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