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Smoking Decreased After Hypnosis

Smoking Decreased After Hypnosis Abstract To the Editor.— Cigarette smoking is a major health problem and many methods have been proposed to help people break this habit.1 Hypnosis is one method that some claim can be used for this purpose. However, patients as well as physicians may be uncertain as to what extent this is true, and if it is true, what factors intrinsic to the person being hypnotized and to the hypnotic situation itself are crucial. Therefore, an attempt was made to determine (1) whether hypnosis could indeed be used to decrease smoking, (2) if so, whether persons responsive to hypnotic suggestions to smoke less could be identified a priori, and (3) whether instructions given after "trance-inducing" procedures would be superior to suggestions given in a wakening state. Method.— To find out whether persons who might be responsive to hypnotic suggestions to smoke less could be identified a priori, the Harvard Group Scale References 1. Bernstein DA: The modification of smoking behavior: An evaluative review . Psychol Bull 71:418-440, 1969.Crossref 2. Shore RE, Orne EC: Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility (Form A) . Palo Alto, Calif, Consulting Psychologists Press, 1962. 3. Hoinville GW, Biggs HW: Establishing smoking habits in retrospect . Statistician 16:23-43, 1966.Crossref 4. Hilgard ER, Weitzenhoffer AM, Gough P: Individual differences in susceptibility to hypnosis . Proc Nat Acad Sci USA 49:1255-1259, 1958.Crossref 5. Barber TX: The necessary and sufficient conditions for hypnotic behavior . Am J Clin Hypn 3:31-34, 1960.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of General Psychiatry American Medical Association

Smoking Decreased After Hypnosis

Archives of General Psychiatry , Volume 37 (10) – Oct 1, 1980

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1980 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-990X
eISSN
1598-3636
DOI
10.1001/archpsyc.1980.01780230118019
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.— Cigarette smoking is a major health problem and many methods have been proposed to help people break this habit.1 Hypnosis is one method that some claim can be used for this purpose. However, patients as well as physicians may be uncertain as to what extent this is true, and if it is true, what factors intrinsic to the person being hypnotized and to the hypnotic situation itself are crucial. Therefore, an attempt was made to determine (1) whether hypnosis could indeed be used to decrease smoking, (2) if so, whether persons responsive to hypnotic suggestions to smoke less could be identified a priori, and (3) whether instructions given after "trance-inducing" procedures would be superior to suggestions given in a wakening state. Method.— To find out whether persons who might be responsive to hypnotic suggestions to smoke less could be identified a priori, the Harvard Group Scale References 1. Bernstein DA: The modification of smoking behavior: An evaluative review . Psychol Bull 71:418-440, 1969.Crossref 2. Shore RE, Orne EC: Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility (Form A) . Palo Alto, Calif, Consulting Psychologists Press, 1962. 3. Hoinville GW, Biggs HW: Establishing smoking habits in retrospect . Statistician 16:23-43, 1966.Crossref 4. Hilgard ER, Weitzenhoffer AM, Gough P: Individual differences in susceptibility to hypnosis . Proc Nat Acad Sci USA 49:1255-1259, 1958.Crossref 5. Barber TX: The necessary and sufficient conditions for hypnotic behavior . Am J Clin Hypn 3:31-34, 1960.Crossref

Journal

Archives of General PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 1, 1980

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