Specificity of attitude hypothesis in psychosomatic medicine: a re-examination.

  title={Specificity of attitude hypothesis in psychosomatic medicine: a re-examination.},
  author={Joyce E. Peters and Robert M. Stern},
  journal={Journal of psychosomatic research},
  volume={15 2},
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Effects of relaxation therapy and hypnotizability in chronic urticaria.

The therapeutic results of hypnosis with relaxation therapy were evaluated in patients with chronic urticaria, finding that hypnotizable subjects had fewer hives and became more symptomatic during the control session, while nonhypnotizable subjects more frequently related stress as a causative factor.


Abstract The present study is a further investigation of the hypothesis proposed by Reid and Curtsinger (1968) that hypnosis involves changes in peripheral vasomotor responses and skin temperature.

Biofeedback as therapy in Raynaud's disease

The following dimensions of Raynaud's disease are reviewed: (a) etiological factors, particularly those of a psychological nature, (b) proposed biological mechanisms of vasospastic episodes, (c)

Behavioral and Psychophysiological Aspects of Raynaud’s Disease

Maurice Raynaud (39) provided the first accurate clinical description of the condition that now bears his name: Madame X, aged 26 years, has never been ill; but she has been the subject since

Peripheral skin temperature responses to hot and cold suggestions.

When hypnotized, Ss tended to maintain a constant temperature throughout the suggestion period, while, when given “method acting” instructions, peripheral temperature tended to increase.

Psychologische Verfahren zur Behandlung der essentiellen Hypertonie

Die Bezeichnung „essentielle Hypertonie“ verdeutlicht, das keine klar feststellbare Ursache der Erkrankung bekannt ist, aber das gefahrliche Ausmas der Verbreitung dieser „Jahrhundertseuche“ vor allem in der industrialisierten Welt ist.

Stress and disease.

  • J. Birley
  • Medicine
    Journal of psychosomatic research
  • 1972



Physiological Response to the Suggestion of Attitudes Specific for Hives and Hypertension

A specificity‐of‐attitude hypothesis for psychosomatic disease was tested experimentally by means of hypnotic suggestion of attitudes, and mean change, maximal rise, and rate of change of skin temperature during the hives suggestion were significantly greater than the corresponding changes during the hypertension suggestion.

Experimental Investigation of the Specificity of Attitude Hypothesis in Psychosomatic Disease

Correlation with available cardiovascular data suggests that the pre‐experimental skin cooling was part of an “anxiety” response, and the results of the experiment are in conformity with the predictions of the “specificity of attitude” hypothesis.

Physiological changes associated with hypnosis: the effect of hypnosis on temperature.

  • A. ReidG. Curtsinger
  • Medicine, Psychology
    The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis
  • 1968
It was concluded that neutral hypnosis is generally accompanied by an increase in oral and skin temperature, which subsided after termination of the trance.

Physiological Responses of Unhypnotized Subjects to Attitude Suggestions

Two attitude suggestions made to unhypnotized subjects were made in an attempt to produce physiological changes similar to those obtained previously with hypnotized subjects, and rating scales indicated that subjects interpreted the suggestions correctly and were equally but only mildly aroused by them.

Relationship of Specific Attitudes and Emotions to Certain Bodily Diseases

A prominent psychoanalytic point of view, which could in some instances be combined with the preceding, is that the common denominator in individuals with the same disease is a "nuclear conflict" or "dynamic configuration" unique to the disease in question.

Physiological Effects During Hypnotically Requested Emotions

&NA; It was demonstrated that consistent physiological changes occur in response to hypnotically requested emotions, but that similar changes occur just as readily during waking control conditions,

Measuring “Hypnotic-Like” Suggestibility with and without “Hypnotic Induction”; Psychometric Properties, Norms, and Variables Influencing Response to the Barber Suggestibility Scale (BSS)

The present monograph presents three sets of data related to an instrument, the Barber Suggestibility Scale (BSS), that was constructed to fulfill this aim and indicates that findings obtained with the BSS can be generalized to other types of test-suggestions.