Self-Hypnosis and the Common Components of Other Stress-Reduction Techniques

A Theory
  • Ian E. Wickramasekera


Medical high technology and superior medical skills cannot substitute for individual responsibility for health care today. One of the primary causes of chronic disease today is our psychological and psychophysiological reactions to psychosocial stress and our maladaptive (smoking, obesity, drug abuse) ways of coping with psychosocial stress. These psychological

A part of this paper was first read as an invited presentation to the American Association for the Advancement of Tension Control, Chicago 1977, and a summary of it without reference to self-hypnosis was printed in the proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Tension Control. This paper was also read at the American Psychological Association Convention in Toronto, 1978, at the annual convention of the Illinois Psychological Association in 1978, and at the annual convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Houston, Texas, 1979.

and psychophysiological reactions are consequences of fixed perceptions of threat and fixed perceptions of the ways of coping with threat. Hence, giving patients tools and the responsibility to use these tools to alter their own perception of threat is a major step toward restoring individual responsibility for health care. Self-hypnosis may be a useful prototype of such a tool to alter fixed perceptions of threat arousal and resolution.


Psychosomatic Medicine Physiological Arousal Altered State Sensory Restriction Abnormal Psychology 
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  1. 1.Behavioral Medicine Clinic and Stress Disorders Research LaboratoryEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA

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