Subliminal Treatment Procedures, A Clinician's Guide

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Subliminal Treatment Procedures, A Clinician's Guide

A professional resource to aid professional healthcare providers in the use and application of subliminal treatment procedures. The extensive research supporting these procedures, in addition to step-by-step guidance for developing treatments, are presented with many case studies to illustrate the efficient application of these techniques.

The book includes:

Chapter 1 – The Concept of Subliminality

Chapter 2 – Research on the Effects of Auditory Subliminal Messages

Chapter 3 – Research Methodology

Chapter 4 – Clinical Treatment Procedures

Sample from the book

“There are other stimuli that may be discernible in terms of being aware that they exist but may not be discriminable on the basis of content. For example, I am aware of people talking in the corridor outside of my office. I can discriminate on the basis of content. I can discriminate the gender of the people talking based on the frequency formants of the sounds, but I may not be able to tell you what these people are saying because I cannot discriminate the content of these conversations. Hence, in this case I could communicate to another person some of the technical properties associated with the stimuli such as how many people are speaking, the gender of the speakers, and when they are speaking as opposed to laughing. Perhaps I could even make some guesses about prominent emotional states of the speakers, such as being angry or sad, although I might not be able to determine the content of these conversations. In this case, we can describe some aspects of the stimulus as being preconscious in the sense that I can make myself aware of some of the properties associated with the sounds that I know are speech coming from the corridor. Other aspects of the stimulus may be subliminal in nature in the sense that I cannot communicate to another individual properties of the stimulus which are having a demonstrable effect on my behavior. There are various levels associated with this process in terms of the extent to which I can make myself aware of the content aspects of the stimulus. For example, one of the voices may remind me of a person from my past whom I disliked intensely. Even though I cannot determine the content of the conversation, my mood may be negatively influenced, and I may not be aware of the fact that it was the voices in the corridor that gave rise to this mood change. The major issue is whether I can be made aware of this relationship. One can see that there are various possibilities: I may make myself aware of this property of the stimulus if I focus sufficient attention on attempting to understand the reasons for my mood change; or, on the other hand, it may be possible for some other person to assist me in revealing this property of the stimulus.”

Book reviews

“As someone who has also been involved in subliminal research for a number of years, I feel that Dr. Swingle’s book is likely to become a classic. The more I read the more enthusiastic and interested I became. He discusses complex concepts in a clear and understandable fashion and presents a great deal of useful practical information, research findings, and clinical treatment procedures. There is also appropriate emphasis on the importance of evaluative procedures, systematic data recording, and ethical considerations. This book is essential reading for both researchers and clinicians who are interested in subliminals. It is a courageous work that provides benchmark data and procedure for future scientific and clinical work in this complex and controversial field.” Francois Borgeat, MD, MSc, Professor and Chairman, Dpt. of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Montreal

About the Author

Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D. was Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa prior to moving to Vancouver. A Fellow of the Canadian psychological Association, Dr. Swingle was Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and during the same time period was Associate Attending Psychologist at Mclean Hospital (Boston) where he also was Coordinator of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service. Dr. Swingle was Chairman of the Faculty of Child psychology at the University of Ottawa and Clinical Supervisor. He is Registered Psychologist in British Columbia, certified in Boiofeedback and Neurotherapy. He is in private practice in Vancouver, BC.


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