Friday, July 14, 2006

American Psychological Association NEW Definition of Hypnosis

New Definition: Hypnosis

The Division 30 Definition and Description of Hypnosis

Hypnosis typically involves an introduction to the procedure during which the subject is told that suggestions for imaginative experiences will be presented. The hypnotic induction is an extended initial suggestion for using one's imagination, and may contain further elaborations of the introduction. A hypnotic procedure is used to encourage and evaluate responses to suggestions. When using hypnosis, one person (the subject) is guided by another (the hypnotist) to respond to suggestions for changes in subjective experience, alterations in perception, sensation, emotion, thought or behavior. Persons can also learn self-hypnosis, which is the act of administering hypnotic procedures on one's own. If the subject responds to hypnotic suggestions, it is generally inferred that hypnosis has been induced. Many believe that hypnotic responses and experiences are characteristic of a hypnotic state. While some think that it is not necessary to use the word "hypnosis" as part of the hypnotic induction, others view it as essential.

Details of hypnotic procedures and suggestions will differ depending on the goals of the practitioner and the purposes of the clinical or research endeavor. Procedures traditionally involve suggestions to relax, though relaxation is not necessary for hypnosis and a wide variety of suggestions can be used including those to become more alert. Suggestions that permit the extent of hypnosis to be assessed by comparing responses to standardized scales can be used in both clinical and research settings. While the majority of individuals are responsive to at least some suggestions, scores on standardized scales range from high to negligible. Traditionally, scores are grouped into low, medium, and high categories. As is the case with other positively-scaled measures of psychological constructs such as attention and awareness, the salience of evidence for having achieved hypnosis increases with the individual's score.

(This definition and description of hypnosis was prepared by the Executive Committee of the American Psychological Association, Division of Psychological Hypnosis. Permission to reproduce this document is freely granted.)

 

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

What is a Blog?

Blog is short for weblog.  Although the actual word weblog seems to me to be pretty short as it is, the Internet, in it's infinite wisdom, has taken to shorting it to Blog, we suppose this is to save space.  By whatever name you call it Blogging has become one of the fastest growing areas on the Internet today.  

One of the best things about blogging is that you can present ideas, concepts, situations or hypothetical ones about anything and then open it up to comments from your readers and visitors.  Often you may find that the comments offered by your readers will provide more value and insight into the topic.  Sometimes they prove you right or perhaps offer up an opinion in opposition, but either way it is a value added to your original blog post.

Another advantage of the Blog format is to have a place where you can post your in-depth articles and comments and then simply link back to them from other forums, newsgroups and online groups.  This makes posting into other areas a breeze as you can simply post links back to your supporting written words. 

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