||Reported experiences were compared for subjects undergoing a traditional style of
hypnosis, a cognitive behavioral style of hypnosis, and a "waking imagination" procedure
similar to hypnosis but explicitly labeled "non- hypnotic." Experiences of subjects
within these three treatment conditions were also compared with the experiences subjects
believed prior to treatment they would be most likely to have during a hypnotic session.
No significant experiential differences appeared with regard to spatial, temporal,
and personal disorientation; a sense of dissimilarity to ordinary experience; or obliviousness
to extraneous thoughts or stimuli. Compared to subjects in the non-hypnotic procedure,
subjects in the two hypnotic conditions reported more strong and positive feelings
regarding the experience and a greater perceived inability to resist the experience.
The only significant difference between cognitive behavioral and traditional subjects
was the stronger belief of cognitive behavioral subjects that they were consciously
directing and causing their hypnotic experience. Even though reported experiences
differed somewhat for the different procedures, correlations of reported experiences
with responsiveness (or ''hypnotic susceptibility") were similar for the three procedures,
with no apparent interaction effects for procedure with responsiveness on experience.
In the two hypnotic conditions the experience of hypnosis was seen as more difficult
to resist than subjects expected prior to treatment, but also less mysterious than
expected. These findings overall indicate that experiential self-report is a useful
method of gauging similarities and differences between different styles of hypnosis,
quasi- hypnotic procedures, and expectations regarding hypnotic experience. Other
theoretical and clinical implications of these findings are discussed.