chapter  8
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Balancing Associational and Dissociational Strategies: Practical Issues Regarding Therapeutic Inductions

The last several chapters discussed how hypnotic inductions can be accomplished through associational strategies (which access experiential responses) or dissociational strategies (which depotentiate analytical processes) as the basis for trance development. To reiterate, the former type of strategy is most effective with subjects willing and able to enter trance, while the latter type is used to handle potential conscious interferences. Because most properly prepared therapy clients will be relatively willing to experience trance yet somewhat unable to completely set aside their normal control patterns, most effective inductions combine associational and dissociational strategies.