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Am J Clin Hypn. 2014 Jul;57(1):68-79. doi: 10.1080/00029157.2014.895699.

The illness/non-illness model: hypnotherapy for physically ill patients.

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a Tel Aviv University , Tel Aviv , Israel.


This article proposes a focused, novel sub-set of the cognitive behavioral therapy approach to hypnotherapy for physically ill patients, based upon the illness/non-illness psychotherapeutic model for physically ill patients. The model is based on three logical rules used in differentiating illness from non-illness: duality, contradiction, and complementarity. The article discusses the use of hypnotic interventions to help physically ill and/or disabled patients distinguish between illness and non-illness in their psychotherapeutic themes and attitudes. Two case studies illustrate that patients in this special population group can be taught to learn the language of change and to use this language to overcome difficult situations. The model suggests a new clinical mode of treatment in which individuals who are physically ill and/or disabled are helped in coping with actual motifs and thoughts related to non-illness or non-disability.


clinical hypnosis; hypnotic intervention; physical injury; treatment modality

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