Preferences for hypnotic imagery for hot-flash reduction: A brief communication

Gary Elkins, Joel Marcus, Jennifer Bunn, Michelle Perfect, Lynn Palamara, Vered Stearns, Jacqueline Dove

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The purpose of this brief report is to identify imagery preferences of women receiving hypnotherapy to alleviate hot flashes. As part of a larger study, 51 breast cancer survivors were asked to identify their own personal preferences for imagery for reducing hot flashes. Most of the participants identified personal imagery associated with coolness; none of the participants selected imagery for warmth or heat. The most widely used was imagery involving water associated with coolness (27.0%). It is recommended that clinicians using hypnosis for reduction of hot flashes attend to patients' preferences as specific imagery may moderate the effectiveness of hypnosis for hot flashes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-349
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology


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