A roadmap for explanation, a working definition

Amanda J. Barnier*, Michael R. Nash

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article provides an overall picture of the concept of hypnosis. Apart from providing a hands-on tool for those who work in the field, the book also aims to correct the common assumptions about hypnosis that a hypnotized person is like a robot, that hypnosis is like being asleep, and that hypnotism can make a person do things he or she wouldn't ordinarily do. While giving a clear explanation of the theoretical perceptions of the discipline, it also narrates the present status of the subject and the complexity of it in clinical implementation. This article proves that hypnosis as a discipline has, in the twenty-first century, developed as both a fascinating topic for scientific research and an effective technique for clinical application. As a whole, it is aimed at stimulating a wave of new research and transforming the field of hypnosis in initially modest, but important ways.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, and Practice
EditorsMichael R. Nash, Amanda J. Barnier
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743733
ISBN (Print)9780198570097
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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