Don E. Gibbons, Ph.D., NJ Licensed Psychologist #03513
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hypnosis is Never What You Think

In view of the current debate about the underlying nature of hypnosis,, it might be relevant to cite Professor Frank Pajares' excellent outline and study guide  for Thomas S. Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,"  which has recently been published in its fiftieth anniversary edition. Of particular relevance are Pajares' notes on Chapter V, X, and the chapters which follow it.

Kuhn was frequently cited by Ted Barber, the leader of the non-state view of hypnosis, which is currently expressed in Theodore R. Sarbin's "Believed- in Imaginings: The Narrative Construction of Reality (Memory, Trauma, Dissociation, and Hypnosis)."

i got a good laugh (and an invitation to lunch) at a meeting of the American Psychological Association when, with Barber in the audience, I announced that many of the old-time hypnotists would no doubt regard me as a "Barberian!"

As Shakespeare said in his play, The Tempest, "The past is prologue" -- or, as a New York cab driver reportedly phrased it, "Brother, you ain't seen nothin' yet!"

Monday, November 28, 2016

Did Hitler Hypnotize the German People?

 Adolf Hitler was not a "hypnotist" in the popular sense of the term, because he did not use a formal induction. But he was definitely a master of using compounded conviction to re-define  their beliefs about who and where they are, and what is going on around them. Below, with English subtitles, is a brief speech in which Hitler boasts to his cheering supporters at a Nazi Party congress that he has destroyed every other political power in Germany -- and they loved it!

The most powerful suggestions were not made by Hitler himself, however, but by Deputy Fuehrer Rudolf Hess, who had introduced him. At the conclusion of Hitler's speech, when the frenzy had reached its height, Hess strode back to the podium and announced that the Nazi Party and Hitler are one, that Hitler is Germany, and Germany is Hitler, thus combining the entire German nation with the personality of a single egomaniac, who would use the power thus gained in an attempt to conquer the rest of the world. The video below shows the frenzied reception he received when he returned from Vienna after the successful annxarion of Austria.

When history had almost run its course, Josef Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister (who made the second cameo appearance in the top video above), was so taken in by the delusional system he himself had helped to create that he allowed his wife, Magda, to poison their seven children, and then he killed her before he himself committed suicide rather than continue to live and allow his children grow up in a world without National Socialism.

How could the German People have been willing to accept such madness? The Nazi Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering was interviewed at Nuremberg on April 18, 1946, after the destruction of the Third Reich was complete. The Nazis' abuses of the power of suggestion were laid bare when he stated, "Naturally, the common people don't want war, neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. . . . All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

Donald Trump has now picked a White nationalist hero as a top White House advisor, and we are being exposed to the same virus. America beware!

Print Sources

Gibbons, D. E., & Lynn, S. J. (2010). Hypnotic inductions: A primer. in S. J. Lynn, J. W. Rhue, & I. Kirsch (Eds.) Handbook of clinical hypnosis, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 267-291.  

Sarbin, T. R., & De Rivera, J. (1998),  Believed-in imaginings: The Narrative Consruction of Reality (Memory, Trauma, Dissociation, and Hypnosis) . Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.