This book by seasoned practitioners of clinical hypnosis should be welcomed by all who are already using hypnosis in their clinical practice, as well as by graduate students. Their searches for and summarizations of the variety of methods available have been thorough, and the voice of experience shows in their recommendations for practice. For those not entirely familiar with the possibilities offered by hypnosis, the many detailed accounts of what actually is done will serve as an invitation to obtain training in the use of hypnosis. Indeed, the experiences reported here will provide a head start on accumulating the kinds of hands-on knowledge that otherwise would require years of practice with patients in all their variety.
Scientific hypnosis has made great advances particularly since World War II, both as part of basic psychological science concerned with the understanding of brain, mind, and personality and as a professional skill in which knowledge of hypnosis is used to serve human welfare by enhancing the quality of life for those who have the good fortune to benefit from hypnotherapy and the related practice of hypnoanalysis.
The reader is brought abreast of these developments through the arrangement of the chapters into two sections of the book, with the first four chapters explaining the basics of hypnosis as an altered state of consciousness interpreted theoretically from several points of view. The exposition moves ahead to the therapeutic relationship in the first chapter, but returns then in the next chapters of this first section to treat such basic issues as the depth of hypnosis and the alterations within hypnosis as perceived by the hypnotized person. The next two chapters deal with the
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Publication information: Book title: Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis. Contributors: Daniel P. Brown - Author, Erika Fromm - Author. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Hillsdale, NJ. Publication year: 1986. Page number: xiii.
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