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“Thousands of US groundwater aquifers have been inadvertently contaminated with chlorinated solvents, such as perchloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE). Chlorinated solvents are both toxic and persistent and classified as possible carcinogens by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. I am investigating the reaction of these chemicals with iron minerals commonly found in the soil. I synthesize iron and sulfur bearing minerals and monitor reactions in experiments with PCE or TCE. We hypothesize that these minerals are one natural pathway that transforms these contaminants to benign products.”

– Johnathan D. Culpepper, graduate research assistant, The University of Iowa


“The definitions of race and crime change. Criminology is a multidisciplinary field that combines my interest in human behavior and the diverse ways societies define deviance and race. I am generally interested in social institutions, racial ideology, inequality and social disorganization theory. For example, one of my current projects examines the link between African American-owned businesses and urban crime. Additionally, I am exploring how pre-hire psychological screenings impact adverse correctional employee behavior. As a former correctional officer, I am proud of scientifically addressing issues that may have implications on policy and practice by establishing research relationships with institutions.”

– TaLisa J. Carter, Ph.D. student, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware


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friedcherryblossomprincess  asked:

The top 5 things that have surprised you about hypnosis. :)

Hi @friedcherryblossomprincess!

First of all, sorry I didn’t respond to this earlier- I completely forgot it was in my inbox!

1. That it worked at all. I have spent a lot of time fence sitting about what hypnosis was and whether it was really a thing (blame my lack of natural subject abilities). I still have the urge to ask subjects if they’re roleplaying sometimes.

2. That I didn’t have to say ever word in a script perfectly to get an induction to work. Early on I thought scripts = magic and was very worried about deviating by even a few words. It was nice when I realized that this was not the case- that I could, in fact, do an effective induction in my own words and off-book.

3. That I didn’t need to do a formal induction- I could just say induction-y things off the cuff and it would work as well as formal, recognized procedure. There’s very little required in an induction to make it work. In fact, I know some people who will skip inductions all together- in the right circumstance you really just need to let your subject know you’re a hypnotist and give them suggestions.*

4. That subjects have a variety of experiences while hypnotized- they may or may not have their inner voice commenting, that they may or may not be doing some additional non-prompted imaginative effort to get suggestions to work,  that they may need different words or images or modalities to make suggested things happen. I used to have a very Victorian model that a hypnotized person was a blank slate upon which I would act my hypnotic will- and that all hypnotized people experienced trance similarly. Now I realize that hypnosis is much more of a partnership, one where the subject is actually doing a lot of the heavy lifting (even if not consciously).

5. That subjects sometimes have different talents. Response to suggestions has to do with a person’s depth but also what they’re naturally good at.

6. (Bonus) When you’re hypnotizing someone, you’re hypnotizing them the entire time. Hypnosis doesn’t end at the induction- as a hypnotist you’re trying to keep your subject feeling suggestible/taken care of/hypnotized/whatever until you officially bring them out of trance. If someone responds non-optimally to a suggestion, you can work with them to improve their response. You can also be reassuring if you’re leaving it and verify for them that they are still deeply hypnotized even if that particular suggestion didn’t work (maybe by moving to something that does).


*Reader: This scares the hell out of me and I have no clue how to do it. I’m so old school that rapid induction+ quick deepener feels too short. The closest I’ll do is some “suggestibility exercises” first before I formally hypnotize someone- I like this tutorial from Hypnosis Without Trance on doing a hand stick in this manner

ETA: I’d like to hear other people answer this question. @friedcherryblossomprincess? @soundshypnotic? @rightthewaydown? @mr-prism? @mrs-prism? ( @tennfan2- I think you already answered it in a previous post.)