About Hypnosis

Scroll down to learn more about recommended books on hypnosis, references to training programs and practicum sites with ongoing research in hypnosis, a list of major hypnosis journals, and a hypnosis database.


General collections presenting theories and research in hypnosis from a variety of viewpoints:
Fromm, E., & Nash, M. R. (Eds.). (1992). Contemporary hypnosis research. New York: Guilford Press.
Lynn, S. J., & Rhue, J. W. (Eds.). (1991). Theories of hypnosis: Current models and perspectives. New York: Guilford Press.

General collection addressing clinical applications of hypnosis from a variety of theories and viewpoints:
Lynn , S. J., Rhue, J. W., & Kirsch, I. (Eds.). (1993). Handbook of clinical hypnosis. Washington , DC: American Psychological Association.

A basic hypnosis text recommended by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis:
Hammond, D. C. (Ed.). (1988). Hypnotic induction and suggestion: An introductory manual. Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.


Reference which includes lists of training programs with ongoing research and practicum sites in hypnosis:
Mayne, T. J., Sayette, M. A., & Norcross, J. C. (2004). Insider’s guide to graduate programs in clinical and counseling psychology (2004/2005 edition). New York: Guilford.

General collection of papers of historical importance to the field of hypnosis:
Gauld, A. (1992). A history of hypnotism. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Tinterow, M. M. (Ed.). (1970). Foundations of hypnosis. Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas.


American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Contemporary Hypnosis
Imagination, Cognition, and Personality
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Psychological Bulletin


Dr. Eric Willmarth has “interviewed over 100 of the greatest living hypnosis researchers and clinicians and tried to preserve their wisdom and their personality for future students of hypnosis…. All of the interviews were candid and unrehearsed. Answers to my questions are “off the top of their heads” and not the result of prepared statements. With each interview you can sense the passion shared by the impressive individuals who study and use clinical hypnosis.”