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SCHIZOPHRENIA AND ALTERED STATES: ALTERED STATES AND THE HYPNOTIC PROCESSES

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
Hypnosis, one of the ancestors of modern psychology, is a method of altering states of consciousness or, rather, for getting around consciousness and accessing unconscious secondary processes. Spontaneous alterations of consciousness (i.e., of the primary process) as they occur in schizophrenia where the secondary process becomes primary and the earlier primary one becomes secondary are natural and meaningful conditions which one frequently finds in psychology and medicine. The following illustrate some examples of various processes which operate in hypnotic-like fashion. Seeing that these states occur in all of us will enable us to gain a greater appreciation for the reversals which occur in schizophrenia.
BECOMING A HYPNOTIST
A hypnotist can control, in Herr B.’s mind at least, the states of consciousness which he is subjected to. Hence, his interest in becoming a hypnotist is similar to the drive to become a psychiatrist or psychologist; one wants to understand and control what happens. If Herr BC does not learn how to do it consciously, then he will unconsciously slip into becoming a healer or a Jesus figure. Thus, in his normal state, the way he is now, he is asking for integration , of the experiences he had when he was in a psychotic episode.
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SCHIZOPHRENIA AND ALTERED STATES: ALTERED STATES AND THE HYPNOTIC PROCESSESHypnosis, one of the ancestors of modern psychology, is a method of altering states of consciousness or, rather, for getting around consciousness and accessing unconscious secondary processes. Spontaneous alterations of consciousness (i.e., of the primary process) as they occur in schizophrenia where the secondary process becomes primary and the earlier primary one becomes secondary are natural and meaningful conditions which one frequently finds in psychology and medicine. The following illustrate some examples of various processes which operate in hypnotic-like fashion. Seeing that these states occur in all of us will enable us to gain a greater appreciation for the reversals which occur in schizophrenia.BECOMING A HYPNOTISTA hypnotist can control, in Herr B.’s mind at least, the states of consciousness which he is subjected to. Hence, his interest in becoming a hypnotist is similar to the drive to become a psychiatrist or psychologist; one wants to understand and control what happens. If Herr BC does not learn how to do it consciously, then he will unconsciously slip into becoming a healer or a Jesus figure. Thus, in his normal state, the way he is now, he is asking for integration , of the experiences he had when he was in a psychotic episode.*62\227\8*