The Pool

Imagine you are standing on a ledge overlooking a quiet pool, lifting a heavy rock high over your head. Watch the rock as you drop it into the water, observing, in slow motion, the splash and way it settles, sinking to the bottom of the pool. As it does so, imagine the water closing in above it, generating rippling circles spreading out all over the pool's surface. Continue to observe these ripples as they wax and wane until, finally, they fade away completely, returning the water to its...

Diane Roberts Stoler EdD

This script was written for a 26-year-old woman with recurring vaginal warts. She loved the ocean and was into holistic health. Imagery was used for extensive induction and deepening prior to giving the following suggestions. The last imagery scene was of a lush garden with a mountain stream flowing down through it. You know that part of becoming healthier and happier is to allow yourself to enjoy only foods that are good for you. In this garden, if you become hungry there are all types of...

General Approach to Physical Symptoms Caused by Stress

A permissive approach to self-hypnosis which emphasizes positive experiences of physical changes acts to reframe a negative self-image or previously confusing symptoms. I begin by briefly outlining the fight or flight response, then contrast the physical and emotional changes of the relaxation response. I ask the patient to choose a pleasurable visual or auditory image to focus his her awareness. Take a couple of deep breaths in . . . and out . . . and on the out breath, notice a sense of...

Trance Ratification

Methods of trance ratification (e.g., glove anesthesia, limb rigidity, ideomotor phenomenon) may be used to increase patient confidence and feelings of self-efficacy. And just as your inner mind is so powerful that it can even control something as fundamental and basic as pain, so you now know that it can control any of your feelings and desires, and anything about your body. And because of the incredible power of your unconscious mind, your urges and cravings will increasingly come under your...

Lawrence M Staples DMD

Some of my young patients like to play a game called let's pretend when they have to have their dental care. They shut their eyes when I tell them to, and they at first just pretend that they are at home, watching their favorite TV program, and they have fun while I am caring for and working on their teeth. Would you like to play a game like that, I asked Kathy, and she thought that would be fun. All right, Kathy, I will draw a 'funny face' on your thumbnail. . . . Here are the eyes, and here...

Dov Glazer DDS

For the next five minutes, experience a uniquely effective technique to enjoy a hypnotic trance. Simply listen to the suggestion, follow the instruction and be pleasantly surprised by the experience. tension. Focus attention on your hands. Put the heels of the hands together and let the fingers touch each other. Raise the hands to the height of the jaw, elbows away from the body. Press the hands together. Press tight enough to feel the tension in the fingers, hands, arms, shoulders, neck, feel...

Emil G Bishay MD Grant Stevens MD and Chingmuh Lee MD

Bishay, Stevens, and Lee (1984) used the following suggestions in an emergency room setting. The patient had a history of upper GI bleeding for three years and was admitted to the surgical ICU with a diagnosis of recurrent peptic ulcer disease vs. stomach ulceration, incomplete vagotomy. After the patient was reassured that nothing would hurt her and no one would do anything to her against her will, she was told that if she could relax, her unconscious mind would help control the bleeding. The...

Maureen A Kelly DDS Harlo R McKinty and Richard Carr

These authors found that eight months following suggestions to promote dental flossing, 67 of patients, as compared with 15 of a control group, were found to have improved gingival health. The groups were given the following types of suggestions. (1) Suggestions involving oral health which explained the need for routine dental flossing to prevent periodontal disease and interproximal caries (2) suggestions involving personal appearance which cited healthy looking gums, clean teeth, and the...

Cautions And Guidelines In Using Age Regression

In introducing the topic of age regression, we should begin with some cautions. Many years ago, Wolberg (1964) warned us that, We may conjure up a situation permitting us to track down the origin of each of the patient's symptoms. Having done this, we should probably find, in most cases, that the symptoms themselves would not vanish. The expectation that recovery of traumatic experiences will invariably produce an amelioration or cure of the patient's neurosis is founded on a faulty theoretic...

Irving I Secter DDS MA

First the hypnotized patient is asked to imagine (or hallucinate) an unpleasant, negative theater scene or a negative experience with the associated unpleasant feelings. Then he or she imagines a very happy scene or experience with the accompanying positive feelings. The patient is asked to signal with a head nod when he or she is experiencing the suggested scenes. Let the theater scene disappear for the time being. Be aware of the fact that you are sitting comfortably and relaxed in this...

Daniel P Brown PhD and Erika Fromm PhD

Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Chicago, Illinois Suggestions can be designed in various ways to improve the quality of the regression and to achieve genuine age regression. To increase the likelihood of reinstating previous modes of functioning over current adult functioning, the therapist can directly suggest You will find yourself thinking, acting, feeling, and behaving like a child of specify suggested age . No matter what you find yourself doing, you will experience yourself exactly as you...

Joan Murray Jobsis PhD

And it begins to become easier to imagine traveling through time and space in trance, beginning to explore and understand ourselves more fully. And in that understanding an acceptance of self, coming to know and understand and accept our strengths and our limitations. Coming to access our strengths and our sense of power without apology or fear, without worrying whether our strengths please or displease others. And acknowledging to ourselves our right to achieve our own personal best self. And...

Suggestions

Now I want you to imagine that you are going to take a trip to an island. I am going to count to ten, and as I do, you will be able to make this journey. I don't know whether you will make it by plane, by boat, or by swimming as Donna Nyad did. And now you begin the journey One . . . going into a deeper and more relaxed state with each count. Six . . . And now I need to tell you something about this island to which you are going. This island is your island of serenity. It is very deep within...

Hypnosis in Obstetrics and Gynecology 269

Obstetrical Hypnosis Childbirth Training 271 Group Hypnosis Training in Obstetrics Simon W. Chiasson 271 Outline of Hypnotic Suggestions in Obstetrics Bertha P. Rodger 273 Suggestions for a Comfortable Delivery Joseph Barber 275 The Hypnoreflexogenous Technique in Obstetrics A. Kenneth Fuller 277 Childbirth Suggestions Larry Goldmann 278 Management of Antenatal Hypnotic Training David Waxman 279 Erickson's Childbirth Suggestions Milton H. Erickson 281 An Ericksonian Approach to Childbirth...

Valerie T Stein

These suggestions were formulated and successfully used by Stein (1980) in treating a case of action (intention) myoclonus. The suggestions were used in four hypnotic sessions after induction, deepening, and suggestions for quietness, relaxation, calmness and internal peace. An audiotape to facilitate self-hypnosis was also made. Sessions were framed as quiet time and as a time for healing. Although only the subject of one case report, perhaps hypnosis may hold promise in working with this...

Obtaining A Sensory Description Of The Pain

Hypnotherapy with pain is facilitated by a detailed description of the following sensory aspects of the pain (1) thermal sensations (e.g., degree of heat versus cold) (2) kinesthetic sensations and pressure aspects of the pain (e.g., dull, sharp, binding, itching, heavy, twisting, drilling, penetrating, stabbing, pounding) and (3) imagery of the pain (size, shape, color, texture, sound). One method for doing this is to obtain a detailed verbal description of the sensory components of the pain....

Selig Finkelstein DDS

This technique consists of a progressive relaxation procedure followed by downward movement and imagery of a safe place. These suggestions may be used for induction and deepening, and to assist patients where symptoms of anxiety and fearfulness are present. A variant of this technique is also valuable with multiple personality patients. (Ed.) Relaxation is a mental process. You can begin by closing your eyes, but it helps to have something physical with which to work. Just wiggle your shoulders...

Not Knowing And Not Doing

Suggestions of this type facilitate unconscious responsiveness rather than conscious effort. They assist patients to not try too hard (in accord with the Law of Reversed Effect), encouraging autonomous responding and dissociation. Here is an example of this type of suggestion You don't have to think, or reply, or try to do anything at all. In fact, it isn't even necessary to listen carefully to what I'm saying, because your unconscious mind will just inevitably hear everything I'm saying,...

Errol R Korn MD and George J Pratt PhD

Bring to mind a presentation that you have to make in the near future. It may be a sales presentation to a client, it may be a speech to a gathering of your peers or your superiors, it may be a simple meeting. Imagine yourself getting a good night's sleep focus on feeling as though you're falling asleep . . . and that you're waking refreshed. Imagine dressing as you would dress on the day of the presentation, feeling very good about yourself. You are smiling. At the place where the presentation...

Evaluation and Assessment of Pain

thical practice requires that we have the technical knowledge to adequately evaluate patient needs. This means that the nonphysician treating pain patients must become familiar with medical evaluation and treatment alternatives. Pain patients should be required to obtain a physical examination and appropriate diagnostic studies prior to psychological intervention. Similarly, it is vital for physicians and dentists to learn to evaluate more than the biophysical aspects of pain. Particularly...

The Metaphor

Most of us have some foods we like better than others. I can recall when I was a child, I loved certain foods. I remember how much I just loved pancakes, and the smell of hot, fresh pancakes cooking in the morning. And umm, after that warm, sticky feel of the syrup, a glass of cold milk tasted so good. And I recall the warm, comfortably full kind of feeling after eating them. I don't know, when you were a child, what foods you liked. But you certainly remember, maybe not all of them, but some...

Outline Of Hypnotic Strategies And Techniques For Managing Pain

In this chapter you will find a large number of hypnotic techniques discussed and modeled for you. You may find the following conceptualization of major hypnotic pain control strategies and the techniques that fall under these strategies to be useful in understanding these methods. I. Unconscious Exploration to Enhance Insight or Resolve Conflict II. Creating Anesthesia or Analgesia A. Direct or Indirect Suggestion B. Imagery and Imagery Modification E. Interspersal Technique and Use of...

Richard P Kluft MD PhD

The slow leak technique was developed for work with patients who had some or all of the following features they were anxiety phobic, had poor anxiety tolerance, and or were physically compromised. Such patients are not optimal candidates for the more strenuous experience of a traditional abreaction, which makes considerable demands upon both their physical and emotional resources. At first glance it might seem that all abreactive work should be avoided with such individuals. However, often a...

Galski Rowen Trichotillomania Script

Trichotillomania, compulsive hair pulling, is estimated to be a chronic habit disorder of 8 million people (Azrin & Nunn, 1978). There are many case reports in the behavior modification literature, with varying success rates, using methods like aversive self-stimulation (e.g., snapping a rubber band on the wrist), covert sensitization, self-monitoring and stimulus control procedures (Bornstein & Rychtarik, 1978 Levine, 1976 Mastellone, 1974 Saper, 1971). There are also case reports of the...

The Technique

The client is instructed to imagine or visualize a dial that controls the intensity of the symptom. It is important to tailor the metaphor to the sensory modalities that the client uses. For example, if the client is capable of imagining sounds, it is important to emphasize the clicks when turning down the dial. The actual details of the dial or control box may be left to the client's imagination and liking. suggestive wording. And now visualize a box with a dial on it. Do you see the dial box...

The Principle Of Interspersing And Embedding Suggestions

Suggestions may be subtly interspersed within stories, anecdotes, or deepening techniques. Words or phrases may be included, set apart by very brief pauses or changes in voice tone, that convey additional meanings and suggestions. For instance, I was working with a woman for both obesity and marital problems. She had a noxious habit of interrupting rather than listening during interactions. Therefore, the following suggestions were given (and recorded on cassette tape for use in self-hypnosis)....

Milton H Erickson MD

One of Erickson's techniques for facilitating a revivification was to begin by producing a disorientation of the patient. This may be done in several ways. For instance, the patient may be disoriented spatially by having him or her tumble over and around in a cloud. Erickson seems to have particularly tended to use the following method of disorienting the patient temporally. (Ed.) You all, I believe, had breakfast this morning or at least it is customary for you to have breakfast in the...

Alexander A Levitan MD

This metaphor is particularly indicated when the patient has described the pain as a flaming red sphere. See yourself sitting on a tropical beach at sunset. Notice the bright red sun as it descends on the far horizon. See the colors begin to change from orange to crimson, and then a deep, dark red-orange. Notice that as the sun approaches the water, there actually seems to be two suns, one in the sky and one in the water. See the sun gradually sink into the ocean. See the colors change from...

Indications and Contraindications

Olness and Gardner (1988) suggest the following broad indications for child hypnotherapy (1) when a child shows responsiveness to hypnotic inductions (2) when a problem has been shown to be treatable through hypnosis (3) when there is a positive relationship between the therapist and child (4) when the child possesses at least some motivation to remedy the complaint (5) when parents or guardians approve the treatment plan and (6) when the use of hypnosis is not anticipated to cause iatrogenic...

M Erik Wright MD PhD

The following tape recording was prepared for a middle-aged woman who experienced de bilitating anxiety at the thought of going to a doctor or dentist, a store or restaurant, and so forth. When the anticipated anxiety became too great, she was able to calm herself sufficiently to carry out these activities by listening to the tape. She routinely kept the tape in her purse so that it would be available to her as needed. If she was in a situation that required privacy, she used earphones. She had...

Theory Technique Indications And Contraindications

The method is based on the following assumptions 1. The human organism is endowed with spontaneous healing power with which to restore healthy mind and body. 2. The so-called hypnotic trance serves the functions of enhancing the healing force in the organism. 3. Especially in prolonged hypnosis, the self-recovering force is reinforced and the organism is set free from the strains of mind and body caused by the stress of the inner and outer world, and is helped to restore health. 4. Prolonged...

Joseph Barber PhD

Though there are many ways of conceptualizing techniques of hypnotic pain management, and while different clinicians will certainly apply techniques differently, it is helpful to consider four basic methods of achieving hypnotic pain control 1. Analgesia or anesthesia can be created in the hypnotized individual by simply suggesting that the perception of pain is changing, Is diminishing, or that the area is becoming numb, so that the pain is gradually disappearing. It may be easier for a...

Corydon Hammond PhD

Experiencing a continuous activity without suggestions for personal time. Example You are listening to a record. 2. Experiencing a continuous activity with suggestions for personal time. Example You're going to listen to a record for 15 minutes. 3. Experiencing a completed activity without suggestions for personal time. Example You're going to cook a meal. 4. Experiencing a completed activity with suggestions for personal time. Example You will spent 15 minutes cooking a meal. 5. Experiencing a...

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Multiple Personality Disorder

Through the years there have been a variety of published works concerned with the psychotherapeutic treatment of the effects of traumatic stress. Following World War I, hypnosis and abreactive therapy became popular for rehabilitating troops suffering from shell shock (Shorvon & Sargant, 1947). Similarly, the impact of traumatic events in World War II encouraged a variety of publications on treatment of war neurosis (Grinker & Spiegel, 1943, 1945 Kardiner & Spiegel, 1947 Sargant &...

Hypnotic Enhancement of Athletic Performance

References to the use of hypnosis to enhance sports performance have been made in the literature for a long time (e.g., Lindemann, 1958 Mitchell, 1972 Narcuse, 1964a, 1964b Schultz, 1932). In 1964, Narcuse found that of 125 Japanese Olympic athletes, only 20 had invested time in developing a means of coping with performance anxiety, and few of them had done this systematically or reliably. In contrast, today cognitive training and hypnosis training are widely utilized with Olympic athletes and...

Symbolic And Metaphoric Imagery

The term suggestions usually refers to verbal statements. The effects of imagery seem so powerfully in hypnosis, however, that it is my belief that we should acknowledge suggestions for imagery as a category of suggestion. The Law of Reversed Effect is a principle that encourages the use of imagery, particularly to bring about physiologic effects. For instance, having patients imagine what their pain looks like and then modify the imagery may produce analgesic relief. Imagining an agitated acid...

Scientific Research On Age Regression

There is a very small amount of evidence suggesting that there may be cnme miite limited physiological or neurophysiological regression in revivification. For example, it has been possible to regress excellent subjects to infancy and elicit a Babinski reflex and similar phenomena that simulating subjects (actors) could not produce (Gidro-Frank & Bowersbuch, 1948 Raikov, 1980, 1982 True & Stephenson, 1951). It has been pointed out, however, that this may be the result of depressed muscle...

Questions

Suggestions in the form of questions may be used to focus attention and awareness, stimulate associations, facilitate responsiveness, and to induce trance. This type of suggestion is particularly valuable when the question is one that cannot be answered by the conscious mind. Questions, however, should not be used in a rigid manner, but should utilize ongoing patient behavior. Each question, for example, may suggest an observable response. Questions are, again, a fail-safe approach that you...

Franz Baumann MD

You can wake up all the way when you need to empty your bladder. You can learn how good it feels to empty your bladder completely. You can learn to control the flow of urine from your bladder through your penis. You can learn to enjoy fully the feeling of urine coming from your penis. Because this enjoyment is such a good feeling, you will want to be fully awake for it at all times. You can practice stopping and going every single time you urinate. Every time you do this you can learn that you...

Central Control Or Circuit Room

After having identified and worked through important issues, imagery of the circuit room can help to formalize change. Attitudes and behaviors that have been linked by trauma or learning can be unplugged or disconnected. Intensity (or feelings, pain, etc.) can be turned down. Certain dysfunctional plugs may be removed and replaced with new functional plugs. On-off switches (e.g., black white, either or attitudes and behaviors) can be replaced with light-dimmer type intensity switches....

Relaxing The Diaphragm

The release of tensions will result spontaneously and unconsciously in slower, deeper exhalations. Such relaxed breathing is similar to that during sleep and during the waking state may be felt as being breathed rather than active breathing. The respiration is deepened when the tendons of the neck and shoulders are relaxed, the mouth-throat junction is felt as a wide open space, and exhalations are felt throughout the whole trunk, especially in the flanks and in the small of the back. Also...

Jeffrey Auerbach PhD

In autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, the immune system attacks the body the joints, internal organs or skin. In effect, the immune system is misguided or confused. Hypnotherapeutic work may help stimulate healthy immune system functioning, where only foreign invaders or mutant cells are attacked. A general understanding of how autoimmune diseases operate will be helpful to the patient, and sometimes pictures of what the disease process and the immune system look like...

Don E Gibbons PhD

Now I am going to stroke your hand, and as I do, you will gradually begin to be aware of feelings of warmth flowing from my hand into yours and flowing all through your hand, as these feelings of warmth continue to grow stronger and stronger with each passing moment. As I stroke your hand now, you will soon begin to notice these feelings of warmth flowing into your hand from mine, and as soon as you do, you can signal me by nodding your head. After the subject has nodded his assent That's fine....

David Spiegel MD and Herbert Spiegel MD

Stanford, California, and New York, New York The instruction for weight control is similar to that used for smoking control. Subjects are given the following three points (1) For my body, too much food is damaging (or disfiguring) (2) I need my body to live (3) I owe my body respect and protection. Subjects are instructed to recognize that most of the food they eat nourishes their body, but an excess damages it, and that they can use self-hypnosis to learn to eat with respect for their body...

Harold B Crasilneck PhD and James A Hall MD

CONTROL OF CHEMOTHERAPY SIDE EFFECTS Time will go by rapidly, your anxiety and fears will be much less . . . you can sleep for long periods of time during and following treatment . . . nausea and vomiting will be minimal however, if you have to vomit you can . . . should you be asleep when you need to vomit you can awaken, vomit, and immediately go back to a deep, restful, peaceful sleep . . . time will pass by quickly . . . hours will seem like minutes . . . there will be little discomfort and...

Hypertension Gastrointestinal Disorders Premenstrual Syndrome and Psychosomatic Disorders

There are some conditions where hypnosis has proven particularly beneficial. While suggestions were not submitted in some of these areas, you should be aware of the potential benefits of hypnosis with these problems. One of these areas is hypertension. Hypertension has been benefited by deep muscle relaxation (e.g., Taylor, Farquhar, Nelson, & Agras, 1977), meditation (e.g., Benson, Rosner, Marzetta, & Klemchuk, 1974 Benson & Wallace, 1972) and hypnosis (Barabasz & McGeorge, 1978...

Gandors Garden

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and there is a feeling of warmth in the air. Without prior warning, you come upon a large mound of freshly dug earth on one side of which is a round, partly open, wooden door. Curious, you approach the door. Looking inside, you see a downward sloping tunnel which, though dark, does have a glimmer of light emanating from the far end. You enter the tunnel, following it as it takes you down and down, deeper and deeper...

Childbirth Script

The script presented here was for a 36-year-old woman for her first pregnancy. She loved being at her grandmother's house near the ocean. The suggestions begin following an imagery induction to facilitate dissociation and deepening suggestions. distancing from feelings. Pay close attention to my voice. You have no cares or worries right now, all your cares and worries will just drift away. Notice one of the fluffy clouds above you floating in the sky. You can allow yourself to put your nervous...

Hypnotherapy with Sexual Dysfunction

Far too many therapists with a superficial knowledge of sex therapy techniques (e.g., sensate focus exercises, the squeeze technique) have been willing to treat dysfunctional patients. An elementary knowledge of traditional sex therapy or hypnosis techniques that has been gleaned from a book or brief workshop is inadequate preparation for ethical practice. The hypnotherapist wishing to treat sexual dysfunctions must first master an extensive and complex body of literature on the evaluation of...

Hypnotic Technique With Impotency

As early as 1954, the author used hypnotic induction and the suggestion of catalepsy arm rigidity to one of the patient's arms, in order to demonstrate the control and strength his unconscious mind has over this part of his body. The patient is requested to open his eyes, feel the cataleptic arm with his normal hand (in order to prove that he had achieved this physiological cataleptic rigidity), and is told that this power which he displays over another part of his body could be easily...

Structuring Expectations

It is essential to pay attention to the patient's expectations. One who expects to feel nothing during treatment may be quite upset to feel something, interpreting any sensation as pain. Anticipating this is part of paying adequate attention to detail. It might be explained in this way. Analgesia is like turning down the rheostat, the dimmer, to where sensation is tolerable, even comfortable. Anesthesia is like turning off the switch. It's possible you might feel a little something. If you were...

Hypnosis with Emotional and Psychiatric Disorders 309

Suggestive Techniques with Emotional Disorders 312 Hypnotherapeutic Technique for the Reduction of Guilt The Door of Forgiveness Helen H. Watkins 312 Dumping the Rubbish H. E. Stanton 313 The Red Balloon Technique D. Corydon Hammond 313 Edelstien's Fusion of Extremes Technique D. Corydon Hammond 315 Scenes for Facilitating Self-Understanding H. E. Stanton 316 Meeting an Inner Adviser David E. Bresler 318 Responsibility to a Fault A Metaphor for Overresponsibility Michael D. Yapko 320 Different...

Implication

Implication is a difficult to define but important method of indirect suggestion. Rather than directly suggesting an effect, you may merely imply or assume that it will take place. For instance, in deepening a trance, you may ask, What color are the flowers This implies and assumes that the patient is capable of visualizing. Similarly, a patient may be told, When you're aware of noticing some of the sounds of nature around you, like the wind in the trees and the birds singing, just nod your...

Gate Control Theory Metaphor

The more sensations that your unconscious mind has options to produce, the more likely these other sensations are to occur. Your unconscious mind can relax all the nerve and muscle fibers in the area of your body where there is tension or pain. It can also interrupt the pathways which travel from the site of the injury, to the spinal cord, up the back of the spinal cord, through the brain stem and into the pain reception area. There are many, many gates which these pain impulses must pass...

The Collagen Metaphor

And sometimes when there has been a particularly deep scar, with modern techniques and advancements, our healers of today have learned how to overcome that. For instance, we can take some collagen, and inject it, which is, of course, a little painful. But that little pain that is causejd by the doctor is well worth it, because we have discovered now how to inject new things into that space, so that new tissue grows to replace the old, gaping hole. And it fills in with new life, so that the scar...

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.A. here are many methodsJLor woryngjiygnojjcally with anxiety disor- ders. Occasionally, directsuggestions for relief of anxiety or phobjasjrove effective_(e.g., Horowitz, 1970 Marks, Gelder, & Edwards, 1968 Naruse, 1965). When direct suggestions are ineffective, there are many other suggestive hypnotic techniques that may be productive. The patient may be taught to dissociate from anxiety proyoking circumstances This may be accomplished through imagining floating away to a tranquil...

Robert C Mashman PhD

These are nonspecific suggestions for change intended to activate the client's own abilities in selecting and implementing a necessary change. They are intended to potentiate the effect of subsequent suggestions. These suggestions define change as pervasive, positive, and unconsciously determined. In addition, they redefine feelings of anxiety and confusion as signs of positive unconscious activity. Discomfort is reframed as an epiphenomenon of natural, normal unconscious work. Now change is...

Formulating Hypnotic And Posthypnotic Suggestions

In this chapter we will overview the major principles and guidelines involved in formulating effective hypnotic suggestions. Afterwards, we will discuss different types of suggestions that may be constructed and how to phrase suggestions. Finally we will examine the process of how you may present a series of suggestions in order to production different hypnotic phenomena. Keep in mind that hypnotic suggestions may be directed toward behaviors, emotions, sensations and physiologic processes,...

William T Reardon MD

If you would like to improve your power of comprehension, concentration, memory, and recall, practice your relaxation self-hypnosis for one-and-one-half to two minutes just before you start to study, take an examination, have an interview, or do anything that is usually disconcerting to you. When you open your eyes, you will be able to concentrate on the work that is to be done. Concentrate to such a degree that you will absorb the material like a sponge taking up water, making an indelible...

Progressive Relaxation Induction or Deepening Technique

I'd like you to begin by just resting back, very comfortably, and closing your eyes. Just rest back in the way that is most comfortable for you right now, just resting your hands on your thighs, or on the arms of the chair. And as you just settle back comfortably, this will be an opportunity for you to become even more comfortable, and to experience a hypnotic state, very easily, and very gently, and very comfortably. And as you rest back, you can begin noticing the feelings, and sensations in...

The Tropical Island

In this tropical island fantasy, you visualize yourself standing beside a jungle pool into which a waterfall is splashing. You slide into the pool, finding the water warm and inviting. This warmth begins at your feet and calves, then your thighs, body, arms, and neck as you wade in further, immersing yourself completely. As you swim towards the waterfall, you notice a flat rock, large enough to stand upon. This you do, allowing the warm water from the waterfall to cascade over your body,...

David Waxman Lrcp Mrcs

One of the most important factors in successful treatment is to be found in strength ening the patient's desire and motivation to stop the habit. This is equally necessary in child, adolescent or adult, first in the waking state, and subsequently repeated during hypnosis. Once again, the deeper the trance, the more rapid and effective treatment is likely to be. The procedure seems to be particularly successful when the patient is female As you grow up . . . you will become more and more...

The Underlying Therapeutic Philosophy Integrative Hypnotherapy

Certainly this edited work reflects some of my own philosophy of psychotherapy, which is one of broad spectrum, eclectic treatment. Reli ance on a limited range of methods and one approach appears to often be associated with inexperience as a therapist (Auerbach & Johnson, 1977 Fey, 1958 Parloff, Waskow, & Wolfe, 1978 Strupp, 1955 Wogan & Norcross, 1985). In fact, research has found that it is the most highly experienced therapists who ascribe to an eclectic approach (Norcross &...

Stanislav Kratochvil PhD

The following suggestions were given to subjects following hypnotic induction, deepening, and the production of a variety of hypnotic phenomena. (Ed.) 1. You will remain in hypnosis until I repeat three times the word zero. You cannot return to your normal state without this signal. Another person would be able to bring you back to your normal state only by repeating this word ten times. 2. You will behave and live in the hypnotic state in the same way as if you were not in hypnosis. You will...

Cognitive Reframing Suggestions For Increasing Impulse Control

Rational-emotive therapy (RET) concepts that are usually discussed at a conscious level may also be reinforced hypnotically, and recorded on self-hypnosis tapes for patients. Spiegel and Spiegel (1978) have also provided some valuable suggestions about choosing to ignore urges or cravings, focusing instead on respecting the body. These suggestions encourage detachment and externalization of the urge. The following suggestions for increasing impulse control illustrate the adaptation of RET...

Hypnosis To Overcome Resistance

As already mentioned, one of the major difficulties in psychotherapy of anorexic patients is overt or covert resistance. At the very beginning of therapy, the patient will object to any pressure to increase food intake and direct suggestions may actually antagonize her. When hypnotherapy is present as a tool for weight control, it is often accepted. Properly presented, self-hypnosis will pose no threat to the patient's personal sovereignty, since it becomes a means of gaining further control...

Richard B Garver EdD

Your unconscious mind has a memory for virtually everything you do, and this includes your sleep behavior. It has a memory for good, high quality sleep, and it has a memory for sleep disturbance. Your unconscious will be selective in reviewing your sleep behavior, and will focus on the memory, the very positive memory, of good quality sleep, sleeping deeply and continually through the night and waking up refreshed in the morning. Always include the protective suggestion If you need to awaken...

Marlene E Hunter MD

These suggestions were also prepared for use in stroke patient rehabilitation. A similar approach may also be used for the aphasic patient for relearning language and how to speak. These suggestions may also be combined with the previous ones. (Ed.) Today I'm going to talk about learning. But I'm going to talk about it in a rather different way. I'm going to talk about learning how to do something you already know how to dol Catching attention with an unusual statement. Setting the background...

Covering All Possibilities Of Response

Giving a suggestion that covers all the possible types of response that a patient may make is most valuable when you wish to focus patient responsiveness in a certain direction. This is a fail-safe approach because virtually any response is defined as successful and hypnotic. This is especially valuable when you don't know the patient well and are initially exploring his responsiveness and identifying his hypnotic talents. Here is an example of this type of suggestion Shortly your right hand,...

Control of Salivation

The flow of saliva increases when there is food in the mouth to be eaten. This is the beginning of the digestive process. There is now no food present to be digested. Therefore your excessive salivation is not useful and is undesirable. Visualize in your mind's eye a water faucet turned on full. Then see yourself turning the handle of the faucet until there is no more water coming through at all. Swallow the saliva which is in your mouth, and notice how dry your mouth becomes. Then turn the...

Symbolic Imagery Techniques Indications and Contraindications

There is a category of hypnotherapy techniques that I refer to as symbolic imagery techniques. It appears that a hypnotic state allows a suspension of our generalized reality orientation so that imagination may be used to powerfully influence thoughts and feelings. These techniques seem most effective with individuals who are responsive to both visual and, secondarily, kinesthetic imagery. Thus, in hypnosis, imagery experiences that might otherwise seem superficial and silly may often produce...

David B Cheek MD

In a retrograde study of abortion sequences some years ago, I found that more than half of the women started their bleeding and expulsive contractions during the night, usually between one and four in the morning. The majority of those who started during the day revealed, during age regression, their belief that the process really originated with troubled dreams repeated for several nights prior to the abortion. Fortunately, thought sequences capable of causing abortion very rarely do so the...

Truisms For Developing Anesthesias

Erickson discussed the tremendous amount of learning you have acquired during your lifetime of experience in developing anesthesias throughout your entire body. For example, as you sit and listen to me now, you've forgotten the shoes on your feet . . . and now you can feel them you've forgotten the glasses on your nose . . . and now you can feel them you've forgotten the collar around your neck . . . and now you can feel it . . . You listen to an entertaining lecture, and you forget about the...

Jean Holroyd PhD and Ezra Maguen

Holroyd and Maguen (1989) reported the only known successful treatment through hypnosis of a patient who was unable to close her eyelids at night. This condition caused corneal irritation and erosion. Lagophthalmos consists of incomplete eyelid closure, most commonly associated with thyroid ophthalmopathy, but also occurring with ectropion, conjunctival cicatricial diseases, facial nerve palsy, tumors involving the seventh nerve nucleus, and orbital space-occupying lesions. Nonhypnotic...

Lawrence R Gindhart PhD

This metaphor was designed for a patient who wanted to grow up, and may serve as an indirect method for facilitating personal growth. Repetitions have been excluded from the written version, but should be included in presenting this to a patient. (Ed.) March is now, patient's name , the time for beginning the growth that has ceased for so long through the long cold winter. As you wonder, as you understand, as you listen to my your mind, put it into the cloud. As you do so, your unconscious mind...

William H Redd Patricia H Rosenberger and Cobie S Hendler

We believe the control of chemotherapy nausea emesis through hypnosis offers several advantages. Hypnosis during chemotherapy treatment makes the experience less stressful and the time pass more quickly. It requires no equipment unless a patient uses hypnosis tapes, and then only a tape recorder and audiotapes are required. Unlike antiemetic drugs, it does not produce aversive side effects. As a skill which patients can learn, it gives patients a personal sense of mastery and control over their...

Day Tape Suggestions

Allow yourself to drift and float, drift and float. And listen to the sound of my voice, and what I'm going to be saying to you. Self-esteem is the way you think and feel about yourself. The more positive the feelings, the higher your self-esteem the more negative the feelings, the more negative your self-esteem. Self-esteem affects the quality of your life. A high self-esteem can make you feel productive, capable, lovable, happy. Low self-esteem makes you feel unproductive, miserable,...

Increasing Determination The Snowball

Picture yourself standing at the top of a tall snow-covered mountain, looking down into a valley below. In this valley is the place you have been attempting to reach. Though your journey has brought you as far as this mountaintop, further progress towards your objective is blocked, for all along the mountainside are numerous barriers and obstacles. These represent everything standing between you and the attainment of your goals. Bend down and pick up a handful of snow. Examine this. You will...

Simon W Chiasson MD

There is not one gynecologist or surgeon who has not been plagued by the vexing problem of urinary retention, especially following extensive anterior colporrhaphy however, it may occur following abdominal surgery or a hemorrhoidectomy. The problem may occur seldom or often, depending on the surgery performed or the individual involved in the procedure. I believe that the most frequent reason for the problem is the discomfort in the operative area, causing reflex bladder spasm. The only genuine...

H E Stanton PhD

Enuresis is an extremely common pediatric problem, but one that requires careful evaluation, as just indicated by Kohen. Before the age of five, the majority of bedwetting does not seem linked to organic or underlying psychological or family system causes (Olness & Gardner, 1988). Situational enuresis and secondary enuresis (where there previously was good control) are somewhat more suggestive of the absence of an organic problem. However, it is recommended that a careful medical evaluation...

Steven F Bierman MD

Injection of local anesthetic into an open wound, in preparation for suturing, is in some ways like adding insult to injury. The procedure is painful and generally dreaded by patients. In recent years, physicians have turned to topic preinjection solutions in hopes of eliminating such discomfort (Pryor, Kilpatrick, Opp, et al., 1980). Although these solutions are often effective, especially in shallow wounds, their efficacy is limited in deeper wounds that require extensive debridement and...

Billie S Strauss PhD

Metaphors and suggestions must be such that they are meaningful to the patient at the particular time they are given. The patient must be able to relate to suggestions from the context of his or her previous experience, and suggestions must be ego-syntonic. Suggestions of mastery often are most effective when they reflect a previous time when the patient was competent and effectual. A metaphor used with young adolescents with cancer to help them deal with depression around weakened functioning...

Introduction And Indications

Ego-strengthening techniques are designed to enhance self-esteem and self-image. However, there are times when it is vitally important to correct a deficit in interpersonal skills through modeling and either rehearsal or covert, mental rehearsal (Bandura, 1969). Waxman's (1989) ego-assertiveness training provides modeling and mental rehearsal to promote feelings of self-efficacy and assertiveness in specific contexts. This method seems particularly indicated for patients who lack confidence and...

Michael J Scott MD

In general, I use permissive suggestions and almost invariably gradually decrease the symptom over the course of several visits rather than at one session. I respect the patient's need for a symptom, such as functional pruritus. Only very rarely, when I am thoroughly convinced that a symptom is purely psychic in origin and the individual has no further need for it, do I employ dogmatic or authoritative suggestions such as, Once this session is terminated you will no longer have any sensation of...

Bertha P Rodger MD

Assume a COMFORTABLE and BALANCED position. Allow your body ST A Y STILL and NOTICE how much quieter and more COMFORTABLE you become as the sense of MOVEMENT, is SHUT OFF. 2. REST your EYES, on a spot or GAZE into space, NARROWING the FIELD of VISION, decreasing DISTRACTION, with less stimulation from OUTSIDE your body, you CENTER it more and more on INNER REALITIES. You become MORE QUIET. Your body KNOWS HOW when you SET THE STAGE for it and ALLOW the quietness to come to you and ALL THROUGH...

Beata Jencks PhD

Itching may be controlled by imagining breathing through the afflicted skin area with the thoughts of cool or still during inhalations and calm or relaxed during exhalations. This has worked for heat rashes and certain allergic conditions. It may take considerable concentration to control bad allergic reactions in this manner. An additional aid is to involve the imagination generally for counteracting a skin condition, as for instance by thinking, I am exhalation resting in a inhalation cool...

Abreaction And Reframing

Skills in conducting hypnotic induction, deepening and age regression to a past event are relatively easy to teach. It is, however, much more difficult to readily impart skills for how to facilitate intense abreactions and to then cognitively reframe and work through trauma in such a manner that it provides a corrective emotional experience. It is beyond the scope of this book to systematically describe all the steps and details in this process. You should consult hypnotherapy textbooks (e.g.,...

Selfsuggestions for concentration in tennis

As I walk onto the court I will see the net dividing the area. The net can prevent the ball from passing from one side to the other. I will find that the concentration of my attention is able to screen out distractions just as the net stops poorly hit balls. When I first step out on the court, I can notice that there are lines marked off for the boundaries. I may be able to form boundaries in my concentration that mark those actions and events that are in bounds, and pay attention only to them....

Alcid M Pelletier EdD

You remember that we use hypnosis in age regression, to help you go back to deal with an issue or event you did not understand, to settle some unfinished business. We all live in the present, which tomorrow will be the past, and the future becomes the present. Time is always moving. You can see the future in fantasy to make the present move progressively happy and successful. Fantasies are good to have. Unrealistic fantasies can be fun and entertaining, then discarded as one would shut off a TV...

Create Positive Expectancy

Experienced hypnotherapists are probably more effective than new students, at least in part, because they act utterly expectant and confident that their suggestions will occur. This inspires confidence in patients. Act and speak confidently. There are times, as we will discuss shortly, when it is wise to phrase suggestions in a more permissive and indirect way. Exercise caution, however, that you do not speak in such a laissez faire manner that you are perceived as lacking confidence. This is a...

Anger Suggestions

You tell me that you smoke to put a damper on your anger and frustrated feelings. You can see that smoking is one way you handle anger, but you and I both know that smoking is no solution to this problem. Smoking ends up hurting you physically and it cannot discharge or control your feelings. If you are angry at someone, express those feelings in a constructive way. If this is not appropriate, then release your anger via exercise, or beating a pillow, or imagine you have a small rubber ball in...

Time Distortion

The hypnotic phenomenon of time distortion may consist of a subjective sense of either time contraction or of time expansion. How does one go about producing time distortion Sometimes this phenomenon occurs spontaneously, simply by hypnotizing someone. It may also be suggested to patients. areas of application. Time distortion may be of particular value in working with acute and intractable pain, in childbirth training, in helping patients endure unavoidable but miserable experiences or...

William S Kroger MD

One should never assume that anesthesia is present, even though a patient may be in deep hypnosis. Always include this step to produce anesthesia first then test before operating. The procedure is to take hold of the tooth to be treated between the index finger and the thumb, rocking it and at the same time depressing it in the socket, gently at first but gradually more firmly. While doing this say As I press down on this tooth, you will find that it is getting numb and losing all its feeling....

William S Kroger MD and William D Fezler PhD

Palm Springs, California, and Beverly Hills, California eat like a gourmet. If you really wish to lose weight, you will roll the food from the front of the tongue to the back of the tongue and from side to side in order to obtain the last ounce of satisfaction and the most mileage out of each morsel and each drop that you eat. By doing this you will more readily satisfy the thousands of taste cells that are located all over your tongue there is an appetite center located in the hypothalamus...

Moshe S Torem MD

The patient is guided into self-hypnosis and is then asked to repeat the following statements after the hypnotherapist 1. I_deserve to live my life with 2. I_deserve to live my life to the 3. I_ am an adult, mature individ ual, intelligent, educated, clever, ingenious, tolerant, creative, and wish to get well. 4. Any emotional disagreements will be resolved on a psychological level through internal dialogue, writing in the journal, therapeutic sessions, writing poetry, and developing a new...

The Process of Suggestions in Facilitating Phenomena

I have adapted and modified Brown amp Fromm, 1986 eight steps that may be useful in conceptualizing how to structure a series of hypnotic suggestions that are designed to produce one of the hypnotic phenomenon. 1. Focusing Attention. It is recommendsd that a sequence of suggestions begin with something that captures or focuses the patient's attention. This may be done indirectly by simply speaking in a manner that compels or captures attention. For example, Something is beginning to happen to...

Kermit E Parker Jr PhD

Following hypnotic induction and deepening You know from past experience that as you achieve this level of comfort and relaxation, you can become physically more comfortable, and you're able to become mentally more comfortable as well. And in this process, your unconscious mind allows you the opportunity to grow, and to develop new attitudes and new feelings, and new ways of feeling about yourself and your circumstances. In this state you can become more receptive, more creative, more aware of...

The Principle Of Positive Suggestion

Rather than seeking to override existing motives or attitudes, create positive motivation and attitudes in your patients. This can sometimes be difficult to do, and in actuality, there is no research evidence to validate this principle. Thus you will notice that occasionally a contributor to this book resorts to a negative suggestion. Nonetheless, based on clinical wisdom, I recommend that whenever possible you should seek to change negative suggestions to positive ones. When this cannot be...

Examples Of Introductory Hypnotic Phrasing

In an effort to speed up your learning process, I will provide you with a list of many types of introductory phrases that are often used by hypnotherapists, particularly those with a more Ericksonian orientation. Repeated study of these phrases and the types of suggestions identified above will undoubtedly assist you to become smoother in your delivery of inductions and suggestions. It may be helpful to tape record these phrases and listen to them repeatedly. This will assist you in...

Arthur Jackson Gregory C Gass and E M Camp

You are now so deeply relaxed that all the suggestions that I am going to give you will be firmly fixed in the unconscious part of your mind so firmly fixed, so deeply embedded, that nothing will remove them. Everything that I tell you that is going to happen to you, will happen exactly as I tell you. Every feeling and sensation that I tell you that you are going to experience, you will experience just as I tell you and these things will happen particularly when you run. This entire project is...