Hypnosis Essential Reads

The Wonderful Wizarding World of Hypnosis with Children

By Laurence Irwin Sugarman M.D. on July 14, 2015 in On and Off the Spectrum
Rowling's Harry Potter saga parallels the the professional world of clinical hypnosis. The best part of hypnosis with children is that they are sorcerers. We are the apprentices.

ART in ASD, Part One

By Laurence Irwin Sugarman M.D. on June 23, 2015 in On and Off the Spectrum
Could imbalance in the autonomic nervous system explain the complexity and heterogeneity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Could teaching kids and families affected by ASD skills in autonomic regulation broadly improve comfort and functioning? This is the first of three blog posts on our work at the Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation at RIT.

When Seconds Turn Into Minutes

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on January 18, 2014 in Out of the Darkness
It's extremely common for accidents and other moments of sudden shock to bring an extreme slowing down of time. Is this an evolutionary adaptation, or simply what happens when we shift into a different mode of consciousness?

9 Tools for (Finally!) Kicking Procrastination to the Curb

I, too, was once a world-class procrastinator. Here are my 9 favorite, time-tested tools for conquering procrastination, remaining focused, and getting things done!

Are You Hypnotizable?

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on February 11, 2013 in The Integrationist
Hypnosis is a state of enhanced inner focus and can be a valuable tool for modulating pain, nausea, and other physical symptoms, decreasing anxiety, and breaking bad habits, among other things. But what makes some people more hypnotizable than others?

The Truth About Hypnosis

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on January 29, 2013 in Think Well
Have you ever seen a hypnotist amaze and entertain an audience by hypnotizing volunteers and making them do amusing things? Well, then you've never witnessed actual hypnosis.

The Borders Surrounding Our Conscious World

By Daniel Bor Ph.D on July 20, 2012 in Pyramids of Meaning
When we look at a scene are we conscious of everything in our sight, or just the object we focus on? Where are the boundaries of conscious perception? And what does this tell us about the nature and purpose of consciousness?

The How-Tos of Hypnosis

Hypnosis is one of psychology’s most fascinating and mysterious topics. This primer in its basics will give you the tools to help you learn how to make it work for you.

Freud’s Not Dead; He’s Just Really Hard to Find

Freud’s work lives on in many areas of contemporary research, teaching, and practice.

When Plasticity Poses a Problem

By Eric Newhouse on March 22, 2012 in Invisible Wounds
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a neuroplastic disorder par excellence because it completely rewires a victim's brain. But there are some therapies that can layer good memories over the bad ones and alleviate many of the symptoms.

Recovering From “Cry It Out” Parenting as an Adult

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 18, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
Did your parents undercare for you? Did you live in a hostile family environment for emotional expression? I did. My physical, mental and social health were affected and here are some things I did to heal myself.

The Top 10 Psychology Myths

Read the truth about psychology's most famous legends, including whether Skinner's daughter was raised in a "Skinner box," and whether déjà vu really exists. This Top 10 list will help you join the psychology myth-buster team.

A Mind-Body Approach to Dermatology Conditions

By Robert London MD on September 15, 2010 in Two-Minute Shrink
Psychiatrists and psychologists trained in mind-body approaches to health can play a key role in helping patients with such conditions as eczema, psoriasis, and neurodermatitis. Using creative visualizing and cognitive techniques, a trained professional can help such patients recover faster from debilitating skin problems.

Playing Dead As A Defense Against Angry Bears And Rapists

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on July 29, 2010 in Animals and Us
The evolutionary connection between our reactions to being attacked by a grizzly bear and by a sexual predator has important implications for both the law and clinical psychology.

Clinical Hypnosis Enhances Treatment

By Michael D Yapko Ph.D. on January 04, 2010 in The Social Side of Depression

7 Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

By Connie Bennett MSJ, CHHC, CPC, on December 01, 2009 in Smart Habits of Highly Successful People
While ‘tis the season to be merry, for many of us, it’s also a season for stress, anxiety and angst, which leads us to behave in ways we’re sure to regret later.