The myth of hypnosis: the need for remythification.

  • Joseph Meyerson
  • Published 2014 in
    The International journal of clinical and…


Myths or misconceptions concerning hypnosis are regarded among the major barriers to effective implementation of hypnosis. Contemporary hypnotherapists are expected to elicit patients' misconceptions and to provide explanations that distinguish between mystical and scientific perceptions of hypnosis and that offer a picture of the state of the art of hypnosis. Dealing with misconceptions on a rational and cognitive level seems to have the ability to change a patient's conscious knowledge and understanding of hypnosis. Nevertheless, deeply rooted and emotionally saturated misbeliefs with historical-cultural origins still prevail. This article focuses on the prehypnotic phase of therapy and proposes remythification to deal with the myth of hypnosis. This approach aims to promote the hypnotherapeutic process by utilizing myth-related misconceptions.

DOI: 10.1080/00207144.2014.901090

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@article{Meyerson2014TheMO, title={The myth of hypnosis: the need for remythification.}, author={Joseph Meyerson}, journal={The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis}, year={2014}, volume={62 3}, pages={378-93} }