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February 1959

Freud and Hypnosis: The Interaction of Psychodynamics and Hypnosis.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(2):267-268. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340140133021

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This volume is by a psychologist who is one of the most prolific writers on the current hypnotic scene.

It is divided into three parts. The first, which is really the only one to which the title refers, is essentially a polemic. It inveighs against psychoanalysts and psychoanalysis for allegedy deriding hypnosis as a phenomenon and obstructing its investigation. It chides analysts for basing their attitudes toward hypnosis on what Freud had to say about it in a much earlier stage of its development, and bids them emulate him and admit that it is an enigma which they fear to approach. It turns the analyst's weapons back on him by arguing that analysts fear and will not work with hypnosis because the hypnotic subject can unconsciously perceive the analyst's anxieties, failings, etc., and because they shrink from dealing with the explosive interpersonal relationships engendered in the hypnotic situation. Since the

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