Trance Induction Procedures

  • Don E. Gibbons


Just as a new subject may tend to be somewhat nervous until he has been sufficiently informed concerning the nature of the experience he is about to undergo, many people also tend to be unduly apprehensive when they are conducting an induction procedure for the first time. However, if a subject’s ability to experience a trance is primarily a function of his ability to think along with and vividly imagine the suggestions he is given, as Barber and De Moor (1972) have stated, then the principal function of the suggestor is merely to present the induction in a sufficiently plausible manner; and beyond this, no special talent, ability, or charisma are required. In other words, one should not be led to feel that one has somehow “failed” if a subject has not responded appropriately to an induction procedure; for such an outcome is usually much more the “fault” of the subject than of the suggestor.


Induction Procedure Pleasant Feeling Violet Band Kinesthetic Imagery Hypnotic Induction 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Don E. Gibbons
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  1. 1.West Georgia CollegeCarrolltonUSA

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