(2) “role-playing and hyper-suggestibility”

Disagreement about how to induce hypnosis:

- Relaxation? Focusing on an object?

- Can anyone become an amateur hypnotist?

Agree about who can be hypnotized:

- Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scales

- Stable across life? Related to personality traits?

who uses hypnosis
Who uses Hypnosis?

Therapist

- Enhance or uncover memories

- Age regression

Law Enforcement

- Enhance memories of crimes

Entertainers

- Entertain an audience

You!

- “zoning out”

- Self-hypnosis

research about hypnosis
Research about Hypnosis?
  • Therapist

- Enhance or uncover memories

    • Age regression
  • Law Enforcement
    • Enhance memories of crimes
  • Entertainers
    • Entertain an audience
  • You!

- “zoning out”

- Self-hypnosis

- No differences between conditions

  • No differences between conditions
  • No differences between conditions
  • Testimonials, not reliable

- Decide for yourself

- Decide for yourself

hypnosis for pain management
Hypnosis for pain management?
  • Effectively alleviates pain from chronic conditions
  • Effectively alleviates acute pain
  • Degree of relief sometimes exceeds morphine