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Investigative Forensic Hypnosis

1st Edition

By Joe Niehaus

CRC Press

192 pages

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Hardback: 9780849381331
pub: 1998-07-29
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Historically viewed as a vehicle for entertainment or the occult, hypnosis has slowly gained recognition as an effective tool in the medical arts, sports programs, and stress seminars. Gradually law enforcement specialists also have used hypnosis - specifically forensic hypnosis - as a powerful tool when collecting information from the witness. Hypnosis serves police and prosecutors by enabling the witness to recall minute details that they had previously forgotten due to momentary excitement or fear.

Investigative Forensic Hypnosis presents the practical application and scientific side of this subject, explaining forensic hypnosis in an understandable way, answering many common questions, and identifying its practical use in the courtroom.

The author, with 22 years of experience in law enforcement and 14 years experience in forensic hypnosis, brings his outstanding law enforcement background and valued expertise to this important, informative handbook, dissolving misconceptions or doubts and illuminating forensic hypnosis as a valuable advantage in any case.

Two parts divide the discussion:

The Essence of Hypnosis - covers the origins of hypnosis to its current uses o explains hypnosis from a scientific approach o clarifies misleading information o provides a logical approach to this unusual phenomenon o illustrates its potential in law enforcement

Investigative Forensic Hypnosis - arms its reader with a clear understanding of hypnosis o discusses applications to the criminal justice system o outlines essential guidelines for correctly using forensic hypnosis o identifies specific procedures for determining the facts of a case

The information presented assists:

  • the hypnotist performing this investigative technique

  • the investigator considering hypnosis

  • lawyers and judges determining the appropriate application of hypnosis in a case

    This book provides the framework for hypnosis as a successful and dependable tool to assist in investigations - not to solve crimes by magic but to provide useful, indispensable clues and details. This technique improves information gained from that most important asset in a case - the witness. Understanding the proper guidelines provided in Investigative Forensic Hypnosis can make a good witness a great witness.

  • Reviews

    "…[demonstrates] a first-hand awareness of this extremely vital need and use…interesting and informative…the use of procedures and examples are excellent."

    -James M. Connell, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Dayton, Ohio, from the Foreword

    Table of Contents


    Part I

    A Foundation of Hypnosis

    History of Hypnosis

    Applications of Hypnosis

    Three Laws of Suggestibility

    The Feeling of Hypnosis

    A Hypnosis Session

    The Dangers of Hypnosis

    Common Questions about Hypnosis

    Part II

    Preparation for the Forensic Session

    The Courts and Hypnosis

    The Forensic Session

    Inside the Forensic Session

    Professional Ethics

    Do's and Don'ts

    Of Polygraphs, Artists, and Such

    Preparing for Trial

    Induction Techniques



    About the Originator

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    LAW / Forensic Science
    MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General