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April 1950

Medical Hypnosis.

Arch NeurPsych. 1950;63(4):679-680. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310220146015

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The first volume of this comprehensive work discusses the history, nature, technic and application of hypnosis, and the second volume, the use of hypnosis in short term psychotherapy.

Breuer and Freud discovered that hysterical patients under hypnosis revealed uneasy feelings associated with forgotten traumatic events and that the discharge of such feeling produced temporary relief. They then drew the conclusion that the hysterical symptoms corresponded to the abnormal direction of undischarged excitement (conversion). Freud clearly demonstrated the unconscious with hysterical patients under hypnosis; he uncovered feelings and memories for which there was no awareness in the conscious state. The carrying out after hypnosis of suggestions given during hypnosis allows of no other interpretation. Freud showed that repressed, unconscious feelings had a continuing dynamic effect on the personality. By the use of hypnotic suggestion the patient may discharge the emotional feelings unacceptable to his conscious self; but since the conscious self

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