A Clinical Critique
At this point we turn our attention to the use of hypnosis and the importance of hypnotizability in the clinical area. Despite the availability of a considerable number of clinical case reports praising the use of hypnosis, few include more on the hypnotizability of the patient than the therapist’s clinical impression. In the light of what has been learned from the well-organized laboratory investigation of hypnosis in recent years, we have little alternative but to reexamine closely any assertions that are made about hypnotic behavior in the clinical setting. Furthermore, although authors generally seem to be in agreement that normal subjects are more hypnotizable than those who border on the neurotic or are frankly neurotic (Ehrenreich, 1949; Hilgard, 1965), clinicians have been enticed for close to two centuries into suspecting marked hypnotizability in patients displaying certain clinical features. This aspect will be developed in some detail as it lies at the heart of what I hope to convey, but before doing so I would like to discuss the clinical use of hypnosis to date.
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