The Hypnotist in the Hypnosis Interaction: The Impact of First Impressions on Perceptions of Hypnotizability

Whitehead, Susanne, Noller, Patricia and Sheehan, Peter W. (2008) The Hypnotist in the Hypnosis Interaction: The Impact of First Impressions on Perceptions of Hypnotizability. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 56 4: 394-424. doi:10.1080/00207140802255393


Author Whitehead, Susanne
Noller, Patricia
Sheehan, Peter W.
Title The Hypnotist in the Hypnosis Interaction: The Impact of First Impressions on Perceptions of Hypnotizability
Formatted title
The Hypnotist in the Hypnosis Interaction:
The Impact of First Impressions on Perceptions of Hypnotizability
Journal name International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-5183
0020-7144
Publication date 2008-10-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00207140802255393
Open Access Status
Volume 56
Issue 4
Start page 394
End page 424
Total pages 31
Editor Arreed Franz Barabasz
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Hypnotist perceptions of participant cues and behaviors were investigated in an in-depth phenomenological study focusing on the influence of participant hypnotizability and hypnotist style. Two hypnotists and 124 participants (63 hypnotizable and 61 nonhypnotizable) took part. Two modifications of the Experiential Analysis Technique (EAT) were employed. One version involved a new modification where both hypnotist and participant took part together in the EAT session. The second version involved the EAT with the hypnotist alone as per an existing modification of the technique. Results extend earlier work pointing to the active, sentient nature of hypnotist involvement and highlight the particular importance of first impressions in shaping hypnotists' perceptions of participant hypnotizability. Results point to difficulties inherent in the hypnotist role. Findings overall support devoting increased attention to the nature of hypnotists' involvement and its implications for understanding relational processes in hypnosis.
Keyword Experiential analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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