The author aims to help athletes learn to sharpen their mental focus, relax ther bodies, visualize successful performance, think positively, and control their emotions during training or when facing important competitions. The book covers all these psychological skills and more.
Once thought pure entertainment akin to magic acts, hypnosis is now a growing field being practiced by psychologists, psychiatrists, and medical doctors. Across all ages—from children to adults and the elderly—patients are finding professional, therapeutic hypnosis can help them recover from mental maladies ranging from addiction to depression and psychosis, and from physical illnesses from chronic pain to obesity and skin disorders. Studies show hypnosis can even speed healing from broken bones, burns, and surgery. These unprecedented volumes, including some of the best-known experts in the field hailing from Harvard, Stanford and other top universities, cover the newest research and practice in this intriguing arena. Edited by a psychologist at Harvard Medical School, this set explains developments in hypnosis, from its colorful if misguided inception with Anton Mesmer, across clinical techniques developed for health care in the 20th century, to emerging research showing new potential applications to aide mental and physical health. Chapters also highlight what psychologists, neurologists, physicians, and scientists have discovered about how personality, cognition, and brain functions affect, and are affected by, hypnosis. An appendix explains how to tell the difference between an entertainer or charlatan and a practitioner who is trained, credentialed, and practicing research-backed hypnosis. Universities with hypnotherapy programs and courses are also included.
Since the time of Mesmer, in the late eighteenth century, spectacular feats of hypnosis have been documented by respected scientific researchers, yet hypnosis has remained divorced from the main body of science. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Eugene Bliss shows that the hypnotic capability of the mind is important to the theory and practice of psychiatry, and suggests that it deserves much more attention and research. In Multiple Personality, Allied Disorders and Hypnosis, Bliss explores both the nature of multiple personality and hypnosis, and discusses how an understanding of the latter can provide insight into the nature of certain psychiatric disorders. For instance, he views multiple personality as a form of self-hypnosis, an instance of learned schizophrenia rather than an organic disorder, as is generally thought. He outlines the trace elements involved in multiple personality and other psychiatric disorders, provides a fascinating history of the origins and current ideas about hypnosis, and gives a detailed account of the use of hypnosis in the treatment of multiple personality. Based on thirty years of clinical experience, and filled with insightful personal observations, Multiple Personality, Allied Disorders and Hypnosis is an informative, fascinating book for psychiatrists, psychologists, and anyone intrigued by hypnosis and its possible beneficial use.
This thorough revision of the fi rst edition, updates andexpands, with 25 percent new material, what was generallyrecognized as a major survey of contemporary scientificresearch in hypnosis. In this edition, also a classic, the editorsinclude three new essays in modern hypnosis studies.They also provide a new conceptual framework--cognitive,ego-psychological, and phenomenological--withwhich to examine hypnosis. This edition is divided into six sections--Th eoreticaland Historical Perspectives, New Th eories, Surveys ofBroad Areas, Lines of Individual Research, IndividualResearches within Specifi c Areas, and Anticipations forFuture Research. The entire book was completely revisedin the light of additional research since publication of theoriginal edition. Thirteen of the twenty chapters in the firstedition were updated by their authors, six so extensivelythat they amount to new chapters, with changes in titleand order of authors in the case of coauthored chapters. Hypnosis: Developments in Research and New Perspectivesis intended for researchers in hypnosis and clinicalpractitioners in medicine and psychology. The focus, asindicated by the changed subtitle, is on developmentssince publication of the original editions: empirical studies,experiments with physiological indicators of hypnosis,and theoretical uses associated with use of hypnosis as aresearch tool. Altogether, this second edition is a valuableoverall guide to an intriguing topic. Erika Fromm (1909-2003) was professoremeritus of psychology at the University ofChicago; she was president of the AmericanBoard of Psychological Hypnosis, andthe clinical editor of the InternationalJournal of Clinical and ExperimentalHypnosis and associate editor of The Bulletinof the British Society of Experimentaland Clinical Hypnosis. She was also pastpresident of the American PsychologicalAssociation psychological hypnosis division, Society for Clinicaland Experimental Hypnosis, and American Board of PsychologicalHypnosis. Ronald E. Shor was professor of psychologyat the University of New Hampshire and vice-chairman of theEducation and Research Foundation of the American Societyof Clinical Hypnosis.
Although research and practice in hypnosis has seen unprecedented expansion, there has been a definite lack of inclusive and comprehensive surveys to aid the student and researcher. This collection of original chapters written by leading experimental investigators is the first work to offer a current state-of-the-art in hypnosis research. A compendium of the historical background, theories, issues, and trends in hypnosis, this volume represents all major experimental viewpoints while providing a virtual ""who's who"" in the field of hypnosis.The first two chapters (written by the editors) establish the current theoretical base of the field and review the historical background. Seventeen contributions focus directly on key aspects of present day hypnosis research. These contributions are organized as surveys of broad topic areas, descriptions in depth of individual investigator's programmatic lines of research, and reports on research within specific areas, especially those representing new viewpoints and holding promise for programmatic development. A final chapter develops questions for future research.Offering an inclusive survey of the field from its historical inceptions to its current and predictive state, this book presents many new ideas while updating established positions in research and theory. The vital areas covered in connection with hypnosis include: psychophysiology, creativity, dreams, imagination, suggestibility, simulator controls, cognitive activity, and ego-psychological theory. In addition there are chapters on hypnosis as a research method, the measurement of altered states of consciousness, and hypnotic programming techniques in psychological experiments. Hypnosis: Research Developments and Perspectives is written for researchers in hypnosis and clinical practitioners in medicine and psychology. The book will serve as a basic text in all courses in hypnosis at the graduate level.
With an online accompaniment of audio tracks providing self-hypnosis aids, Idiot's Guides: Self-Hypnosis provides easy-to-follow steps to hypnotize oneself to cure stress, anxiety, self-doubt, addictions and bad behaviors, and improve one's motivation. An exploration of past-life regression is also included. In addition to the how-to tutorial covering every aspect of self-hypnosis, the book provides sample scripts to make self-hypnosis as easy as it gets.
The use of hypnosis in surgery and anesthesia does not seem to have any influence on operative mortality. However, hypnosis and hypnotic techniques teach patients a way to alter their body's reaction to the insult of surgery and all the poisons used to create unconsciousness. The use of hypnosis alters the psychological state of the patient which, in turn, influences the psychological reaction to the insult. This book describes in detail how to teach patients, in just a few minutes, what they can do to accomplish this. It also provides the vast amount of research that has been done to document these physiological changes that seem to be the result of the use of hypnosis. The author and her contributors have made it their goal to alleviate, prevent, and control both pain and suffering. They use hypnosis as an integral part of this effort and describe how it enhances all aspects of pain control. There are chapters on hypnosis as the sole anesthetic, as an adjunct to chemical anesthesia, and in conjunction with regional anesthesia. Additional topics include hypnosis in the intensive care unit and in the emergency room and hypnosis in obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatric surgery. The book concludes with several case studies from physician-patients. This excellent resource is intended to stimulate physicians to explore the vast capabilities of the human mind, when it is working together with the body, and with the help of unconsciousness, to accept hypnotic suggestion.