An Interactional Explanation of Hypnosis

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2015;63(4):422-43. doi: 10.1080/00207144.2015.1062696.


In this paper, the author offers what he sees as a new approach to understanding or defining hypnosis. Drawing from his work with Gregory Bateson, John Weakland, Don Jackson, and Bill Fry, Haley emphasizes the relational communicative aspect of trance. Noting the inherent difficulty of studying subjective experience, Haley highlights again the importance of communication and the therapist-patient relationship.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Classical Article
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / history*

Personal name as subject

  • Jay Haley