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Bounce! Conversations with Larry Weeks

Interviews w/ authors, entrepreneurs, athletes and others on resilience, getting on or getting over life’s set ups and setbacks.

On the podcast Larry has in-depth conversations with notable people from a variety of fields and occupations; professors, entrepreneurs, athletes, physicians, etc, to get their stories or research on how to deal with or prepare for life’s challenges, stumbles, and stings. If research exists on how people bounce back, he talks about it. If there are physical practices, proven psychologies or philosophies that can help people build personal foundations before the storms come, he digs into it.

Dec 16, 2023

On this episode of our podcast, we delve into the fascinating world of hypnosis, with a focus on demystifying this phenomenon and separating myths from scientific reality. We explore its role in modern therapy and personal well-being.

Dr. David Spiegel is one of Stanford University’s leading psychiatrists, with more than 45 years of clinical experience, and has pioneered over 400 research papers on the power of self-hypnosis. Educated at Harvard and Yale, he is the Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr Speigel has written thirteen books and is also the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Reveri Health, which offers a clinically backed hypnosis app of the same name. 

In our conversation, we cover a wide array of topics, including:

  • The definition and understanding of hypnosis.
  • A short history of hypnosis, its mystical origins, and its current scientific standing.
  • Distinctions between clinical and theatrical hypnosis.
  • Debates over the tools and techniques used in hypnosis.
  • The controversial subjects of brainwashing and memory recovery.
  • Current research and understanding of the neural mechanisms of hypnosis.
  • The various types of hypnosis and their applications.
  • The relationship between EMDR and hypnosis.
  • The effectiveness, suitability, and therapeutic potential of hypnosis.
  • The Reveri app, co-founded by Dr. Spiegel
  • I share my own experience with the Reveri app, particularly how it helped me with my fear of airplane turbulence.

Join us for this enlightening discussion as we uncover the mysteries and realities of hypnosis.


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