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 treatment." By inducing the trance state in her while she's sitting there believing that what you are doing is treating the child, you are indirectly making the suggestion to her. QUESTION

Would you condition a mother to therapy while hypnotized? ANSWER

Oh, yes, you can stimulate a great deal of motivation for further therapy on the part of the mother. QUESTION

Do you continue to use the indirect technique of trance induction at subsequent sessions? ANSWER

It would again depend on the situation. If the mother decides at the end of the session, "You know, Doctor, I felt kind of relaxed there, and I—I think that maybe you ought to talk to me that way again," then you agree. Actually, once you've induced hypnosis, it is no longer necessary to go through the same induction procedure. You can merely have them sit clown and go to sleep without more than a moment's time.

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