Brief discussion of a curious 1965 study in which placebo pills were administered to 15 “neurotic” psychiatric patients, who were explicitly told that they were being given “sugar pills” with no therapeutic ingredients and nevertheless appeared to benefit from them.
Hypnotic pain control articles.
In talking with other hypnotherapists and psychotherapists it’s clear that many have only a small range of techniques and interventions to draw…
This article tries to explore ways of applying established evidence-based procedures for coping with stress (Stress Inoculation Training) to the problems of coping with stress or pain in relation to childbirth. It examines how methodologies based on basic research on stress and coping tend to emphasise elements largely overlooked in established natural childbirth methods.
This brief excerpt from an earlier article summarises specific examples of the main suggestions (and autosuggestions) used for coping with pregnancy and natural childbirth, derived from a survey of the hypnotherapy literature.
This article summarises the key points of a detailed review of research on hypnotic and non-hypnotic methods of relieving pain during childbirth by Ernest Hilgard from 1975.
This article outlines the role-taking theory of hypnosis as applied to hypnotic childbirth and describes ideas for developing hypnotic scripts.
This brief article contains some references to very early uses of hypnosis for childbirth from Albert Moll and then excerpts from a more detailed review of research in this area from Crasilneck and Hall’s textbook Clinical Hypnosis (1975).