Hypnosis : Advanced Psychology Of Personality

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SubmittedBy: Sandhya Aryal
Submitted To: Dr. Ralph Alexander

Date: 10/12/2015

HYPNOSIS Some psychologists think of hypnosis as an altered state of consciousness, while others believe that it is simply a product of more mundane processes such as focused attention and expectation (King, 2010, p.98). Both of the above perspectives are applicable and reasonable. Hypnosis is defined as an adjusted state of consciousness, attention and expectation wherea person is unusually responsive to suggestions. According to Shaughnessy (1990), “It is full of seeming paradoxes: It is definitely not sleep, and yet is not really a waking state either; it depends on attention and concentration, and still is most often characterized by letting go and relaxing; it is most easily induced by a skilled person using specific verbal techniques, and yet it is exclusively the product of the hypnotized person 's own mental abilities” (p. 248).
Variations are found among individualsin terms of their abilities to be hypnotized. Perhaps 15-30%of the general population is easily and deeply hypnotizable (King, 2010 p.150). According to Sarafino (1990), “Susceptibility appears to change with age, being particularly strong among children between the ages of about 7 and 14, and then declining in adolescence to a level that remains stable throughout adulthood” (p.240).A process called self-hypnosis is suggestible for people who…
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