CHANGES IN OXYTOCIN AND CORTISOL IN ACTIVE-ALERT HYPNOSIS: Hormonal Changes Benefiting Low Hypnotizable Participants

Eniko Kasos, Krisztian Kasos, Fanni Pusztai, Ágnes Polyák, K. Kovács, Katalin Varga

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Abstract

It is increasingly clear that oxytocin and cortisol play an intricate role in the regulation of behavior and emotions impacting health, relationships, and well-being. Their long-term, cross-generational effect makes them an important focus of the present study. This exploratory research examined changes in oxytocin and cortisol levels and their correlations with different phenomenological measures in both hypnotist and subject during active-alert hypnosis. The level of oxytocin increased whereas the level of cortisol decreased in the hypnotist. When comparing the oxytocin changes of subjects with their hypnotizability, those with low hypnotizability scores experienced an increase in oxytocin, and those with medium and high hypnotizability scores showed no change or decrease. This could explain why clients’ hypnotizability is not considered an important factor during hypnotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-427
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Volume66
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2 2018

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CHANGES IN OXYTOCIN AND CORTISOL IN ACTIVE-ALERT HYPNOSIS : Hormonal Changes Benefiting Low Hypnotizable Participants. / Kasos, Eniko; Kasos, Krisztian; Pusztai, Fanni; Polyák, Ágnes; Kovács, K.; Varga, Katalin.

In: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Vol. 66, No. 4, 02.10.2018, p. 404-427.

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Kasos, Eniko ; Kasos, Krisztian ; Pusztai, Fanni ; Polyák, Ágnes ; Kovács, K. ; Varga, Katalin. / CHANGES IN OXYTOCIN AND CORTISOL IN ACTIVE-ALERT HYPNOSIS : Hormonal Changes Benefiting Low Hypnotizable Participants. In: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 2018 ; Vol. 66, No. 4. pp. 404-427.
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