Using the PCI to Investigate Trait-State Aspects of Hypnosis and Several Stress Management Conditions

  • Ronald J. Pekala
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)


Given the relationship between hypnotic susceptibility and absorption (r = .38) (Tellegen & Atkinson, 1974), it was hypothesized that the results found with low, medium, and high absorption subjects (reported in Chapter 11) would also be found with low, medium, and high hypnotically susceptible subjects. By using the Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory (PCI) to investigate the phenomenological parameters of hypnosis across low, medium, and high susceptible subjects, this might help to provide evidence concerning the trait-state controversy in hypnosis. This controversy concerns the extent to which “hypnotic responsiveness is more a matter of the characteristics of the subject than of the state produced by the hypnotic induction” (Hilgard, 1975, p. 20).


Altered State Internal Dialogue Susceptibility Group Volitional Control Progressive Relaxation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald J. Pekala
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.West ChesterUSA
  2. 2.Veterans Administration Medical CenterBiofeedback ClinicCoatesvilleUSA

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