This notion exists in a number of forms. Several commentators have suggested (e.g., Miller, 1979; Terman, 1980) that by focusing hypnotically on emotionally laden aspects of the individual's life, further disintegration of the ego may occur. Hypnosis has also been described as precipitating a more rapid development of 'transference' distortions which may result in the patient being over-reactive to specific therapy issues (Burrows, 1980). These issues appear to be related to the psychodynamic model of therapy which defines them rather than to hypnosis as a technique and there is no objective evidence to suggest that these are significant issues when the therapist is an experienced clinician.
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HYPNOTISM is by no means a new art. True, it has been developed into a science in comparatively recent years. But the principles of thought control have been used for thousands of years in India, ancient Egypt, among the Persians, Chinese and in many other ancient lands. Miracles of healing by the spoken word and laying on of hands are recorded in many early writings.