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Hypnosis: A Brief History

ISBN: 978-1-4443-0530-2
240 pages
March 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Hypnosis: A Brief History crosses disciplinary boundaries to explain current advances and controversies surrounding the use of hypnosis through an exploration of the history of its development.
  • examines the social and cultural contexts of the theories, development, and practice of hypnosis
  • crosses disciplinary boundaries to explain current advances and controversies in hypnosis
  • explores shifting beliefs about the nature of hypnosis
  • investigates references to the apparent power of hypnosis over memory and personal identity
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Preface.

1. Trilby and Svengali.

The Hypnotic Relation.

The Nature of Hypnosis.

Assessing the Myths of Hypnosis.

From Trilby to Svengali.

2. Magnetic Fluid and Magnetic Sleep.

Origins of Animal Magnetism.

Mesmerism and Exorcism.

Practicing Mesmerism.

Mesmerism Assailed.

Mesmerism Transformed.

From Magnetic Fluid to Magnetic Sleep.

3. Mesmerism and Hypnosis.

Fluidism and Animism.

Mesmerism at University College Hospital.

Mesmerism in Parlor and Sickroom.

Mesmeric Anaesthesia.

Neurypnology.

From Magnetism to Hypnosis.

4. Body and Soul.

Mesmerism in the United States.

Phrenomagnetism and Electrobiology.

Mesmerism and Spiritualism.

Mesmerism and Swedenborgianism.

New Thought and Christian Science.

From Body to Soul.

5. Salpêtrière and Nancy.

Hypnosis at the Salpêtrière.

The Nancy Approach to Hypnosis.

The Fall of Hypnosis.

Hypnosis outside of the Mainstream.

From Salpêtrière to Nancy.

6. Laboratory and Clinic.

Hypnosis Research in the Early Twentieth Century.

Hypnosis Research during the World Wars.

Psychological Healing in the Early Twentieth Century.

The Resurgence of Clinical Hypnosis.

The Rise of Popular Hypnosis.

From Laboratory to Clinic.

7. State and Trait.

Neodissociation Theory.

Altered State Theories.

Non-State Theories.

Convergence in the State/Non-State Debate.

The Trait Debate.

From State to Trait.

8. Memory and Identity.

Repression of Traumatic Memory.

Hypnosis and Memory.

Dissociation and Traumatic Memory.

Challenges to the Post-Traumatic Model.

Hypnosis and Dissociation of Identity.

From Memory to Identity.

9. Present and Future.

Medical Applications of Hypnosis.

Psychotherapeutic Applications of Hypnosis.

Unanswered Questions in the Trait Debate.

Unanswered Questions in the State Debate.

From the Present to the Future.

References.

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Judith Pintar is a historical sociologist whose work focuses on trauma and mental illness. She is a research associate in the Department of Sociology and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has written numerous book chapters and articles and is the author of two books.

Steven Jay Lynn is a leading clinical psychologist and hypnosis expert. He is a professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and the author of 14 books and more than 250 articles and chapters. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Discovery Channel, and Science News.

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  • examines the social and cultural contexts of the theories, development, and practice of hypnosis
  • crosses disciplinary boundaries to explain current advances and controversies in hypnosis
  • explores shifting beliefs about the nature of hypnosis
  • investigates references to the apparent power of hypnosis over memory and personal identity
See More
"Hypnosis is the 'mother' of psychotherapy. Pintar and Lynn have done a great service to the field. Hypnosis: A Brief History is a comprehensive, well-organized academic treatise that surveys the development of hypnosis from its birth to its contemporary maturity. Destined to be a classic, it is a welcome addition to the library of students of hypnosis."
Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D., The Milton H. Erickson Foundation

"The fascination of hypnosis, the shifts in its use and understanding over time, and the importance of scientific and societal influence are all captured in this engaging and accessible book. The intrigue of hypnosis and the passion of those who seek to understand it are hallmarks of this brief history."
Kevin M. McConkey, The University of Newcastle, Australia

"Pintar & Lynn’s book is simply superb. In one convenient package, truths about hypnosis are revealed and myths are exposed. Readers come to understand how hypnosis is useful for treating pain, anxiety, and other medical and psychological conditions. But, we also learn, it can be dangerous in the hands of incompetent or unknowledgable practitioners, especially when it leads to the production of pseudomemories. The winding and complicated history of the study of hypnosis is not only fascinating in its own right, but it serves as a starting point for glimpsing the future of this captivating phenomenon."
Elizabeth Loftus, University of California, Irvine

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