Hypnosis has always captured the attention of some of the most creative thinkers in the field of psychology. Today, hypnosis and hypnotic phenomena are in the mainstream of clinical, cognitive, and social psychology, and practitioners can benefit from a wealth of research to guide their interventions.

In this second edition of the landmark Handbook of Clinical Hypnosis, editors Steven Jay Lynn, Judith Rhue, and Irving Kirsch have undertaken a significant revision to their classic text, first published over 15 years ago. It is divided into six sections:

  • Foundations and General Considerations, which includes chapters on the history of hypnosis and assessment of hypnotizability
  • Theories of Hypnosis, in which hypnosis is examined within the context of various therapeutic constructs
  • Hypnotic Techniques, which includes a how-to primer for therapists to conduct hypnotic sessions, and chapters about increasing suggestibility and integrating hypnosis with mindfulness strategies
  • Treating Psychological Problems and Populations, which discusses the use of hypnosis in treating a variety of psychological disorders
  • Health and Sport Psychology, which examines hypnotic interventions for pain control, surgery, and maximizing athletic performance
  • Issues and Extensions, which addresses, among other things, memory, education and training, and popular and cross-cultural conceptions of hypnosis

The Handbook of Clinical Hypnosis, Second Edition is the ultimate resource for clinicians, researchers, and anyone interested in the theory and practice of clinical hypnosis.

Table of Contents



I. Foundations and General Considerations

  1. An Introduction to Clinical Hypnosis
    —Steven Jay Lynn, Irving Kirsch, and Judith W. Rhue
  2. Il n'y a pas d'hypnotisme: A History of Hypnosis in Theory and Practice
    —Judith Pintar
  3. Hypnotizability Matters: The What, Why, and How of Measurement
    —Amanda J. Barnier and James R. Council
  4. Psychophysiological Foundations of Hypnosis and Suggestion
    —David A. Oakley and Peter W. Halligan

II. Theories of Hypnosis

  1. Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Models of Hypnoanalysis
    —Marlene R. Eisen
  2. Dissociation in Hypnosis: Theoretical Frameworks and Psychotherapeutic Implications
    —Pamela Sadler and Erik Woody
  3. The Cognitive–Behavioral Model of Hypnotherapy
    —Graham F. Wagstaff, Daniel David, Irving Kirsch, and Steven Jay Lynn
  4. An Ericksonian Model of Clinical Hypnosis
    —Stephen R. Lankton and William J. Matthews
  5. A Multimodal Framework and Clinical Hypnosis
    —Arnold A. Lazarus

III. Hypnotic Techniques

  1. Hypnotic Inductions: A Primer
    —Don E. Gibbons and Steven Jay Lynn
  2. "Waking" Hypnosis in Clinical Practice
    —Antonio Capafons and M. Elena Mendoza
  3. Hypnosis, Mindfulness, and Acceptance: Artful Integration
    —John C. Williams, Michael N. Hallquist, Sean M. Barnes, Alison S. Cole, and Steven Jay Lynn
  4. Enhancing Hypnotizability and Treatment Response
    —Jeffrey D. Gfeller and Donald R. Gorassini

IV. Treating Psychological Problems and Populations

  1. Hypnosis and the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
    —David I. Mellinger
  2. Hypnosis and Depression
    —Michael D. Yapko
  3. Hypnosis in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorders
    —David Spiegel
  4. Hypnosis and the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder
    —Gep Colletti, Steven Jay Lynn, and Jean-Roch Laurence
  5. Hypnosis in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa
    —Michael R. Nash and Elgan L. Baker
  6. Clinical Hypnosis With Children
    —Judith W. Rhue
  7. When Two is Better Than One: Hypnosis With Couples
    —Stephen Kahn

V. Health and Sport Psychology

  1. Hypnosis for Pain Control
    —David R. Patterson, Mark P. Jensen, and Guy H. Montgomery
  2. Hypnosis and Medicine
    —Nicholas A. Covino and Cornelia M. Pinnell
  3. Hypnosis During Invasive Medical and Surgical Procedures
    —Gloria Maria Martinez Salazar, Salamao Faintuch, Eleanor Laser, and Elvira Lang
  4. Hypnosis and Smoking Cessation: Research and Application
    —Joseph P. Green
  5. Hypnosis for Medically Unexplained Symptoms and Somatoform Disorders
    —Michael N. Hallquist, Amanda Deming, Abigail Matthews, and John F. Chaves
  6. Hypnosis, Exercise, and Sport Psychology
    —Aaron J. Stegner and William P. Morgan

VI. Issues and Extensions

  1. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever: Hypnosis in the Popular Imagination
    —Judith Pintar
  2. Training Issues in Hypnosis
    —David M. Wark and Peter B. Bloom
  3. Hypnosis and Memory: Theory, Laboratory Research, and Applications
    —Giuliana Mazzoni, Michael Heap, and Alan Scoboria
  4. The Cultural Context of Hypnosis
    —Etzel Cardeña and Stanley Krippner


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Steven Jay Lynn is a professor of psychology and director of the Psychological Clinic at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is a licensed psychologist and a diplomate (ABPP) in both clinical and forensic psychology, and he has served as a past president of the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychological Hypnosis.

Dr. Lynn has received the Chancellor's Award of the State University of New York for Scholarship and Creative Activities, and he serves on 11 editorial boards, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Dr. Lynn has published more than 260 articles and book chapters, as well as 18 books on the topics of psychotherapy, psychopathology, memory, and hypnosis.

His research has been featured in numerous media venues, including popular magazines, television programs, and film documentaries. His research program has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Judith W. Rhue is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has coedited four books, as well as numerous book chapters, papers, workshops and presentations. She maintains a clinical practice in addition to her teaching.

Irving Kirsch is a professor of psychology at the University of Hull. He has published 10 books and more than 200 scientific journal articles and book chapters on placebo effects, antidepressant medication, hypnosis, and suggestion. His meta-analyses on the efficacy of antidepressants have been covered extensively in the international media and have influenced the official guidelines for the treatment of depression in the United Kingdom. His most recent book, The Emperor's New Drugs, was published in the United Kingdom and Canada in 2009 and will be published in the United States in February 2010.