Hypnosis is “a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination”. It is a mental state (according to “state theory”) or imaginative role-enactment.
Usually, one person (the “hypnotist”) talks to another (the “subject”) in a special way that puts the subject into a trance. While the subject is in this state, he can be influenced by suggestions. The hypnotist can tell him to forget his name, or that the room is hot (he will start sweating), or that he is someone else. Hypnotic suggestions may be delivered by a hypnotist in the presence of the subject, or may be self-administered (‘self-suggestion’ or ‘autosuggestion’). The use of hypnotism for therapeutic purposes is referred to as ‘hypnotherapy’, while its use as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as ‘stage hypnosis’.
Contrary to a popular misconception—that hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness resembling sleep—contemporary research suggests that hypnotic subjects are fully awake and are focusing attention, with a corresponding decrease in their peripheral awareness. Subjects also show an increased response to suggestions.
Articles about Hypnosis:
- A Basic Structure for Hypnotherapy
- Age Regression in Therapy
- Animal Magnetism
- Classic Stage Hypnosis Inductions
- History of Hypnosis
- Hypnotic Susceptibility
- Post Hypnotic Suggestion
- Scientific American Gets Hypnotized
- Stage Hypnosis
- Stage Hypnosis – the Skeptic’s View
- Suggestion in Hypnosis
- The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis
- What Do You Know About Hypnosis
Last updated: April 30, 2014 at 13:27 pm
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