|Dr. Flowers induction technique demonstration and visual
demonstration on the Harry Arons' hypnosis depth testing technique.
|About Dr. Flowers
The following is a demonstration of Dr. Flowers' induction technique. Highly effective, proven
and relatively rapid, it is the adaptive progressive relaxation induction technique of choice for
many clinical Hypnotherapist around the world.
The clip on your right is a demonstration of the technique during class time. Students quickly
familiar themselves with the Dr. Flowers technique, as it is often the first induction technique
which they learn. Click on the icon to open media. It is in .wmv format. (copyright 2004)
Important Notice: Even though this is in educational video, the hypnosis session is being
conducted by a highly trained, highly experienced instructor. Each student received extensive
instructions before and after the demonstrations prior to their practice session. Therefore, unless
you have professional hypnosis training, do NOT attempt this without proper supervision from a
|Demonstration on Arons' Depth Scale:
One of the criteria for a scientific discipline is that it must be measurable. Many experimental
scientist, while doing research on hypnosis, notice their volunteers become more suggestible as
they complete assigned hypnotic task. (e.g. forget their name.) They also noticed that advanced
suggestions must be facilitated on a gradient degree. A number of experimental methods thus
developed to measure the depth of hypnotic state which a volunteer has entered.
The most popular scale in modern day research is known as the Stanford scale. (Wietzenhoffer
& Hilgard) It is a simplified and summarized method which take into account many experimental
variables. In fact, Bernard, our Clinical instructor, deployed the Standford in his thesis project.
The Cara Institute of Advanced hypnosis also use the Stanford scale in many of it's controlled
Yet the Standford scale, as practical as it seems in the psychology laboratory, still involves 12
steps, and it will take anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour to complete. Making it's application
very limited in everyday clinic, where sessions of 60 minutes is the norm.
Harry Arons, who was the head of Association of Advanced Ethical Hypnosis, the most
influential hypnosis society at it's time, was seeking a quicker, simpler and more efficient way to
measuring hypnotic trance depth. The result is a highly modified version of the Standford scale.
"Arons scale", as it is called, it is now the most popular depth testing method among certified
Hypnotherapist curriculum in early 1990's, it was adopted into the National Guild of Hypnotist
training curriculum, making the Arons scale the professional standard.
The following is class demonstration on the six step Arons scale. (copyright 2004)
|Important Notice: Even though this is in educational video, the hypnosis session is being
conducted by a highly trained, highly experienced instructor. Each student received extensive you
have professional hypnosis training, do NOT attempt this without proper supervision from an
National Guild of Hypnotist Certified Instructor.
Stage one; Small muscle group catalepsy. Our very kind volunteer was suggested that her
eyelids are locked tight, she couldn't open her eyes even if she tries.
Stage two; Large muscle group catalepsy. Our volunteer's arms are locked and frozen. She
was so convinced that her arm had became as rigid as bar of steel, that when the instructor try to
push her arm down from it's position, it bounced right back up to it's original position.
|Stage 4; No, we haven't forgotten stage three. Stage 4 in Arons scale is glove anesthesia,
where part of the body looses temporary and specific sensation. In this clip, our volunteer was
not able to feel the pain of a pinch from the instructor. She can feel the pressure of the pinch, but
not the pain. When she wake up after the demonstration, she was surprised to see the pinch
mark, and ask "How did that get there, dear?"
Note: Cara Institute and Bernard have done a number of small scale, yet highly controlled
experiments, and we have determined that Stage 4 (anesthesia) should come before Stage 3
(Amnesia) of the Arons test. We did not skip the Stage 3 test, it will be on the clip after this one.
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