SELF-CONTROL IN HYPNOSIS AND A REGRESSIVE TRANSFERENCELIKE ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE HYPNOTIST (Onkontroll hipnozisban es a hipnotizor iranti atteteles viszonyulas)
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In the present research the changing of self-control in hypnosis was studied, comparing experiential and behavioral aspects of resistance. In this study the relationship between a regressive, transference-like attitude towards the hypnotist (archaic involvement) and self-control was analysed. In an experiment subjects first participated in a usual group hypnosis with test suggestions, then in another session, in which immediately after arrival, participants were requested to resist the suggestions (that were the same as before) without the hypnotist's awareness of this request. In the course of both hypnosis sessions the passing of the suggestions was scored both by the subjects and by independent observers. The relationship between the archaic involvement measure and the motivation and ability for resistance, the experience of resistance and the involuntariness of hypnotic behavior were measured as well. The results indicate that in a situation of resistance only superficial positive regressive attitude towards the hypnotist is developed; but this situation seems to be favourable for the negative aspects of transference. The deeper the positive archaic involvement (primarily the dependence from the hypnotist and the fear of the hypnotist's negative judgment), the subjects took less effort to resist the suggestions, and they were less able to resist as well. In the meantime, they usually felt that their behavior was involuntary, not directed by themselves. Subjects highly susceptible to hypnosis can be especially inclined to relive their early relationships in relation to the hypnotist so intensively that, neglecting all other aspects, they behave primarily according to the hypnotist's suggestions.
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