A commonly read source of information for those who wish to begin investigating the topic of 'ego strength' is the work of Heinz Hartman: EGO PSYCHOLOGY AND THE PROBLEM OF ADAPTATION, International Univ. Press, 1958/1961/1964. Also, note Freud’s, THE EGO AND THE ID. However, I can't say that I have heard many people who are clinical practitioners use this as a major determinant for the decisions about using hypnosis with a client. A case in point is the use of hypnosis with psychotic patients (witness Erickson's paper "Hypnosis, it's renaissance as a treatment modality" in the COLLECTED PAPERS. Still, lesser trained mortals would be well advised to consider the lessons taught by Hartman and the ego psychologists before launching into hypnosis with clients they do not understand.
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