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Overview

While used abundantly in clinical work, self-hypnosis has been somewhat neglected as a subject of systematic study. An outstanding exception to this trend has been the work of Erika Fromm and her colleagues at the University of Chicago, who have for the last two decades extended the theoretical and empirical base of this technique. Now, key publications of this research group are compiled in one volume along with much new material by these authors, providing a full perspective on the development of their methods and theories. As such, Self-Hypnosis is the first systematic, empirically oriented exploration of the phenomena and characteristics of self-initiated self-hypnosis. Moreover, its examination of self-hypnosis, taking the experiential rather than the behavioral approach, yields a more complete study of the aspects of the self that can unfold during hypnosis.

In the early 1970s, Fromm and her colleagues set out to answer several intriguing questions about self-hypnosis: What are the boundaries of the self-hypnosis experience? How does self-hypnosis compare with traditional hypnotist-present hypnosis? Can self-hypnosis be taught following the guidelines of traditional hypnosis? What type of individual is more susceptible to or skilled in self-hypnosis? This volume presents the methods and results of this group's work, an approach that has come to be known as the Chicago paradigm.

Introductory chapters establish the theoretical framework utilized. They provide an overview of the literature; review the methods, procedures, qualitative samples, quantitative data, and clinical applications; and evaluate pilot study results on the phenomenological similarities anddifferences of self-hypnosis and heterohypnosis.

At the core of Self-Hypnosis is its presentation of key empirical research involving two separate areas. First is the analysis of extensive questionnaires that compare self-hypnosis and heterohypnosis and examine self-hypnosis proper as well as the unfolding of self-hypnosis over time. Second is an examination of cognitive processes, self-hypnosis, and their relationship to personality. These processes include the modes of ego in self-hypnosis, the role of imagery, and the process of absorption. Clinical implications and applications are considered, as are therapist-patient factors that contribute to successful self-hypnosis.

A major contribution to the scientific study of self-initiated self-hypnosis, Self-Hypnosis: The Chicago Paradigm is essential reading for all researchers and theoreticians in the field of hypnosis and in phenomenological psychology. In addition, it will be of enormous value to those psychologists, physicians, and dentists seeking to more effectively utilize self-hypnosis in clinical practice.
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Meet the Author

A Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and the Clinical Editor of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Erika Fromm is Past President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis, and the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychological Hypnosis. Her scientific honors include the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Awards for the Best Book on Hypnosis and the Best Clinical Paper, the American Psychological Association (Division of Psychoanalysis) 1985 award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychoanalysis, and an honorary membership bestowed by the Netherlands Society of Hypnosis. She has authored more than 90 scientific papers and has coauthored or edited six books, among them the classic text on experimental hypnosis, HYPNOSIS: Developments in Research and New Perspectives, HYPNOTHERAPY AND HYPNOANALYSIS, and SELF-HYPNOSIS: The Chicago Paradigm..

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Table of Contents


I. INTRODUCTION AND THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK.
1. Review of the Literature.
2. The University of Chicago Research on Self-Hypnosis.
3. The Pilot Studies on Self-Hypnosis: Results and Speculations.
II. EMPIRICAL RESEARCH.
4. Self-Hypnosis versus Heterohypnosis, and Self-Hypnosis over Time: Comparative and Longitudinal Research.
5. Aspects of Self-Hypnosis Proper.
6. Structural and Content Characteristics of Self-Hypnosis.
7. The Analysis of the Self-Hypnosis Journals: Introduction.
8. Representations of Self-Hypnosis in Personal narratives.
9. The Modes of the Ego in Self-Hypnosis.
10. The Role of Imagery in Self-Hypnosis: Its Relationship to Personality Characteristics and Gender.
11. The Relation of Self-Reports of Hypnotic Depth in Self-Hypnosis to Hypnotizability and Imagery Production.
12. Self-Hypnotic Absorption and Personality.
13. Overview: The Relationship of Structural, Content, and Personality Variables in Self-Hypnosis.
III. CLINICAL APPLICATION.
14. Self-Hypnosis as a Therapeutic Aid in the Mourning Process.
15. The Clinical Use of Self-Hypnosis in Hypnotherapy: Tapping the Functions of Imagery and Adaptive Regression.
IV. CONCLUSIONS.
16. Implications for Treatment.
17. Summary and Thoughts for Future Research.
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