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The importance of highlighting the role of the self in hypnotherapy and hypnosis.

Eason, A. D and Parris, B. A, 2024. The importance of highlighting the role of the self in hypnotherapy and hypnosis. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 54, 101810.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2023.101810


The role of the patient in hypnotherapy can be underestimated by both the therapist and the patient. This is likely due to the focus the hypnosis literature has had on the role played by the hypnotist/therapist and less on the phenomenological control (control over subjective experience) applied by the patient. Whilst early approaches to hypnosis and hypnotherapy included concepts such as autosuggestion and self-hypnosis, the role of the self has been largely overlooked. Here we aim to highlight the importance of the self in hypnotherapy and hypnosis by considering the concept of self-hypnosis and how it relates to hetero-hypnosis. We will show that: 1) historically the self was an important component of the concept of hypnosis; 2) extant theories emphasise the role of the self in hypnosis; 3) self-hypnosis is largely indistinguishable from hetero-hypnosis; 4) self-hypnosis is as effective as hetero-hypnosis. We also argue that highlighting the role of the self in hypnotherapy and hypnosis could increase feelings of self-efficacy, especially given that it can be considered a skill that can be advanced and implies self-control and not "mind-control". Highlighting the role of phenomenological control by the patient could also increase the uptake of hypnotherapy as treatment for various disorders.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hypnosis; Hypnosis theory; Hypnotherapy; Self-hypnosis
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:39265
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:13 Dec 2023 13:03
Last Modified:13 Dec 2023 13:03


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