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.

Can You Really Sleep Away Your Fears?

By Marc Schoen Ph.D. on April 23, 2014 in 5 Cents: The Doctor Is In
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could just sleep away our fears? It’s no secret that fear increases pain and suffering from any health problem. What if there was a way to conquer our fears that involved nothing more taxing than lying down calmly to sleep at night?

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?

An Overview of Agoraphobia and its Treatment

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on December 01, 2013 in Fighting Fear
An overview of the development and treatment of agoraphobia, including a personal account.

Building Healthy Self-Esteem

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on August 05, 2013 in The Integrationist
Nearly everyone has something they'd like to change about themselves. When our insecurities interfere with our ability to accept who we are, however, it’s time to address the issues head on. Understanding what you truly value, and living in accordance with those values, can help put things in perspective and provide a healthier barometer for self worth.

101 Great Insights from Psych 101

Whether a student of psychology or just a fan, this quick review of Psych 101's greatest insights will take you from the basics of what psychology is all about through neuroscience, emotions, motivation, development, dreams, personality, abnormal, social, and more through quick summaries from the classics to findings hot off the psychology presses.

"Narcoanalytics" Order in Aurora Massacre Case Unprecedented

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on March 19, 2013 in Witness
A judge's order that the Aurora Colorado mass shooting suspect undergo a "narcoanalytic interview" has legal observers scratching their heads.

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

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on March 18, 2013 in The Integrationist
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!

Clinical Trials

By Candy Gunther Brown Ph.D. on March 18, 2013 in Testing Prayer
When I began asking whether prayer for healing produces any empirical effects, I quickly ran into difficulties finding adequate data. I decided to collaborate with medical researchers to conduct a new clinical trial. Testing hearing and vision fit our criteria.

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.

Open Letter: The Need for Ethical Accountability in APA

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on September 19, 2012 in Dangerous Ideas
In this open letter, two psychologists call upon the president of the American Psychological Association to make sure that psychologists implicated in torture and prisoner abuse are held accountable by the APA's Ethics Office.

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.

Six Questions To Help You Keep Your Cool -- Instead of Losing Your Temper.

By Gretchen Rubin on January 06, 2011 in The Happiness Project
One of my worst faults is my tendency to “snap” – to react sharply, in a minor but harsh way. This trait clouds my happiness and the happiness of everyone who feels the lash. The conventional advice for mastering your temper is to “Count to 10” before reacting. My problem is that, in the difficult moment, it never occurs to me to count to ten.

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.

Self-affirmation and the limits of common-sense psychology

Sociologist Augustine Brannigan (2004) called for a moratorium on experimental social psychology. He argued that some classic experiments were flawed and that the findings were useless. I dispute Brannigan's claims by using a recent study on the effect of self-affirmation as an illustration.

Michael Jackson, Truth Serum, and False Memories

I do not know whether Michael Jackson ever molested a child. I do know, however, that recent press coverage of the sexual abuse charges against Jackson has typically omitted one crucial fact.  
Get Creative, Lose Weight, Find Flow & Happiness

Get Creative, Lose Weight, Find Flow & Happiness

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 25, 2009 in Creating in Flow
Janice Taylor specializes in helping people lose weight and transform their lives, and she does crafts. And she no longer has a weight problem because doing creative stuff pulls her into flow and away from food....