Effects of Pre-Hypnotic Instructions

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In conclusion, imagination meta-suggestion may enable the clinician to (1) bypass the resistance elicited by the patient’s possible initial preconceptions about the hypnotic procedure; (2) increase the patient’s cooperativeness and rapport with the hypnotherapist; (3) elicit specific cognitive strategies and/or activate silent personality features that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the hypnotic treatment by capitalizing on the particular resources of the individual, especially in low- and medium-hypnotizable patients; (4) boost both specific and non-specific effects of the suggestions among low- and medium- hypnotizable patients without affecting the performance of those that are high-hypnotizable; and (5) increase the patient’s sense of agency and self-efficacy about his or her own clinical condition.