The Phenomenology of Hypnotic Interactions


Katalin Varga
Head of the Center for Affective Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University

Series: Psychiatry – Theory, Applications and Treatments, Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: MED105000

Researchers from the Budapest Hypnosis Laboratory approach hypnosis as an interactional process, a special encounter between hypnotist and subject. That means that not only the subject but the hypnotist is also studied at a multilevel approach. Katalin Varga and her colleagues extended the concept of interactional synchrony to the phenomenological data. In this book, methodological developments and results are presented, as are special techniques of eliciting subjective reports, paper/pencil tests suitable for interactional use, and ways to analyze interrelating phenomenological data.

The special possibilities of the interactional approach of phenomenological data are exemplified by recent empirical results, including non-hypnotic interactions. All of these empirical results seem to add special new possibilities to the understanding of hypnosis in particular, and human dyadic interactions in general. The book encourages researchers to follow this interactional approach and methodology. Though the book is based on experimental hypnosis sessions with healthy volunteers, but many clinical implications and clinically relevant findings are also presented. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. Introduction: Conceptual Framework

Part I: Synchrony in Dyadic Interactions

Chapter 2. The concept of “Interaction Synchrony”

Chapter 3. Models of Approach of the Dynamic Characteristics of Relationships

Chapter 4. The Methodology of Studying Interactional Synchrony

Chapter 5. The Function and Consequences of Interactional Synchrony

Part II: The Hypnotic Interaction

Chapter 6. Hypnosis as a Model of Dyadic Interactions, and Hypnotic Interaction as an Independent Topic

Chapter 7. The Hypnotic Relationship as Social Support

Chapter 8. The Approach of the Relational Dimension in the Clinical Situation

Part III: The Phenomenology of the Hypnotic Relationship

Chapter 9. The Relationship between the Behavioral and Subjective Indices of Hypnosis

Chapter 10. Development of Instrumentation

Chapter 11. Subjective Experience of the Hypnotists in the Hypnotic Interaction

Chapter 12. Can Experiences be Simulated?

Chapter 13. Characteristics of the Hypnotic Interaction as Compared to other Dyadic Situations

Part IV: Interactional Synchrony at the Experiential Level

Chapter 14. Imagination and Hypnotic Interaction

Chapter 15. Definition of Synchrony at the Level of Experiences

Part V: Special Possibilities of the Interactional Approach of the Phenomenological Data

Chapter 16. Phenomenology of Hypnosis Styles

Chapter 17. Phenomenological Patterns as a Function of Kinship

Chapter 18. Oxytocin System and Hypnotic Interaction

Part VI: Discussion, Outlook

Chapter 19. The Hypnotic Relationship as a Corrective Experience

Chapter 20. The Hypnotic Relationship as a Holding Force

Chapter 21. Summary




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