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IC04 Keynote 03 - Identity, Trance and Hypnosis: The Use of Extraordinary Experiences for Generative Change - Stephen Gilligan, PhD

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Keynotes |  Consciousness |  Naturalistic |  Hypnosis |  Trance |  Generative Psychotherapy
Erickson Congress |  Erickson Congress 2004
Stephen Gilligan, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 04, 2004
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The process of human growth and development occurs through a series of identity cycles. The transition from one identity level to the next is precipitated by extraordinary experiences, positive or negative in nature, that destabilize the ordinary state of consciousness. The result is a naturalistic trance or special learning state. If properly utilized, these trances lead to new, more evolved states of human being; but if not welcomed and received, violence and other forms of destructive pathology result. This address will examine this process in detail, and discuss implications for development at individual, group, and cultural levels.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe how trance is both a naturalistic and unavoidable psychobiological process.
  2. To describe hypnosis as one of basic social/psychological rituals for positively welcoming and guiding naturalistic trance.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Stephen Gilligan Ph.D., is a Psychologist in Encinitas, CA. He was one of the original NLP students at UC Santa Cruz; Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson were his mentors. After receiving his psychology doctorate from Stanford University, he became one of the premier teachers and practitioners of Ericksonian hypnotherapy. This work unfolded into his original approaches of Self-Relations and Generative Self, and then further (in collaboration with Robert Dilts) into Generative Coaching. These different traditions have all been updated and integrated into the present Generative Change Work, which includes the applications of Generative Coaching, Generative Psychotherapy, Generative Trance, Hero’s Journey, and Systemic Change work.