Hypnosis as self-deception; meditation as self-insight

Dienes, Zoltan, Lush, Peter, Semmens-Wheeler, Rebecca, Parkinson, Jim, Scott, Ryan and Naish, Peter (2016) Hypnosis as self-deception; meditation as self-insight. In: Raz, Amir and Lifshitz, Michael (eds.) Hypnosis and meditation: towards an integrative science of conscious planes. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 107-128. ISBN 9780198759102

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Although meditation and hypnosis appear to be similar, both in skills demanded (e.g. imaginative involvement) and in their use as therapies, this chapter argues that the two are essentially different. Whereas mindfulness meditation aims to develop accurate meta-awareness, the hypnotic experience results from a lack of awareness of intentions; hypnosis is effectively a form of self-deception. The claim is supported by reviewing evidence that a) meditators are not very hypnotizable; b) highly hypnotizable people become aware of their intentions especially late while meditators have awareness especially early; and c) meditators show particularly strong intentional binding but highly hypnotizable people do not. We suggest that one path to high hypnotizability is hypofrontality.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
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Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 15:34
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2017 13:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61649

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