Forging ahead: the 2003 APA Division 30 definition of hypnosis

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2005 Jul;53(3):259-64. doi: 10.1080/00207140590961321.


The article describes the rationale for and the process of developing a new definition of hypnosis by the Society of Psychological Hypnosis, Division 30 of the American Psychological Association. Both theoretical and practical implications led to the production of the definition, which is targeted toward informing clinicians, researchers, and the lay public alike. The definition is presented at the conclusion of the article.

MeSH terms

  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / methods*
  • Imagination
  • Psychological Theory
  • Societies, Scientific*
  • Suggestion
  • Terminology as Topic*