by Hazel Denning, Ph.D.
Rescripting is a comparatively recent concept introduced by hypnotherapists to describe an intervention with clients who have painful memories. Suggesting that they rewrite the unpleasant event in their past, clients imagine the event to be as they would have liked it to be. For example, if their mothers rejected them at birth, they create a story in which they were lovingly accepted. This technique has been adopted by some past-life therapists to deal with traumatic events in a past life. Clients may or may not respond favorably to this suggestion, but when they do create their own version of the experience, there is often a feeling of relief and satisfaction.
I had not favored this technique for reasons which will be made clear in the following article. However, at a recent workshop Dr. Chet Snow was selected as my client for purposes of demonstration. At one point in his very painful regression experience, he refused to forgive his persecutors or himself and insisted on creating a new scenario, which he proceeded to do very successfully so that he felt good about the outcome.
Any method or technique that motivates a client toward the improvement or the resolution of a problem has some merit and should not be dismissed summarily. On the other hand, it should not necessarily be considered the best or most successful method of dealing with a problem until it has been tested and the long-range results measured.