CAHSS Faculty Articles

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.

DOI

10.1080/00029157.2019.1666700

Peer Reviewed

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