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Hypnosis, Clinical, Social, and Theatrical Uses Book

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Hypnosis, Clinical, Social, and Theatrical Uses Book

By E.R. Hutchison, MA

It surprises many to know that hypnosis has been accepted by the AMA and is today being studied at major universities around the world.  This important new book summarizes what is known about the practical applications of this ancient technique.  While written primarily for therapists, the non-technical nature of the book makes it must reading for anyone with a serious interest in this subject.  Topics covered in this hard-cover 187-page book include:


This book is based upon the author's experience in more than 20,000 hypnotic inductions.  It teaches simple, but effective means of inducing the hypnotic trance and shows how to use this powerful technique to bring about therapeutic change.

Whether you are interested in hypnosis for entertainment purposes or as an aid to psychotherapy, this book answers every question about this fascinating subject.  You will learn how to bring about the trance state, how to deepen it, what phenomena can be elicited during the session, and what behavioral and therapeutic changes can be brought about.

Details: Hypnosis, Clinical, Social, and Theatrical Uses 

187 pages, hardbound, size 6 1/4" by 9 1/4".

An Excerpt From The Book

More than 20,000 times I have led, or gently pushed, someone into that pleasant and relaxing state that we call hypnosis. 

These people have sought me out, paid my fee, and, with varying degrees of trepidation, have embarked upon this adventure in hopes that it would prove a life-changing experience. Very few of them have expressed any real interest in the theoretical nature of hypnosis. They have been much more concerned with its benefits than with its definition. Like every sufferer, they have cared more for a cure than for an understanding.

It is probably just as well that most clients are not too curious about the underlying theory of hypnosis, for, in truth, there is much about it that science does not yet comprehend. It is only over the last 30 years or so that hypnosis has been the subject of much scientific attention and analysis. But despite these recent efforts at interpreting this phenomenon, no single theory has as yet gained wide acceptance as an explanation of hypnotic realities.

I say this without any real apology, for the same thing could be said of any number of other useful things. There is very little agreement, for example, on the precise nature of electricity, but this lack of exactness does not obligate us to sit in the dark. For a long time, there was no understanding of the mechanism by which aspirin lowers fever. That it does, is obvious, but the method remained elusive. Should we then have refused to give this mysterious pill to those with a fever until we understood it better? If we are unwilling to use things until we have a perfect understanding of them, we shall use a few things.

As a therapist, I have tried to be responsive to the needs of my clients. Therefore the nature of my calling has been that of a practitioner, not a philosopher. I believe myself skilled in the practical uses of hypnosis, but freely admit that I can add very little to the debates concerning its epistemology or theoretical nature. These issues have been the focus of many academic discussions, but they have few implications for the therapist. What follows, then, is the distillation of what I have learned about the practical and therapeutic uses of hypnosis.

Hopefully, this book will satisfy the need that I feel exists for an informed, but non-academic and non-encyclopedic, study of hypnosis. While it is primarily addressed to psychotherapists who wish to include hypnosis in their arsenal of therapeutic techniques, I will be very disappointed if this book does not also give other serious readers some insight into the vast, and largely untapped, the potential of hypnosis.

The above is modified from the Introduction to "Hypnosis: Clinical, Social, and Theatrical Uses," written by E.R. Hutchison.  Mr. Hutchison is a psychotherapist, professor, and writer. He has earned three degrees from Syracuse University and is a former Regents Scholar.  :


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Edward Hutchison is a psychotherapist, professor, and writer.  He is a former Regent's Scholar and has earned three degrees from Syracuse University where he has taught hypnosis. Mr. Hutchison has twice been elected to the local Legislature in New York.  He has written and lectured widely on the subjects of hypnosis and mentalism.

Q&A About Hypnosis

These answers have been prepared by E. R. Hutchison.  Mr. Hutchison has been a psychotherapist in private practice for over 30 years.  He is a former Regent's Scholar who has earned three degrees from Syracuse University and has taught hypnosis and psychology there and at two other colleges.

WHY BE HYPNOTIZED?  To stop smoking, to lose weight, to reduce tension, or for a number of other programs of personal improvement.

WHO CAN BE HYPNOTIZED?  Very young children and people with substantial brain damage are a challenge, but almost everyone else can be readily hypnotized.
CAN I BE MADE TO DO SOMETHING AGAINST MY WILL?  No.  A person will not accept any suggestion that they find disagreeable.  The subject remains in complete control and will not do or say anything that they would not be comfortable within the non-hypnotic state.  It should be recalled that, of course, the purpose of therapeutic hypnosis is to give people the beneficial suggestions that they need and desire.
WILL I KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING?  Yes.  Even in the deepest stages of hypnosis, the subject is conscious and aware.  The mind remains alert and the person hears every word.  Because the individual is always awake, and because the state is so little different from any other period of relaxation, many subjects wonder if they have been hypnotized.  Fortunately, one need not feel hypnotized to be or to benefit.
ARE THERE ANY DANGERS WITH HYPNOSIS?  No.  You incur no risk, mental or physical, from hypnotherapy.  The only "danger" is the danger that the individual does not benefit from the therapy.
DOES HYPNOSIS HAVE MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC ACCEPTANCE? Yes.  A policy statement of the American Medical Association (AMA) long ago recognized hypnosis as a safe and effective treatment modality for a wide range of medical, dental, and behavioral problems.  Hypnosis is being researched and taught at major medical facilities throughout the world and increasing numbers of physicians, dentists, psychologists, and counselors now employ its techniques.
MUST YOU BELIEVE IN HYPNOSIS FOR IT TO BE EFFECTIVE?  No.  Suggestive therapy is based upon scientific principles that work whether or not we believe in them.  As an example, if you have a fever an aspirin is very likely to reduce your temperature.  This reduction occurs whether or not you have heard of aspirin, believe in aspirin, or taste the aspirin.  No medication, of course, will do you any good in the bottle--you do have to take it.  In the same way, you must be willing to be hypnotized and willing for the suggestions to take effect.  But there are no other prerequisites.
HOW MANY THERAPY SESSIONS ARE NEEDED?  This depends upon the individual and the nature of his or her problem.  One of the great virtues of hypnosis is that it is a brief therapy.  Most smokers, for example, are able to stop smoking after just a single session.  When people have other problems, such as over-eating, stress, or pain, the approach is usually somewhat different.  While these individuals will ordinarily begin to respond following the initial session, they are seen several more times over a period of a few weeks with the objective of instructing them in techniques of self-hypnosis.  Once acquired, this ability ends the need for continuing sessions of regular therapy.


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