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Rosner, A.A. (1960). Hypnosis and Related States. Psychoanalytic Studies in Regression: By Merton M. Gill, M. D. and Margaret Brenman, Ph. D. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1959. 405 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 29:244-249.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:244-249

Hypnosis and Related States. Psychoanalytic Studies in Regression: By Merton M. Gill, M. D. and Margaret Brenman, Ph. D. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1959. 405 pp.

Review by:
Albert A. Rosner

Interest in the psychoanalytic process far exceeds interest in the hypnotic process. Indeed, resistance to hypnosis is implicit in the history of psychoanalysis. Freud abandoned hypnosis for clinical reasons, but also it made him uncomfortable. Resistance to hypnosis on the part of the patient—according to one hypothesis—is the basic conflict about which the psychoanalytic process revolves. However, to consider the hypnotic process solely as a resistance minimizes its phenomenological significance and its natural place among other established activities of the psychic apparatus. When considered from the structural, dynamic, economic, genetic, and adaptive points of view, the phenomenology of hypnosis and the vicissitudes to which it is subject may be expected to emerge in proper perspective, free of prejudicial encumbrances.

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