Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Age Regression

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_130


This refers to the use of hypnotic suggestion to return to an earlier time of life in imagination. This technique is used in the context of psychotherapy utilizing hypnosis and may be an exploratory or therapeutic technique. Studies suggest that age regression is extremely unreliable in retrieving accurate information about the past, but that it can be considered part of the individual's life narrative.

 Therapy of Pain, Hypnosis

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