Administering Trance Suggestions

  • Don E. Gibbons


Suggestions should always be communicated with sufficient clarity that there is no possibility for the subject to mistake their meaning in his current uncritical frame of mind. For example, one woman who underwent trance induction to alleviate her insomnia was told that in the future she would “sleep like a baby.” In response to this suggestion, she began to develop a pattern of going promptly to sleep and then waking up every four hours, just as a young infant is prone to do. Another subject, who was told that he would “feel tremendous” at the conclusion of a trance experience, reported sensations of extreme body distortion instead of the pleasant mood which had been intended. Equating “tremendous” with “gross,” because of his German language background, the subject experienced a considerable amount of discomfort until corrective suggestions were administered.


Induction Procedure Coercive Power Stage Fright Corrective Suggestion Sufficient Clarity 
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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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