Validation of Suggestion-Induced Stress
DUNLAP AND ASSOCIATES EAST INC NORWALK CT
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Sixty college men, divided into three equal groups, each attended two induced stress sessions in which their physiological, psychological and performance reactions were measured. Their responses were compared to determine if valid stress reactions could be induced through suggestion in an altered state in this case, hypnosis, and also to determine the validity of such reactions if the subject had never before experienced that stress situation. It was demonstrated that valid stress reactions can be induced in an individual with the aid of suggestions, especially if the real stress situation has been experienced before. If no previous experience with that real situation exists, the subject still exhibits stressful reactions however, the closest resemblance to real stress is found in the subjective or psychological measures, less similarity is found in the physiological measures and the least similarity is found in the performance measures.
- Stress Physiology