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Hypnotizability and dissociation
Am J Psychiatry 1990;147:823-829.
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The author describes the multidimensionality of hypnosis itself and hence of hypnotizability. He also points to the lack of clarity regarding the concept of dissociation and the extent to which its roots lie in the clinical experience of hypnosis. The concept of dissociation increasingly preempts repression and other defense mechanisms in current nosological thinking. The author cautions against equating hypnotizability scores with dissociative capacity and advocates a clearer elaboration of the concept of dissociation. Meanwhile, restraint in the use of the term "dissociation" is recommended.

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