Toward a Relational Theory of Hypnosis
Department of Family Therapy
American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Despite ongoing efforts by clinicians, researchers, and theorists to resolve fundamental disagreements about what hypnosis is and how it works, a diversity of theories and approaches remains. For example, experts still disagree about whether hypnosis constitutes a special or altered state, whether hypnotizability is best conceived of as a stable trait, and whether the clinical application of hypnosis is appropriately conceptualized as hypnotherapy. Drawing on the ideas of Gregory Bateson, Daniel Siegel, and others, the author articulates a relational characterization of mind and self as a vantage from which to reexamine common assumptions about hypnosis and to reconsider several questions still animating the field.
Flemons, D. G. (2020). Toward a Relational Theory of Hypnosis. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 62 (4), 344-363. https://doi.org/10.1080/00029157.2019.1666700