NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED052177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Hypnosis and the Reduction of Speech Anxiety.
Barker, Larry L.; And Others
The purposes of this paper are (1) to review the background and nature of hypnosis, (2) to synthesize research on hypnosis related to speech communication, and (3) to delineate and compare two potential techniques for reducing speech anxiety--hypnosis and systematic desensitization. Hypnosis has been defined as a mental state characterised by heightened suggestibility. Anton Mesmer, usually referred to as the "father" of hypnosis, was extremely successful in inducing large numbers of clients into a deep hypnotic state. Since his time, hypnosis has enjoyed extensive use in the medical profession. Several researchers have focused on problems related to speech communication. An application of hypnosis closely related to the field of speech communication is in the reduction of stuttering. The relationship between hypnosis and speech communication is even more apparent when hypnosis is analyzed as a specialized form of communication. Considerable effort has been devoted to the development of methods for measuring speech anxiety. A therapeutic method developed by Wolpe, called "systematic desensitization," appears to be successful in dealing with a number of problems due to anxiety. Wolpe's method includes three basic stages--all involving a light state of hypnosis. Hypnosis, per se, appears to have more advantages than does systematic desensitization in solving speech anxiety problems. (CK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mesmer (Anton)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (56th, New Orleans, December 1970)