A Study of Self-Hypnosis, with Implications for Other Self-Control Procedures
Self-hypnosis and the effects of prior hypnotic experience on self-hypnosis were investigated with hypnotically naive college students. Adaptations of conventional hypnotic scales were used to provide for group testing and to assess self-hypnotic performance. The question investigated was whether experience with conventional heterohypnosis would inhibit later self-hypnosis rather than enhance it, as is customarily believed. In testing this proposition, three groups of about 30 subjects each (final N = 88) were tested in four hypnotic sessions. One group had two initial heterohypnosis scales of a conventional type, one had similar scales phrased completely in the first person, and one had two initial experiences with untrained self-hypnosis. All three groups then had one session of self-hypnosis and one of conventional heterohypnosis.
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