Introduction: a roadmap for explanation, a working definition

Amanda J. Barnier and Michael R. Nash

in The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780198570097
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Introduction: a roadmap for explanation, a working definition

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This article provides an overall picture of the concept of hypnosis. Apart from providing a hands-on tool for those who work in the field, the book also aims to correct the common assumptions about hypnosis that a hypnotized person is like a robot, that hypnosis is like being asleep, and that hypnotism can make a person do things he or she wouldn't ordinarily do. While giving a clear explanation of the theoretical perceptions of the discipline, it also narrates the present status of the subject and the complexity of it in clinical implementation. This article proves that hypnosis as a discipline has, in the twenty-first century, developed as both a fascinating topic for scientific research and an effective technique for clinical application. As a whole, it is aimed at stimulating a wave of new research and transforming the field of hypnosis in initially modest, but important ways.

Keywords: hypnosis; clinical hypnosis; cognitive theories; automatism; American Psychological Association

Article.  11584 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Research Methods in Psychology

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