Clinical hypnosis: the empirical evidence

Mark Moore and Anthony F. Tasso

in The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Clinical hypnosis: the empirical evidence

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At present, clinical research has little or no influence on clinical practice. This state of affairs should be particularly distressing to a discipline whose goal over the past thirty years has been to produce professionals who would integrate the methods of science with clinical practice to produce new knowledge. Clinical hypnosis, as both art and science, was the tragic victim of the willful blindness of the mesmerists and the myopic vision of the Royal Commission for over 150 years, as hypnosis was summarily dismissed from the realm of worthy scientific investigation. In drawing an analogy to the elegant work of the Royal Commission (Franklin et al., 1785) on mesmerism, this article acknowledges the continuing controversies that rack the field of outcome research in psychology. It examines what constitutes the current empirical approach to evaluating psychotherapy and considers examples of how this approach has been applied to clinical hypnosis.

Keywords: clinical practice; mesmerists; mesmerism; scientific investigation; Royal Commission

Article.  20536 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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