What are some scientifically credible texts (preferably free and online) that I could read to learn more about Hypnosis.

While hypnosis is a real phenomenon, there seems to be a lot pseudoscience practitioners in the area as well.

Note: I'm looking more for a text book type work explaining how hypnosis works then studies providing evidence for it. It should of course be supported by studies, but its main purpose should be instruction.

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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of Does hypnotherapy/hypnosis, in any form, for any type of disorder, work? $\endgroup$ Jun 29, 2017 at 6:53
  • $\begingroup$ @RobinKramer I edited the question a bit. $\endgroup$ Jun 29, 2017 at 7:00
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    $\begingroup$ Google Scholar is a great tool for finding credible sources. $\endgroup$
    – Probably
    Jun 29, 2017 at 9:14
  • $\begingroup$ I modified the title to better capture what I think is the difference between this and previous questions. Feel free to revert if I misunderstood. $\endgroup$
    – Josh
    Jun 29, 2017 at 14:45
  • $\begingroup$ To clarify, you are looking for two separate things: 1) studies that support hypnotism (to me, this seems answered with this response to the above question), and 2) for a textbook on hypnotism? $\endgroup$
    – mflo-ByeSE
    Jun 29, 2017 at 17:26

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For scientifically supported texts, I would recommend the textbooks produced by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (linked here) as a good place to start. None of these are free (legally), though.

They also produce a bibliography of articles and books (currently some 9 pages) that provide some additional handy references.


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