Empirical evidence for a theory of “hypnotic” behavior: the suggestibility-enhancing effects of motivational suggestions, relaxation-sleep suggestions, and suggestions that the S will be effectively “hypnotized”1


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    This research was supported by a grant (MH-07003) from the National Institute of Mental Health, United States Public Health Service

  • We are indebted to the following nursing supervisors for co-operation in obtaining subjects Doris Ljungberg of Hahnemann Hospital of Worcester, Gertrude Poskitt and Constance Sherman of Westboro State Hospital, Mildred O'Brien, Margaret Gerard, and Myra Dand of Worcester City Hospital, and Helen Curtis and Phyllis Olson of Memorial Hospital of Worcester We also wish to thank Lonnie Supnick for critically reading a preliminary draft of the manuscript