The papers of this volume are illustrations of Erickson's early work on classical hypnotic phenomena such as amnesia, age regression, automatic writing, and literalness as well as the mental mechanisms involved in Freudian “psychopathology and dual personality.” In this clinical research Erickson frequently was responding to the Zeitgeist that surrounded him in his professional appointments in the 1930s and 1940s. While Erickson was able to use hypnosis to validate certain psychoanalytic conceptions of psychodynamics, he never identified himself as a partisan of any psychoanalytic school. Indeed, he often decried what he felt was a premature limitation and rigidification of our understanding of human nature in the belief system of most “true believers” of any “school.”
Table of Contents
The Investigation of a Specific Amnesia
Development of Apparent Unconsciousness During Hypnotic Reliving of a Traumatic Experience
Clinical and Experimental Observations on Hypnotic Amnesia: Introduction to an Unpublished Paper
The Problem of Amnesia in Waking and Hypnotic States
Varieties of Hypnotic Amnesia
Literalness: An Experimental Study
Literalness and the Use of Trance in Neurosis
Age Regression Introduction
Age Regression: Two Unpublished Fragments of a Student’s Study
Past Weekday Determination in Hypnotic and Waking States
On the Possible Occurrence of a Dream in an Eight-Month-Old Infant
The Successful Treatment of a Case of Acute Hysterical Depression by a Return Under Hypnosis to a Critical Phase of Childhood
Automatic Writing and Drawing
The Experimental Demonstration of Unconscious Mentation by Automatic Writing
The Use of Automatic Drawing in the Interpretation and Relief of a State of Acute Obsessional Depression
The Translation of the Cryptic Automatic Writing of One Hypnotic Subject by Another in a Trancelike Dissociated State
Experimental Demonstrations of the Psychopathology of Everyday Life
Demonstration of Mental Mechanisms by Hypnosis
Unconscious Mental Activity in Hypnosis: Psychoanalytic Implications
Negation or Reversal of Legal Testimony
The Permanent Relief of an Obsessional Phobia by Means of Communication with an Unsuspected Dual Personality
The Clinical Discovery of a Dual Personality
Findings on the Nature of the Personality Structures in Two Different Dual Personalities by Means of Projective and Psychometric Tests
The Implicit Processing Heuristic Scale
The Indirect Trance Assessment Scale (ITAS)
Exploratory Association Study between Catechol-O-Methyltransferase (COMT) High/Low Enzyme Activity Polymorphism and Hypnotizability: Pesach Lichtenberg, Rachel Bachner-Melman, Inga Gritsenko, and Richard P. Ebstein
Hypnotic Susceptibility: Multidimensional Relationships with Cloninger’s Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire, COMT Polymorphisms, Absorption, and Attentional Characteristics: Pesach Lichtenberg, Rachel Bachner-Melman, Richard P. Ebstein, and Helen J. Crawford
Roxanna Erickson Klein, RN, PhD, is a registered nurse for more than 40 years, Roxanna has a passion for the interface for psychological and physical medicine. She has special training in the treatment of recovery from chemical dependency and is currently working on a license in counseling.
Ernest L. Rossi, PhD, is an internationally renowned therapist, teacher and pioneer in the psychobiology of mind-body healing. The author of more than 24 professional books, Dr. Rossi worked with Milton Erickson for eight years and co-authored three classic volumes on therapeutic hypnosis with him. Rossi has also edited four volumes of Erickson's Collected Papers and four volumes of Erickson's Seminars, Workshops and Lectures. He has been conducting research in the psychosocial genomics of ultradian rhythms and their relation to mind-body healing and psychotherapy for over three decades.
Kathryn Rossi, Ph.D, is a licensed psychologist and certified yoga instructor (RYT 500). She recently co-edited the 16-volume Collected Works of Milton H. Erickson. She and Ernest Rossi are in private practice in Los Osos, Calif.
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