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Age Regression

  1. Nicholas E. Brink

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0026

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Brink, N. E. 2010. Age Regression. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Coburn, PA

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Age regression, as a clinical hypnotic technique, leads clients in trance back through time to re-experience past events from their lives. Clinically, hypnotic age regression has been useful in uncovering information important to therapy. Classically, this technique has been used to uncover earlier traumatic experiences with the belief that the catharsis of reliving the experience is healing. Other therapies such as psychoanalysis also find the examination of earlier life experiences useful, but when hypnotic age regression is used, the emotions of the experience can be relived more vividly and efficiently.


  • analytic hypnotherapy;
  • affect bridge;
  • constructivist cognitive;
  • therapy;
  • childhood trauma;
  • post-traumatic stress