New fMRI Research Contrasts Hypnosis for Reducing Fibromyalgia Pain with Suggested Pain

People with no training in hypnosis often ask me, “why bother to do hypnosis?” Here’s why: People process information and subjective experience differently in hypnosis. They access parts of themselves physically (including neurologically) and psychologically in ways and at levels not easily accessed in other ways.


There is far more going on in hypnosis than one person simply talking to somebody sitting there with his or her eyes closed. Something changes through the process of induction, and this study highlights this vitally important point yet again in an entirely different way. I wish all clinicians were trained in hypnosis!


Reference: Derbyshire, S. et al., (August 3, 2016) Suggestions to Reduce Clinical Fibromyalgia Pain and Experimentally Induced Pain Produce Parallel Effects on Perceived Pain but Divergent Functional MRI–Based Brain Activity. Psychosomatic Medicine. Here’s the link to the article:


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