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Psychodynamics and Hypnosis

Doris Gruenewald, PhD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;17(2):251-252. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730260123020.
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The concept of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool has undergone major revisions in recent years. Hypnotherapy today encompasses a variety of treatment approaches anchored in widely divergent theoretical orientations. Although hypnosis may be equally applicable in analytic and behavioral therapies, the nature of the hypnotic relationship brings modifications into the treatment structure which sets it off from nonhypnotic forms of therapy.

Psychodynamics and Hypnosis presents the reader with a number of conceptual frameworks within which hypnotic techniques can constitute the chief modality of treatment. Each of the seven contributors to this slim but compact volume is well known in his field, and each approaches the therapeutic use of hypnosis from a somewhat different theoretical point of view. Nevertheless, throughout the book runs a unifying thread that ties the divergent orientations together. All seven authors emphasize in one way or another the basic unity of


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