Don E. Gibbons, Ph.D., NJ Licensed Psychologist #03513
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

How Many Kinds of Trance Exist?

There are probably as many altered experiences of consciousness as it is possible to to conceive or to imagine, for each of these imagined experiences may be written up in the form of an induction procedure and presented to a sufficiently responsive partner, and that is exactly how they are going to feel. How many of these altered experiences of consciousness you care to label as hypnosis is up to you.

My evidence for that is hyperempiria. I didn't wait for another historical accident to come along to redefine the subjective experience of trance, as happened  in Mesmer's day, when people began to imitate the behavior of the retarded Victor Emmanuel and went to sleep instead of going into convulsions. I simply made it up! And it worked!  

I presented a standard hypnotic induction to one class, and a hyperempiric induction, based on suggestions of mind expansion and increased alertness, to another class, and compared the subsequent increase in responsiveness to suggestion between the two groups. There was no statistically significant difference between them -- both inductions had worked equally well. I coined the term hyperempiria from the ancient Greek word for "experience," wrote a book about it, and that was that.

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