Don E. Gibbons, Ph.D., NJ Licensed Psychologist #03513
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Overcoming Fear of Death when Not Religious

Some non-religious people who are afraid of dying may find assuraance in the following video by a well-known brain researcher.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sometimes Therapists Just Talk Too Much!

When people are helplessly stuck, a sympathetic ear can often make all the difference.

Even  when the problem can be fixed, many people want understanding and sympathy first.

Often what they want most of all is validation.

And if you create enough expectancy for change, you may not need to say anything at all!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis to Manage Chronic Pain

Hypnosis and self hypnosis have been highly effective  in helping clients to manage chronic pain (Gibbons & Woods, 2016; Patterson, Jensen, & Montgomery, 2010). . For example, I recently had a client who suffered from severe pain and post-traumatic stress disorder from a near-fatal automobile accident. He had been prescribed several pain medications, which were not always effective. I saw him weekly at his home for three months, because the accident had left him totally disabled. I used a traditional hypnotic induction (Gibbons &amp Lynn, 2010), with suggestions of deep-muscle relaxation, followed by repeated deepening combined with suggestions of anesthesia and well-being, with post-hypnotic suggestions that the effects would continue. I also taught him self-hypnosis in order to continue these suggestions after his formal treatment was completed.. He reported that these procedures were highly effective when used in combination with his prescribed medication.

The client and his wife have remained in occasional contact. In our most recent telephone conversation, two years after the hypnotic suggestions were incorporated into his pain management  program,  He reported that although some pain sensations remained after taking his medication, the combination of prescribed medication plus hypnotic suggestions provided a considerable amount of relief, and he was able to resume most of his daily activities without discomfort.


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.

Gibbons, D. E., &; Woods, K. T. Virtual reality hypnosis.  Amazon Books, 2016. 

Patterson, D. R., Jensen, M. P., & Montgomery, G.H. (2010). Hypnosis for pain control. in S. J. Lynn, J. W. Rhue, &; I. Kirsch (Eds.) Handbook of clinical hypnosis, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 521-550.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

How Hypnosis Saved My Life

I used to think that my interest in hypnosis sprang from the fact that I "hit it just right" in my mid teens with the first person I ever hypnotized, a skeptical seventh grader. But why had I already been reading books on hypnosis, and how did I know enough to hypnotize him in the first place?

Now, I recall that when I was four years old, I developed a potentially life-threatening throat and ear infection which, in those days before antibiotics, required me to remain in bed for six months. In order to quiet my restlessness, my mother read to me each day for several hours, until her throat was sore. At that age, it did not matter how often I had heard a particular story before, I was still clamoring to hear it again. Although my mother did not realize it at the time, she was placing me in a trance-like state as she endlessly read to me from Grimm's Fairy Tales, A Child's Garden of Verse, and similar childhood classics to keep me quet.

By the time I rhad tecovered from my infection, I was acutely aware of the power of words to transcend reality, even if I was too young to verbalize it; and many decades were to pass before I could have a hand in describing this process to others  (see Gibbons & Lynn, 2008).

As far as individuals are concerned, hypnosis is essentially an artistic medium which depends for its effectiveness upon the personality and circumstances of each client we encounter, exactly as it had been with me as a child. The stories I was told in hypnosis, such as the parable of the hare and the tortoise, and the little engine that could, enabled me to complete the long trek to the Ph.D.(de Rivera & Sarbin, 1998) in spite of setbacks too numerous to mention -- and this early stimulation of my imagination, I believe, is what made the work relatively easy,


Gibbons, D. E., & Lynn, S. J. (2008). Hyonotic inductions: A primer. In Ruhe, J. W., Lynn, S. J., & Kirsch, I. (Eds.) Handbook of clinical hypnosis, 2nd ed. Wqshington, DC: American Psychological Assn.

de Rivera, Joseph & Sarbin, T. R. (Eds.) (1998). Believed-in imaginings: The narrative construction of reality. Washington, DC: American Psychological Assn.,