Orin C. Davis
Davis, O.C.. (2010). The creative personality as a lens for the union of Ego-State and Ericksonian therapy. Contemporary Hypnosis, 27(1), 42-47.
Publication year: 2010

Developmental psychologists (especially followers of Erik Erikson) and Jungian psychotherapists, among others, have noted that mature/self-actualized people must balance seemingly contradictory traits in aspects of their lives. When people list too much to one extreme or the other, such as tending to express only passion or only objectivity, Ericksonian hypnotherapy can be used to enable individuals to achieve balance through two major processes, differentiation and integration. Both processes are analogous to developing ‘response sets’ (as they are called in Ego-State Therapy) that facilitate balance in these juxtaposed traits. Recent research into the creative/complex personality has isolated a specific set of ten dialectics that are consistent across creative/complex adults (Csikszentmihalyi, 1996). A review of some of Milton Erickson’s case studies illustrates how one or more of the ten dialectics is the focal point for creating response sets that will right the individual’s imbalance(s).