Hypnosis as an altered state of consciousness. I: a review of traditional theories

M. P. McCabe, J. K. Collins, A. M. Burns

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    Abstract

    For almost 200 years the nature of the hypnotic state has been a matter of controversy. Subjects have been accused accussed of role-playing while in this state, and its inclusion as an altered state of consciousness (ASC) has been questioned. The problem particularly applies to hetero-hypnosis. Role-playing is assumed to be more marked in hetero-hypnosis, as the subject attempts to please the hypnotist and so is motivated to appear to be hypnotized and to behave as he percieves a hypnotized person should behave. This paper examines the characteristics of ASCs, and then critically evaluates the traditional theories and changing concepts of the nature of hypnosis throughout history.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)39-54
    Number of pages16
    JournalAustralian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
    Volume6
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1978

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