CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Toward a Relational Theory of Hypnosis

Department

Department of Family Therapy

Publication Date

3-27-2020

Publication Title

American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

ISSN

2160-0562

Volume

62

Issue/No.

4

First Page

344

Last Page

363

Abstract

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.

Comments

Flemons draws on the ideas of Gregory Bateson, Daniel Siegel, and others, and 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 is the Co-Director of the NSU Office of Suicide and Violence Prevention. His research and teaching interests include suicide assessment, hypnosis and therapy, writing, and psychotherapy.

DOI

10.1080/00029157.2019.1666700

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