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June 1960

The Hypnoanalysis of an Anxiety Hysteria.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;2(6):712-713. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.03590120120018

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This book consists almost entirely of consecutive “verbatim” accounts, with capsule summary and evaluation at the end of each session of the seventy-eight hypotherapeutic sessions conducted at intervals of about one a week with a young physician who is labeled an anxiety hysteria. The sessions are replete with love, hate, sex, dreams, memories, and hypnotic maneuvers. The book suffers from a number of grave defects.

1. Whether it is really possible to conduct an analysis which conforms to the classical rule of nonintervention and at the same time employ hypnosis is a moot point. This book sheds no light on this question because a plethora of interactive techniques are employed. If the term “analysis” should be restricted to a technique which aims at minimizing, or at least standardizing and analyzing, the interpersonal interaction, the term “hypnoanalysis” is here a gross misnomer.

2. The failure to pay any attention to

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