In Search of Hypnosis

  • Andre M. Weitzenhoffer


Starting out as de Puysegur’s “magnetic somnambulism,” hypnosis has gone through a number of transformations over the last 140 years, culminating in today’s “Ericksonian hypnosis.” Factors leading to the changes are discussed. There have been many, clinicians rather than researchers having the main influence upon this transformation. In contrast to earlier research, carried out prior to 1920, modern research has contributed very little new to our understanding or utilization of hypnosis. Some of the reasons for this are also examined.


Conceptual Change Altered State Tonic Immobility Unconscious Process Suggested Effect 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andre M. Weitzenhoffer
    • 1
  1. 1.Veterans Administration HospitalOklahoma CityUSA

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