Questions relating to communication and metacommunication during two forms of directive psychotherapy (Schultz's autogenous training and hypnosis) are examined. The concept of rigidity and cognitive flexibility with regard to the physician-patient relationship is discussed: abstract-concrete dynamics, abstract generalisation of diagnosis, linguistic egocentricity, stereotypical adaptation to conventional language. Some attention is devoted to Heider's balance theory as the first approach to psychological understanding of the therapeutic relationship.
A three year experiment with group hypnosis therapy for the teaching of medical self-hypnosis is reported. The teaching was divided into 7 courses followed by a total of 142 pupil-patients. The self-hypnotic techniques employed maximised motivational and gratification factors. A special type of deep-breathing is also described. This at least partially solves the problem of inducing a sufficiently deep trance for the achievement of appreciable results. Its efficacity was confirmed in almost all the patients despite the number and diversity of their problems and varied motivation.
Zeitschrift Für Rechtsmedizin. Journal of Legal Medicine
Following the discussion of various hypnosis theories and taking into account physiological, psychological, and behavioral-sociological theory on the basis of five cases, the question of inability of intent in the sense of Paragraph 179 of the Penal Code is discussed, and resistance incapability is rejected.
Zhurnal Nevropatologii I Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova (Moscow, Russia: 1952)
A renal female patient treated by hemodialysis and suffering from phobic neurosis-like reactions in a situation of dialysis received staged psychotherapy that included explanatory and rational talks, hypnosis, and autogenic training. The individual choice of the psychotherapeutic procedure was based on the clinical evaluation of the premorbid personality traits and characteristics of psychosomatic disorders. Special attention was focused on the concept of emotional and stressful psychotherapy which was introduced in all the procedures used.