John G. Watkins

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John Goodrich Watkins (17 March 1913 - 12 January 2012) was a United States psychologist best known for his work in the areas of hypnosis, dissociation, and multiple personalities.[1] With his wife, Helen Watkins, he developed ego-state therapy, which uses analysis of underlying personalities, rather than traditional talk therapy, to find the causes of psychological problems.

The most famous example of the use of ego-state therapy was the interrogation of the Hillside Strangler, in which Watkins solicited a confession by revealing the killer's multiple personalities.[2]

Watkins graduated from the University of Idaho and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was professor emeritus at the University of Montana, where he taught for many years.

John G Watkins died on 12 January 2012. He was 98 years old.[1]



  • Watkins, John G. (January 1971). "The affect bridge: a hypnoanalytic technique". The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Taylor and Francis. 19 (1): 21–27. doi:10.1080/00207147108407148.



  1. ^ a b "John-G.-Watkins-Obituary". Archived from the original on 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  2. ^ "Nation: Murderous Personality - Printout". TIME. 1979-05-07. Retrieved 2012-10-17.