Hypnosis To Overcome Resistance

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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 over herself.

A therapist can seize on something important to the patient to introduce self-hypnosis, and, at the same time, indirectly suggest better eating habits in order to improve her performance, e.g., in tennis, etc. The therapist can emphasize that in self-hypnosis, the patient will gain complete control and that even in heterohypnosis the operator does not control the subject.

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