Case Of Mr Vincent C

Vincent C, age sixty-five, sought help, explaining that he had lost his wife the previous August. He felt very much lost and alone, though he was living with his son, a bachelor. He explained further that he had been suffering from insomnia for the last fifteen years. He had been taking barbiturates. Gradually, over the years, his dosage had increased. The death of his wife had stepped up his nightly dosage from twelve to fifteen grams of sodium amytal he had just visited his family...

Practical orientation to psychiatric problems

One never really reaches into the mind of a patient and says, This is the problem. Actually one never quite knows what the problem is until it has finally been corrected. One factor may be part of the problem. Another may be in some way related to the problem. Too much has been written lately about the need for the unconscious to be made conscious. Many a patient prefers to get well without consciously knowing the reasons why, One of the purposes hypnosis and hypnotherapy should accomplish is...

Case Of Mary Ann L

When the young girl, Mary Ann L., was brought in for consultation, her parents complained that she wet the bed 365 nights per year. For the initial three weeks of her therapy, she was asked to bring in a report, not on how wet her bed was, but on what percentage of her bed was dry. Some nights one corner was dry some nights the bed was one-third dry at other times, it was half dry. At the end of the three-week period, the girl who had previously wet her bed seven nights per week was now wetting...

Doctor S demonstrating

The best way to help is to help oneself, isn't it Doing fine, Bill Doing very, very fine Now you are far enough advanced to where it really doesn't make any difference whether your hand continues to your face or drops back to your lap. When your hand touches your face, you can be in a deep hypnosis, or when your hand touches your trousers leg, you can be in a deep hypnotic state. Most people like to complete the levitation by raising the hand to the face and allowing it to go back to the lap as...

Doctor H demonstrating

Another hypnotic technique is that of autohypnosis. This form of hypnosis can actually be divided into two different types. It may be produced either as an originally self-induced state. Or it can be more readily and easily induced as a posthypnotic suggestion following heterohypnosis. In the self-induced state, one must be willing to allow the unconscious to rule. One cannot decide in advance that a certain task is to be performed within a designated period. This makes the situation a...

Doctor C demonstrating

Actually, you have probably been in a deep state of hypnosis many times in your life. . . . I have in mind trying a variety of testing techniques here. I would like to have you watch my thumb and index finger and, as they go together, you may or may not find yourself drifting off into a very deep, relaxed state. . . . It may turn out that yon are feeling very relaxed you feel extremely contented. . , . (Reversal of technique when patient displays resistance.) Or you may find that things become...

Doctor

I am going to show you a method for controlling your gagging. So that this method may be successful, you will have to prove to yourself that you cannot hold your breath and gag at the same time. The first step is to be able to recognize when you are no longer holding your breath. Take a deep breath and hold it. Make your abdominal muscles as tight as you can. Feel the tensions in your chest. The moment you begin to feel the least bit of easing in your chest of your abdominal muscles, you are...

Answer

It makes no difference which one you select. By including the other, you can produce a trance state in both. This is on indirect method that I was trying to demonstrate. You hypnotize the mother without her knowing that you're going to induce a trance state in her. It would be very difficult for a psychiatrist or a general practitioner to tell the mother, Now look, I understand that you have a problem with this child, but it's not his fault. It's your fault. You're the one who needs the...

Areas of usefulness

The use of hypnosis in general medicine can be put together and classified under the systems. Under the respiratory system we might treat colds, asthma, hay fever, and the like. The gastrointestinal system will include ulcers, hyperacidity, constipation, plain old-fashioned bellyaches, heartburn, perhaps gall bladder diseases, and ailments of that nature Under the genitourinary system, such problems as enuresis, impotency, and premature ejaculation would be included, along with others discussed...

Case Of Amelia L

Amelia L. came into the office recently to state that she had decided to have a painful menstrual period. She could not figure out any other way of escaping from the surgeon's office where she worked as an assistant. She did not want to be there on a certain day when the surgeon had a series of operations scheduled. She decided to have painful menstruation to get out of a lot of work that she didn't want to do. That was her choice. She deliberately chose painful menstruation, a pattern with...

Case Of Anna Y

She wanted to learn autohypnosis and she trade inquiry about it. Since she was a good hypnotic subject, she was told that she would probably be able to learn. It was pointed out, however, that it should not be a conscious determined thing. Anna therefore decided that some day she did not know just when but some day when it was convenient, she would go into an autohypnotic trance. In that autohypnotic trance, she would do something that was interesting. She did...

Case Of Arnold M

Arnold M reported that his dog had been run over when he was a little boy. It sounded like a perfectly reliable memory. But on the movie screen, what did he really see He saw the dog dead and the deputy sheriff standing there with a smoking revolver. The deputy sheriff had shot his dog. At the time, the patient wished that the dog had been run over that would have been an accident instead of a deliberate and to him senseless execution. His wish colored his subsequent conscious memory on the...

Case Of Bobby G

Six-year-old thumb-sucking Bobby G was asked, What would really happen to you if you stood there in the corner and didn't suck your thumb while the clock moves from here clear down to there The clock hand moves awfully slow that's an awfully long time but what would happen if you waited while the hand moved from here to there and you just stood in the corner without sticking your thumb I wonder what would happen. I wonder if you wonder what would happen. He stood there and watched that minute...

Case Of Margaret E

Margaret E, a hysterically paralyzed girl, was asked during a deep trance why she no longer walked. In answer, she merely set her jaw. She had been approached directly and most indirectly. The girl's reaction to the very indirect approach was, He is probably getting at something. I can't see how but I know he is getting at something. She was therefore usually allowed to think that the indirect approach was on some irrelevant matter. Frequently, when she was sitting in her wheelchair, the...

Case Of Miss Amelia L

Miss L walked into her psychiatrist's office with a badly swollen jaw. Her statement was, I have just come from the dentist's. He shot my jaw full of stuff then he let me drive home. By the time I got this far, I found I was pretty wobbly, so I decided to stop in and see you and have yon put me in a trance, because I've got to get home. I haves five-mile trip to make in the car and I must get home soon. I want to go into a trance and I want the anesthesia to continue a few days, a week, or a...

Case Of Miss Elizabeth R

It is important to utilize one's knowledge of the personality of the patient in the treatment of ulcers. Miss Elizabeth R, a nurse, who sought help, was an individual who dominated everyone and everything. She was finally forced to drop out of the field of nursing because no doctor could work with her. She insisted upon dictating to the doctor absolutely. Miss R came in with the report that she had a half-inch crater in her stomach wall. X-rays confirmed her statement. She demanded that she be...

Case Of Mrs Dorothy P

A medical student brought his wife in with the request that she be taught to go into a trance for hypnotic delivery. She demanded that her husband be present. She wanted to be in rapport with him. She also brought in a former classmate of hers, a female medical student with whom she also wished to be in rapport. When she was put into trance, she found herself in rapport with her classmate, out of rapport with her husband, and in rapport with the hypnotist. It was only consciously that she...

Case Of Patricia M

A dentist recently reported the following about a patient of his Patricia, a girl in her twenties, came to his office. She hadn't had any dental work for many years because of an upsetting childhood experience. A dentist had then slapped her face for crying until he stopped her. She subsequently developed a fear of all dentists. Because of recent dental difficulties, she was compelled now to come in for treatment, As soon as she sat down in the dental chair, she started shaking and shuddering,...

Case Of Professor R

Professor H, a specialist in art, was brought by a hypnotist to a state hospital to lecture to the staff psychiatrists. They wanted hypnosis demonstrated. The professor gave an excellent lecture on the utilization of art in the occupational therapy of psychotic patients. The audience was fascinated. After the lecture, Professor H was aroused so that the staff could realize that he had been in a trance, had lectured to them, illustrated his lecture with a chalk talk, and discussed composition of...

Case Of Rickie M

As part of the usual procedure in treating one eleven-year old boy, everyone was excluded from the situation except two professional associates. Some time later the mother, who had accompanied the patient to the office, said, Doctor, I'm going to criticize you a little bit and I hope you won't feel offended, but I don't think it was nice of you at all to exclude me from the situation. She was asked what she meant and she said, Well, you just told Rickie that only a dentist or a physician would...

Disadvantages of hypnosis

A primary disadvantage is the lack of training in hospital personnel. The patient enters the labor room and hears a woman across the hall or in the next room or even in the next bed crying out with pain. This upsets her and tends to break down her hypnoanesthesia. Similarly, a nurse or intern coming in to ask How are your pains may bring back to her the idea of pain. This argument actually need not be considered too seriously. A patient who has been properly trained in the doctor's office, will...

Doctor C to subject

You can go deeper and deeper moment by moment, enjoying the experience, comprehending it, becoming accustomed to it. It's entirely your choice what you wish to do with this trance, whether to relax, to remember things, forget things, think of things, or to wonder about any number of things. . . . Now, Doctor, for a few minutes I will exchange comments with the audience, leaving you free to carry on your own line of thought, but also to record for your future reference anything that was...

Doctor S to subject

Here comes that ice pick in that left hand and you just don't like it. But the right hand, the harder I push, the more numb it can get. You feel pressure but no discomfort. The harder I push, the number it can get go deeper and deeper relaxed. Obviously there is a difference in the response, because that left one is sensitive, but with the right hand, the harder I push, the more numb it gets. You made a very, very good patient, Doctor. You can keep that numbness...

Erickson

You can keep right on relaxing, going deeper and deeper into the trance, and all the time you do, you are learning to understand with your unconscious mind and you're learning to understand also with your conscious mind. You can all learn from this experience and carry it into the practice sessions. You can also do this in your own offices, where you can learn by yourselves through your own efforts. Now I want time to seem infinitely long, infinitely l-o-n-g, and then slowly and gradually I...

Erickson to audience

I had her do that to emphasize the point of time distortion. It is a very real subjective phenomenon. They do see the movie from beginning to end. In a recent demonstration, I gave a subject fifteen extra seconds. And she saw four or five extra cartoons. The speed of thought is extremely rapid and there is no motor behavior to slow up the subjective experience. Now she has done automatic writing she's shown time distortion she's uncovered memories, and she's demonstrated the capacity of the...

Erickson to subject

What is your husband's profession He's a physician, a general surgeon. Would you like to have an experience that can be of value to him There's something I'm going to ask you to do, Jane. Do you see that chair right there I want you to watch that chair. Shortly you're going to see, down in front of that chair, some red open-toed shoes, with a white cross over the top. They're open-toed, they're high heeled, there's a strap that fits around the heel. I want you to see those shoes....

For The Patient In reducing patient apprehension

The person whose dental office behavior is not what one would like it to be frequently reacts as he does because of the apprehensions he has about treatment. Even the patient who appears stoic usually has some manner of demonstrating his fears apart from actual flinching front treatment. Many dentists have begun to discontinue placing a cup of water at the side of the patient. The tendency, in so many patients, is to spend an inordinate amount of time in rinsing. Such patients are not wasting...

General therapeutic approaches

Several general types of therapy can be used by the general practitioner in medicine. First are symptom-removal techniques. These utilize a direct hypnotic approach, similar to that described earlier. There is probably little place in the modern concept of dynamics for this particular type of technique for despite careful planning on the part of the hypnotist, the procedure can again result in evoking the resistances of the patient. The second type of treatment is the alleviation or...

Indirect hypnosis

Frequently, in the practice of medicine, a situation may arise wherein the doctor, in the therapeutic situation, realizes the need to produce hypnosis in an individual who is not knowingly the patient. One method through which this can be accomplished is to use that individual as an aide in producing a trance state in the person he believes is the patient. To demonstrate this, two doctors have consented to cooperate. For the sake of clarity, I shall refer to them as Friend and Patient. This is...

Jane

ERICKSON Where'd you get the notebook Maybe there's a name on it. It is I think it's pretty, too. Were you shedding tears No, I don't really think you were. By the way, have you ever remembered something that you've completely forgotten Something you had completely, absolutely forgotten. Did you ever reach back and get it By the way, do you know what automatic writing is You don't know what it is You really don't. Well, I wonder if the audience knows what it is....

Major techniques

Five main techniques are utilized in hypnotic treatment. First, and most rarely used, is the prolonged, deep hypnotic trance, where the patient is placed in a deep hypnotic state and kept there for a period of hours or days. This treatment has been utilized for some fifty years, particularly in some of the neuroses, e.g., the vomiting of the gastric neuroses. It has also proved some value with some of the emotionally based tics. The second method, also utilized for some time, is indirect...

Progressive relaxation

Demonstration 4 ENTIRE GROUP DOCTOR S If you would like to relax and have the sensations of what complete relaxation can be, make yourselves as comfortable as you can. Usually it is nice to sit loosely, limply in a chair, with your feet flat on the floor or in any other position that may be comfortable, with your hands on your laps or hanging down. Find a fixation point on the ceiling. Pick any point, but stick to it. Pay attention only to that point on the ceiling and to my words. Just pay...

Question

Do you have any picture impressions . . . None. My own approach is not to try to push these things over on a person unless he is willing. Do you have a definition for intuition, and how do you produce it ANSWER I have no idea in the world how I produce intuition. I think Theodor Reik describes it rasher well in his book, Listening with the Third Ear. But I simply take advantage of it I don't think I produce it. QUESTION When you do this, are you in very close rapport with your patient ANSWER I...

Rapport pattern of unconscious thinking

So your name is Jane and you're deep asleep. Is that all right Now, do you know where you are You are where I am. That's right. Where are we Do you know where in Shreveport In the hotel Where in the hotel are we On the second floor. And where on the second floor In a big room On the stage. What has just been demonstrated is an example of spontaneity in the association of ideas. The subject started in Shreveport, in the hotel, on the second floor, in the big room, on the stage. Had I asked a...

Spontaneous negative hallucination

By the way, Jane, was I talking to anybody Is there anyone here but you and me Just with you. ERICKSON (to audience) The subject has just stated that she was here only with me. In other words, she has defined the rapport, demonstrated that she has dropped all interpersonal relations with any group present. Her response was, ''Just with you, the hypnotic situation itself. The group does not belong in the hypnotic situation and that is a very clear and beautiful definition of the two situations....

Subject

Not at all, you mean me personally DOCTOR S (demonstrating) Yes, you can make your own trouble. I want to help you out of trouble, not to get you in trouble. SUBJECT I have trouble enough, but it is a rash man who puts his finger in my mouth. DOCTOR S (demonstrating) Well, I won't be then. (Checks reflex.) That's trouble, isn't it SUBJECT You're right. That's trouble. DOCTOR S (demonstrating) How about x-rays, dental x-rays SUBJECT Impossible. DOCTOR S (demonstrating) Never had any. DOCTOR S...

Techniques of induction in children

Earlier in this presentation it was pointed out that children, as a general rule, are exceedingly responsive hypnotic subjects. Since they usually have no difficulty in drawing on their imagination, a hypnotic approach employing visual imagery is frequently successful. Demonstration 1 LIGHT - SWITCH TECHNIQUE This method requires a patient old enough to understand the concept of electricity traveling through wires. The verbalization can then be as follows

Therapy medical considerations

In the therapy of children, particularly from the medical standpoint, it is usually unnecessary to have a very deep hypnosis. Their vivid imaginations and visual memory make gains possible on other levels. Children can be induced to see ball games, listen to concerts, and do all sorts of things while the physician or dentist is working on them, usually with satisfactory results. Gordon Ambrose reported extensive hypnotic work as a psychiatrist with children in a child guidance center. He stated...

Therapy of habits

One ought to be alert to the fact that many a problem is no more than a habit. It may have started originally as a profoundly neurotic response. As the years passed, it became a physical habit. MAKING A HABIT TOO PAINFUL TO RETAIN CASE OF WILLIAM A. Seven-year-old William had a very distressing habit. About once every minute, all day long, he made a noise that sounded like eek, eek. His mother, father, teachers, and everyone else were frantic. But it was no more than a habit pattern. Treatment...

Trance maintenance

Operations should be carried through to completion before arousing the patient. Many dentists make the mistake of bringing the patient out of hypnosis at the end of cavity preparation, for instance. They then place the matrix band 1 16 inch into the soft tissue and wonder why the patient didn't have an entirely enjoyable experience. There is no reason to hurry. Let the patient stay in hypnosis as long as there is any possible need for it. Hypnosis is not a general anesthetic and does not impose...

Indications and advantages of hypnosis in obstetrics

The induction of hypnosis in a patient is a very simple procedure only a moderate amount of skill is needed to produce the trance state. Consequently, the physician can use it on almost all obstetrical patients. He needs to understand, however, that psychodynamtic orientation is important because the constant interpersonal relationship between physician and patient is such that there is a marked emphasis of it in the hypnotic state. One of the indications for using hypnosis is the understanding...

Misconceptions about hypnosis

Not all the misconceptions about hypnosis can or need to be presented here. Those will be discussed which most often seem to concern prospective subjects and patients, or which serve as sources of difficulty during the induction process. Much of this material can thus be used in the orientation of new subjects. THAT MEDICAL OR DENTAL HYPNOSIS CAN BE LEARNED FROM A STAGE HYPNOTIST The first misconception has to do with the belief that medical or dental hypnosis can be learned from a stage...

Case Of Mrs Eleanor K

Eleanor K also came in with a history of an ulcer. On hypnotic induction it was found that she was a somnambule. As she started going into the somnambulistic state, she began to shout, I can't I can't I can't I can't. She was asked in a quiet tone, You can't what She replied, I can't stand those kids. I can't stomach them. Therapy after that consisted of discussing attitudes toward children what is normal in children how much they should be allowed to run, scream, and yell, and whether...

Case Of Mr And Mrs J

A detailed report of this case was published some time ago.1 A young couple, both of whom were very religious, came to the office most hesitantly, stating that their problem was that each of them wet the bed. Briefly, their story was this. When they got married, each kept it a secret from each other. The morning after the wedding night, they were both very polite to each other and never said a word about the wet bed. For nine months, things coasted along in that manner. Then, one of them said...

Questions and answers

The following are frequently asked questions involving the use of hypnosis in obstetrics. 1. What about the patient who has the idea that she cannot induce the trance in herself unless the physician as there Point out to the patient that if this were so, she would be a most unusual patient. She is certainly as capable of accomplishing autohypnosis as is any other patient. Demonstrate to her that she can do so I am going to step out of this room. I will be right around the corner in the next...

Hypnotizability

Who is hypnotizable And who is not hypnotizable Generally speaking, although there is no statistically significant correlation between intelligence and hypnotizability, clinical experience does seem to indicate that the more intelligent, the more extroverted, and the stronger willed the person is, the more likely he is to be a good hypnotic subject. When persons say, I can't be hypnotized, a reasonable response to that statement is, Well, that's very interesting, but I certainly wouldn't brag...