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Don E. Gibbons, Ph.D., NJ Licensed Psychologist #03513


Don received his Psychology training at the University of California, Riverside, and Claremont Graduate University. He has taught at the University of Portland, the University of West Georgia, and DeSales University, where he was Chairman of the Psychology Department.


Don has written five books, presented at many professional conferences, published in scholarly journals, and has presented at the American Psychological Association and the British Royal Society of medicine. He and is the senior author of the chapter on hypnotic induction procedures in the latest edition of the Handbook of Clinical Hypnosis, published by the American Psychological Association in 2010. He also initiated the petition to establish the Division of Humanistic Psychology within the American Psychological Association, which is now Division 32. He worked for fifteen years in the New Jwesey Department of Corrections, and is currently a partner in the New Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in Manahawkin, NJ.

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Manahawkin, NJ, U.S.A.

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Full Time Practice

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Networking, and the exchange of information about new applications of suggestion and hypnosis.

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I originated the "Best Me" technique of multimodal suggestion for involving one's whole person in the content of a suggested event, and I was the first to formally identify the process of hyperempiria, or the suggestion-based enhancement of experience, as a catalyst for growth and change

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My Vita is posted as a stand-alone page on the upper right-hand column of my Web site at These things always read like an obituary, so here's a summary in a nutshell. My doctorate is in general experimental psychology. or the study of how to design and conduct well-controlled, repeatable psychological experiments. I have written books, presented professional papers, and taught psychology at both the graduate and undergraduate level. I am currently a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in New Jersey. The scientific perception of reality is always subject to change as new information emerges, and this is what interests me the most. I presented a paper at the American Psychological Association in which I proposed an alternative paradigm for hypnosis. From this point of view, hypnosis is an artistic medium which enables us to work directly with the ultimate art form, human experience itself. This paper is also available as a stand-alone page in the upper right-hand column of my Blog; and many of the Blog postings are dedicated to the application and development of this concept.


Writing, research, and working with clients for the enhancement of human potential, the ennoblement of the human spirit, and the fulfillment of human existence.

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Hi Don,

I'm sorry, I'm still trying to get my head around the HypnoThoughts system. Could you remind me of what Scott's suggestion was?

I'd be interested in any Skype coaching for hypnotherapy and / or life coaching. Thanks for your help.

Thank you very much for your kind words. I checked out your page (and the blog about what aliens would think about us).

I'm impressed. By your resume -- not the blog. Just kidding... the blog is great.

Now I wanna argue you into the ground, just to prove that someone who finally graduated from high school on her second try can hold her own against an accomplished professional like you. :P

Wanted to say sorry about whining so much to leave religion out of the free will discussion. I was just worried that we might end up not discussing free will at the end.

Very intense video btw. - thank you for that one.

Thank you so much for the warm welcome! :)

Thanks Don, likewise!

Thanks Don!

Thank you for the friend add! With aloha!

Hi Don,

Likewise with yourself :-)



Proud to know you as well, Don. Thanks for accepting...
For me, mind is always more important than events as it is mind which creates and experiences events. So, the important thing for me is using mind, in this present moment, to experience what (events and/or anything else) I desire rather than what I don't desire.
Thanks Don, for...commenting on my wall. Your words reinforce my conviction of the importance and value of the work we do as certainly, if one desires, one can experience conditions which far exceed those which currently exists.
Thanks Don, not...only for your many contributions in this community and to Hypnosis in general, but also for being the beautiful person you are in all of your communications and for all your work towards informing others of the potential of using mind to create and shape their experience of Life.Apprecitiavely,Ron
Hi Don,Thank you for your advice.Brain is rather very popular here and everywhere.I will learn a lot from your excellent articles too.Yong Peng
Hi Don,Me too. Feel better.Susan
Thank you for posting your script on Script Bank.chris
Hi Don,I just went to your blog and understand hyperemperia much more now. It actually is as I thought but I wasn't getting the distinction between how it would work in place of traditional hypnosis. I'm starting to get it more clearly now but I would still like to talk to you.ThanksSusanps: Hope your rib heals soon as well.
Hope your rib heals very soon.Karena.
Thank you for the friendship, Don. I have often enjoyed your hyperempiria blog and consider you a fountain of information and insight! Regards, Kelley
Hello Don, just introducing myself here, I must say you have an impressive wall here, great job.~ Aloha
Hi Don. I used to visit Manahawkin when I was a kid.I am going to read your best me technique right NOW,Thanks : )
My specialty is creativity and extraordinary human development with the proof in the pudding. Based on your separate correspondence, perhaps you'll find the taxonomies of my brilliant mentor Dr. Gowan useful in formulating your program., ART, AND CREATIVITY;OPERATIONS OF INCREASING ORDER AND OTHER ESSAYS ON EXOTIC FACTORS OF INTELLECT, UNUSUAL POWERS and ABILITIES, ETC.;DEVELOPMENT of the PSYCHEDELIC INDIVIDUAL A Psychological Analysis of the Psychedelic State and Its Attendant Psychic PowersA Psychological Analysis of the Relationship Between the Individual Ego and the Numinous Element in Three Modes: Prototaxic, Parataxic, and SyntaxicKeywords: archetype, art, biofeedback, collective unconscious, creativity, dissociation, dream, drug effects, ecstasy, ESP, glossolalia, hallucination, hypnosis, meditation, myth, mysticism, numinous element, parapsychology, peak experience, psychic, ritual, self-actualization, tantra, trance.
Induction of the Void & Plenum script is a long voyage into co-consciousness which is a guided tour to the Void and the experiential fullness of Nature, as the Plenum. Tantric love-making automatically induces a condition of suspension of thoughts at the moment of climax -- a momentary experience of what both Hinduism and Buddhism has termed the Void. But conditioning or training in hypnotic induction of the Void can lead to deepening this state and adding to spontaneity.This script was developed by Bernard S. Aaronson, Ph.D. and presented at the American Society of of Clinical Hypnosis in 1969. It appeared in the Journal of the American Society for Psychosomatic Dentistry and Medicine in 1979 (Vol. 26, No.1). The void experience, the central experience of Eastern and Western mysticism, was analyzed as a state resulting from a separation of self from one's senses, from one's concept of self, and a loss of opposites and polarities. Suggestions are also given for ego-expansion, an experience of the Plenum.In the quasi-anatomical mapping of consciousness characteristic of kundalini yoga, the seventh chakra, the center of consciousness located at the top of the head and associated with nirvana, contains the void as a central area. This experience of the void is the core experience of introvertive mysticism. It is an intensely positive experience without empirical content, except a consciousness of consciousness itself -- the ground state of the nature mind, in Tibetan tantra. All mental and physical objects are obliterated from consciousness, the self becomes aware of itself as the bare unity of the manifold of consciousness. It has been called "the Supreme Good. It is One without a second. It is the Self." Suzuki quotes the Great Prajnaparamita Sutra, saying,"Thus, Sariputra, all things have the character of emptiness, they have no beginning, no end, they are faultless and not faultless, they are not perfect and not imperfect. Therefore I Saiputra, here in this emptiness there is no form, no perception, no name, no concepts, no knowledge. No eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind. No form, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no objects...There is no knowledge, no ignorance, no destruction of ignorance. ..There is no decay nor death; there are no four truths, viz, there is no pain, no origin of pain, no stoppage of pain. There is no knowledge of Nirvana, no obtaining of it...When the impediment of consciousness are annihilated, then he becomes free of all fear, is beyond the reach of change, enjoying final Nirvana."The experience comes with the letting go of the concept of the self as a distinct and separate entity, and breaking down the separation imposed by concepts and logic, and a unifying vision. The conditions included are (1) meditation, (2) ego-loss, (3) loss of opposites, (4) meditation and ego-loss, (5) meditation and loss of opposites, (6) ego-loss and loss of opposites, and (7) the void.Subjects reported (1) a sense of unity which becomes at its extreme pure awareness without empirical content; (2) transcendence of time and space; (3) deeply felt positive mood; (4) sense of sacredness; (5) a sense of intuitively gained insightful knowledge which is also authoritative; (6) paradoxical or logically contradictory experience; (7) ineffability or inability to express the experience in words; (8) transience of the experience; (9) persistent positive changes in attitude and behavior.The alternative induction is the experience of cosmic unity, or the Plenum, a letting go into the flow of imagery. Subjects report feelings of joy, peace, spirituality, feeling in closer touch with the world afterward. The fact that spiritual experience can be produced in this fashion opens the possibility for study of the technology of mysticism and the development of an experimental and experiential psychology of spirituality.
Hi Don,I enjoyed reading 'Hypnosex' (pathways to ecstacy) a good few years ago, and again more recently.I was reminded a lot of some of the stuff by Masters and Heuston.Good to be able to communicate with you throught this medium.Hugs,Fable
Hi Don,It took me a while to find you on the group, as I'm just now getting familiar with how this site works.Thank you for telling me about it!Best wishes,Roy
i have always been able to see and manipulate energy and work with alot of diffrent energy therapies but im always open and interested to learning as new methods
Hi Don,I agree with you in so many ways. I do an interactive form of hypnosis, which is different than the very common form of using suggestions. So I either talk to people who still think that hypnosis is mind control or one of the other myths, who didn't like the suggestions, or who tried hypnosis and it "didn't work". Every time I ask those who said it didn't work, "What did you think of the hypnotherapist?", the answer is almost always, "I couldn't trust him. I didn't know what he'd do when I had my eyes closed." So while I don't have the issue of a woman being concerned with that, interestingly enough, none of those women came to see me either. So there was a trust issue anyway. I still run into people concerned with the "h" word. So I'm also beginning to downplay the word hypnosis. My Easy Key to Life method can be done with the eyes open or closed anyway and it creates profound, yet easy, changes. Closed eyes are better, but it doesn't require a deep level.Pros of hypnosis: people know about it, there are organizations and groups like this one to support it, many books about it, research about it.Cons of hypnosis: all the myths, and my method is different than the most common methods.Sigh....I'd like to learn more about hyperempiria to see if my method fits within that or not.Regards,Beverly
Hyperempiria is an interesting take on experiential hypnosis. There are now a few folks out there who teach it but, honestly, from what I've seen they don't actually "get" what Don meant and their idea of hyperempiria is sometimes very different from what Don presented in his work. While their work has validity, it isn't strictly hyperempiria. Check Don's work first THEN look at theirs.
Hi Don,So, what is hyperempiria? Looks and sounds interesting!Beverly
Hi Don. Yes, I am originally from Carrollton and am very familiar with WGC...when it was that. I didn't realized it had changed actually. I live in Denver, CO now...and have for about 9 years.I enjoyed reading your profile here...and it gives me a few items to research. :-) Hyperempiria...
Don, welcome!