The hypnotist in the hypnosis interaction: The impact of first impressions on perceptions of hypnotisability

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Whitehead, Susanne, Noller, Patricia and Sheehan, Peter. (2008) The hypnotist in the hypnosis interaction: The impact of first impressions on perceptions of hypnotisability. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 56(4), pp. 394 - 424. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207140802255393
AuthorsWhitehead, Susanne, Noller, Patricia and Sheehan, Peter
Abstract

Hypnotist perceptions of participant cues and behaviors were investigated in an in-depth phenomenological study focusing on the influence of participant hypnotizability and hypnotist style. Two hypnotists and 124 participants (63 hypnotizable and 61 nonhypnotizable) took part. Two modifications of the Experiential Analysis Technique (EAT) were employed. One version involved a new modification where both hypnotist and participant took part together in the EAT session. The second version involved the EAT with the hypnotist alone as per an existing modification of the technique. Results extend earlier work pointing to the active, sentient nature of hypnotist involvement and highlight the particular importance of first impressions in shaping hypnotists' perceptions of participant hypnotizability. Results point to difficulties inherent in the hypnotist role. Findings overall support devoting increased attention to the nature of hypnotists' involvement and its implications for understanding relational processes in hypnosis.

Year2008
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Journal citation56 (4), pp. 394 - 424
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0020-7144
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00207140802255393
Scopus EID2-s2.0-50249115651
Page range394 - 424
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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