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Hypnosis and Imagination
Kunzendorf, Robert G., Nicholas P. Spanos and Benjamin Wallace
Routledge | Baywood Press / Hardcover / 1996-05-01 / 0895031396
Clinical Hypnosis
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Students of clinical and experimental hypnosis have long agreed that hypnosis and imagination are related. But for over a decade, clinicians have debated whether progressive relaxation and guided imagery qualify as hypnosis or whether hypnotic induction and hypnotic suggestion reduce to relaxation and fantasy. During this same period, experimentalists have debated whether hypnosis is a state of imagination or whether hypnotizability is a trait of fantasy-proneness. Now, as the internationally renowned contributors to this book suggest, hypnotherapists and hypnosis researchers of all theoretical persuasions are coming to the conclusion that neither hypnosis nor hypnotizability can be explained solely in terms of imagination.

The book's first three chapters—by Sheehan and Robertson; Wagstaff; Council, Kirsch, and Grant—conclude that three different factors turn imagination into hypnosis. The next three chapters—by Lynn, Neufeld, Green, Rhue, and Sandberg; Rader, Kunzendorf, and Carrabino; and Barrett—explore the hypnotic and the clinical significance of absorption in imagination. Three subsequent chapters—by Coe; Gwynn and Spanos; and Gorassini—examine the role of compliance and imagination in various hypnotic phenomena. Pursuing the possibility that some hypnotic hallucinations are experienced differently from normal images, the following two chapters—by Perlini, Spanos, and Jones; and Kunzendorf and Boisvert—focus on negative hallucinating, which reportedly "blocks out" perceptual reality. The remaining three chapters—by Wallace and Turosky; Crawford; and Persinger—pursue other physiological differences, and possible physiological connections, between hypnosis and imagination. --- from the publisher

Contents:

In Memoriam to Nicholas P. Spanos

Preface Robert G. Kunzendorf, Nicholas P. Spanos, and Benjamin Wallace

Imagery and Hypnosis: Trends and Patternings in Effects Peter W. Sheehan and Rosemary Robertson

Compliance and Imagination in Hypnosis Graham Wagstaff

Imagination, Expectancy, and Hypnotic Responding James R. Council, Irving Kirsch, and Debora L. Grant

Daydreaming, Fantasy, and Psychopathology Steven J. Lynn, Victor Neufeld, Joseph Green, Judith Rhue, and David Sandberg

The Relation of Imagery Vividness, Absorption, Reality Boundaries and Synesthesia to Hypnotic Stress and Traits Charles Rader, Robert G. Kunzendorf, and Carlene Carrabino

Fantasizers and Dissociaters: Two Types of High Hypnotizables, Two Different Imagery Styles Deirdre Barrett

Breaching Posthypnotic Amnesia: A Review William Coe

Hypnotic Responsiveness, Nonhypnotic Suggestibility, and Responsiveness to Social Influence Maxwell I. Gwynn and Nicholas Spanos

Conviction Management: Lessons from Hypnosis Research about how Self-Images of Dubious Validity can be Willfully Sustained Donald R. Gorassini

Hypnotic Negative Hallucinations: A Review of Subjective, Behavioral, and Physiological Methods Arthur H. Perlini, Nicholas P. Spanos, and Bill Jones

Presence vs. Absence of a "Hidden Observer" during Total Deafness: The Hypnotic Illusion of Subconsciousness vs. the Imaginal Attenuation of Brainstem Evoked Potentials Robert G. Kunzendorf and Patricia Boisvert

Hypnosis, Imagination, and Hemispheric Laterality: An Examination of Individual Differences Benjamin Wallace and Deanna D. Turosky

Cerebral Brain Dynamics of Mental Imagery: Evidence and Issues for Hypnosis Helen J. Crawford

Hypnosis and the Brain: The Relationship Between Subclinical Complex Partial Epileptic-like Symptoms, Imagination, Suggestibility, and Changes in Self-Identity Michael A. Persinger

Index

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