Hypnosis pp 45-54 | Cite as

A Clinical Critique

  • Fred H. Frankel
Part of the Topics in General Psychiatry book series (TGPS)


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.


Induction Procedure Perceptual Distortion Transcendental Meditation Hypnotic Suggestion Oriented Therapist 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred H. Frankel
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryBeth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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