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Generations and landscapes of hypnosis: questions we've asked, questions we should ask

Kevin M. McConkey

in The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780198570097
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198570097.013.0003

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Generations and landscapes of hypnosis: questions we've asked, questions we should ask

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This article sets out the key issues, activities, and directions for experimental and clinical hypnosis in the context of the definitions in fresh ways by researchers and practitioners in the twenty-first century. It explores some of the reasons why the field of hypnosis has evolved in modern times in the way that it has, and it considers when and why particular questions have been asked about hypnosis to generate its theoretical and empirical knowledge base. People and places have influenced the questions that have been asked about hypnosis and the way they have been answered at particular times. Furthermore this article survey the landscape of the hypnosis field, and suggest some of the next generation of questions that need to be asked as well as some of the methods that should be used. It also point to some yardsticks for the next generation of theoretical and empirical contributions to the field.

Keywords: essence of hypnosis; John Kihlstrom; theoretical knowledge; experimental hypnosis; Australian tradition

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Subjects: Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology

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