THE PASTORAL USE OF HYPNOTIC TECHNIQUE by Joseph

THE PASTORAL USE OF HYPNOTIC TECHNIQUE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Hypnosis, known therapeutically since early Egyptian times, is coming to the again in this age of pure science. Doctors of medicine are using it and dentists find it helpful. The author of Pastoral Use, however, feels that hypnosis is particularly the field of the paster when dealing legitimately with sickness of the soul. He spends much space this precept. Having done so he goes honestly about it explaining when the is justified in the use of hypnosis and when he had better leave it alone. For example, the pastor can use it successfully in most cases of neurosis, but in the ase of a pay its employ is seldom successful or advisable. He constantly that the pastor must ever work only under the most ethical conditions and when the health of the soul is the ultimate goal. Mr. Wittkofski, a clergyman of the Episcopal Church, adequately roughs in the psychological basis of hypnotism with its three stages of animal consciousness, self consciousness and Christ consciousness. He writes at some length of the pastor's responsibility towards nervous people, children, and those suffering from an addiction (drugs, alcohol, tobacco). He is especially clear in his approach to the treatment and the technique required. The treatise is an excellent ""starting book"" for the interested pastor and ""required information"" for those who would keep up on a presently live subject.

Publisher: Macmillan