Dr. Bernard Curry
9 December 2012
This paper explores one published article by Guse, T. (2012). Enhancing lives: a positive psychology agenda for hypnotherapy. South African Journal Of Psychology, 42(2), 214-223. The article is a primarily a review of existing research. There are reports on results from research conducted on the practice of hypnotherapy informed by positive psychology principles. The research is limited and only two studies could be located in perusing existing literature. This paper examines Guse’s aim to explain the relationship between hypnotherapy and positive psychology by reviewing existing practice’s and research findings. In this article it breaks down the complex topic of positive psychology and hypnotherapy into smaller parts to gain a better understanding of it. Keywords: ego state therapy; positive emotions; positive psychology; psychological strengths; psychological well-being; hypnotic phenomena
Exploration of a Professional Journal Article in Psychology
In this article I have learned the positive effects hypnotherapy can have on a person’s overall well-being. Guse (2012) stated that:
Hypnotherapy is established as treatment modality for psychological distress, but it is also well-suited to facilitate well-being. Some hypnotherapeutic approaches value and utilize unconscious resources, and can therefore be aligned with positive psychology’s focus on identifying, enhancing and utilizing psychological strengths. However, literature on integrating positive psychology principles in hypnotherapeutic practice is limited. The aim of this article is to elucidate the synergy between hypnotherapy and positive psychology by reviewing existing practices and research findings. Suggestions for integrating knowledge from positive psychology into hypnotherapeutic strategies are also offered, particularly as it relates to...