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Ahlskog, G. (2018). Clinical Hypnosis Today. Psychoanal. Rev., 105(4):425-437.

(2018). Psychoanalytic Review, 105(4):425-437

Clinical Hypnosis Today

Gary Ahlskog, Ph.D.

Freud's objections to hypnosis have little relevance to modern approaches. Contemporary hypnosis has evolved beyond direct suggestion to include the suspending of critical thinking in order to allow the patient's unconscious mind to take over and make internal changes. Aspects of the author's experiences as a patient, trainee, and practitioner are noted by way of dispelling some common misunderstandings. The growing profession of hypnosis has support from research in neuroscience. A rapprochement with psychoanalysis may be possible.

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