Publisher: Guilford Publications
Number of pages: 634
Weight: 1158 g
Dimensions: 241 x 165 x 38 mm
"A first-rate collection of the modern theories of how hypnosis is currently understood. Outstanding chapters from many of the best scientific and clinical theoreticians from around the world attempt to describe a phenomenon that has no universal common understanding. The reader who strives for his or her own understanding of how the mind works in the context of subtle yet powerful human interactions will find this book an indispensable resource for study and reflection. The scientist and clinician will find this book so up to date that the future of the field will seem to tumble from its pages. I thoroughly recommend it.'' --Peter B. Bloom, M.D.
"A thoughtful, vigorous, well-written, and serious examination of the intellectual state of hypnosis....It is a compilation of the recent thinking of many leading investigators and clinicians in the field. While we do not yet have an underlying theory of hypnosis, Theories of Hypnosis, in its very scope and scholarly tone, shows us why the field is mobilizing increasing amounts of intelligent attention.'' --David Speigel, M.D.
"This book is a remarkable achievement. For much too long our understanding of hypnosis has been limited by sectarian disagreement over the very nature of hypnosis. Theoreticians and researchers have banded together in armed camps which have often seemed more intent on disparaging the other fellow's theory than in advancing our conceptual framework. Theories of Hypnosis represents what is perhaps the beginning of a rapprochement....The list of authors reads like a veritable who's who of hypnosis theory and practice....The net effect is both comprehensive and stimulating. While the various theories are well represented, the juxtaposition of the various viewpoints makes for a lively and thought-provoking book which [is] a pleasure to read....Overall, the feeling is not so much that this book is timely as much as it is long overdue. One wonders how we have gotten along without it." --Peter Brown, M.D., FRCP (C)
"This book is a state-of-the-art review and discussion of the historical and current status of theory in hypnosis. There is available no other single volume which is so authoritative and thorough in its scope. The list of contributing authors resembles a roster of the most eminent modern workers in the field, thus insuring that the large number of presentations have been prepared by well regarded experts who are themselves actively engaged in hypnosis research and practice, even though the majority of the contributors are more identifiable as the former. The editors have achieved a noteworthy accomplishment by melding this multiplicity of views into a meaningful and well organized whole...Every serious practitioner and student of hypnosis should read this book. It will surely be a standard for years to come." --Melvin A. Gravitz, PhD, ABPP, ABPH, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University, review in Psychotherapy and Private Practice