Some people have strong negative attitudes toward hypnosis, precluding its use. Clinical Hypnosis and Self-Regulation: Cognitive-Behavioral Perspectives presents a cognitive-behavioral perspective on the use of hypnotic suggestion in psychotherapy and attempts to break down the barriers that have inhibited clinicians from using a powerful, empirically validated clinical tool. Readers will gain exposure to the cutting edge of hypnosis theory, the ways in which suggestibility can be measured and enhanced, the integration of suggestive procedures with cognitive-behavioral interventions, and the use of suggestion with people whose negative attitudes preclude the use of hypnosis. Readers will also find in this volume the empirical base of the theories and procedures that are presented.

Table of Contents


Clinical Hypnosis and Self-Regulation: An Introduction

I. Hypnosis: Cognitive–Behavioral Perspectives

  1. A Comprehensive Three-Dimensional Theory of Hypnosis
    —Theodore Xenophon Barber
  2. Hypnotic Involuntariness and the Automaticity of Everyday Life
    —Irving Kirsch and Steven Jay Lynn
  3. Hypnotic Responding: A Cognitive–Behavioral Analysis of Self-Deception
    —Donald R. Gorassini
  4. Whither Hypnosis? A Rhetorical Analysis
    —Theodore R. Sarbin
II. Measurement and Modification of Hypnotic Responsiveness
  1. Measures of Hypnotic Responding
    —James R. Council
  2. The Carleton Skill Training Program for Modifying Hypnotic Suggestibility: Original Version and Variations
    —Donald R. Gorassini and Nicholas P. Spanos
III. Applications of Hypnosis: Techniques and Procedures
  1. A Multimodal Framework for Clinical Hypnosis
    —Arnold A. Lazarus
  2. Clinical Hypnosis as a Nondeceptive Placebo
    —Irving Kirsch
  3. Applying Hypnosis in Pain Management: Implications of Alternative Theoretical Perspectives
    —John F. Chaves
  4. Hypnosis and the Treatment of Smoking Cessation and Weight Loss
    —Joseph P. Green
  5. Hypnosis and Forensic Psychology
    —Graham F. Wagstaff
IV. Self-Regulation Therapy
  1. Self-Regulation Therapy: Suggestion Without Hypnosis
    —Salvador Amigó
  2. Applications of Emotional Self-Regulation Therapy
    —Antonio Capafons

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Irving Kirsch, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Kirsch is the North American Editor of Contemporary Hypnosis and a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, and Hypnosis International Monographs. A former president of the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychological Hypnosis, Dr. Kirsch is an author or editor of 5 books, 28 book chapters, and more than 100 journal articles on placebo effects, hypnosis, psychotherapy, the history of psychology, and the philosophy of science. His work has appeared in the American Psychologist, Psychological Bulletin, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Psychological Science, and other leading journals.

Antonio Capafons, PhD, is a professor of psychology in the Department of Personality, Assessment, and Psychological Treatments at the University of Valencia, Spain. Dr. Capafons has created rapid self-hypnosis and awake–active hypnotic induction methods that allow the use of suggestions in an alert–awake state. He has also helped to develop the emotional self-regulation therapy created by Salvador Amigó. Dr. Capafons's work is based on empirical research, and the goals of this research are to improve the effectiveness and efficacy of hypnosis as adjunct to cognitive–behavioral approaches, focusing mainly on suggestions given while the client is in an active and alert state.

Etzel Cardeña-Buelna, PhD, was born and raised in Mexico. Dr. Cardeña-Buelna is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, of its Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis), and of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. His theoretical and empirical work has garnered various awards, including the Early Career Achievement Award from Division 30. Besides phenomenological and cross-cultural aspects of hypnosis, Dr. Cardeña-Buelna has worked extensively on dissociation and trauma and the dissociative disorders

Salvador Amigó, PhD, is a professor at the University of Valencia, Spain, and director of the Clinic for the Investigation and Treatment of Psychological Stress. Dr. Amigó is the creator of self-regulation therapy, a treatment approach based on the cognitive–behavioral view of hypnosis. He is actively engaged in clinical practice and in research on the use of this approach to treatment.

Reviews & Awards

Clinicians who use hypnosis will learn a great deal from this book that could inform their practice. The theories described could, in particular, encourage practitioners to reflect on their own use of suggestions and hopefully evaluate the effectiveness of their hypnotic interventions in the knowledge of theories.
—Contemporary Psychology, Vol 16, No 3, 1999