Title: The happy trance: Active-alert hypnosis (History, research, and applications)
Presenters: Éva Bányai
Venue: Audytorium Maximum  - Small Hall / Aula Mała
Time: 14.06.2024 16:00-17:30
Language: EN


Relying on some naturalistic observations, Bányai and Hilgard introduced active-alert hypnosis to the arsenal of modern hypnotic techniques in 1974. In this method, the hypnotic subject rides a bicycle ergometer set to a resistance, with the eyes open throughout the entire hypnotic session. While exercising in this manner, verbal suggestions are administered to enhance alertness, attentiveness, and a feeling of freshness. Since active-alert hypnosis results in emotionally very positive, sometimes even ecstatic-like experiences, and an experience of increased self-control and efficiency, it is very effective in psychotherapy, especially in those patients who could profit the most from its mood-elevating and ego-strengthening effect because of their depression or low ego-strength. After discussing the theoretical and practical significance of active-alert (dynamic) hypnosis, and its current widespread use in many countries around the world, some of the more recently developed variations of the method will be introduced: group active-alert hypnosis, and "imaginative active-alert" technique developed for cancer patients without active movement.
In the second half of the workshop, volunteering participants will have the opportunity to experience their preferred form of active-alert hypnosis,
The workshop will end with a discussion of the experiences and information provided.

Éva Bányai is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary. She developed active-alert hypnosis in 1974 at Stanford University. Her main research interest is studying the psychophysiological, behavioral, phenomenological, and social aspects of hypnosis from an interactional standpoint. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions in advancing the fields of hypnosis, including the Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal of ISH. She is a Past President and a Honorary Lifetime Member of both the European Society of Hypnosis (ESH) and of ISH.