Who is a candidate for the procedure?
- decreasing the perception of pain, such as with
back pain, severe burns, or childbirth
- helping to treat certain behavioral conditions, such as
cigarette smoking, alcohol dependence, overeating, and insomnia
stressand symptoms often associated with stress
- Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scales. The therapist asks the person to complete 12 exercises. For example, the exercises may range from the person closing his or her eyes and falling forward, to imagining that they cannot lift a limb because it is too heavy.
- Barber Suggestibility Scale. This scale uses 8 tasks. A person is asked to imagine different scenarios or perform easy tasks when the therapist makes certain sounds. The more exercises a person can complete, the greater the ability to receive hypnotic suggestions.
- The Eye Roll Test. A person is asked to open his or her eyes and roll them up. Then he or she is asked to lower the eyelids without rolling the eyes down.
- The Light Test. A person is asked to gaze at a small spot of light in a dark room. The more frequently a person sees the light move, the more easily he or she can be hypnotized.
- The Lemon Test. A person is asked to imagine cutting and tasting a lemon. The more he or she responds by salivating, the greater the chance he or she can be hypnotized successfully.
How is the procedure performed?
- count backwards
- watch an item sway back and forth
- concentrate on the voice of the therapist
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