Homework Assignment 1: What Is Hypnosis?

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Homework Assignment 1 – What Is Hypnosis? Hypnosis is the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behaviour, has been revived but is still controversial. This definition is taken from the Oxford Dictionary. Hypnosis has been evident for thousands of years. Relics in Egypt suggest something similar to hypnosis, although difficult to decipher exactly, it is generally accepted that some form of trance work was used. It is widely known that Australian aborigines have used a trance state throughout their history, as have North American Indians…show more content…
Dr James Esdaile was working in India and used hypnosis to conduct about 400 operations successfully, ‘Whereas such a procedure may well be applicable to the Indian, we would scarcely consider it appropriate for a European or Britisher’, was an extremely politically incorrect response to his success by today’s standards! Another doctor, John Elliotson was the first doctor to use hypnosis in British medicine, in front of an audience of 200 medics he cured a dump epileptic using mesmerism and also used hypnosis in his operations, but this did not make him popular, so he was hounded until his death in…show more content…
It is an experience that everyone that undergoes the set of techniques will find an individual outcome. Some people will find they have experienced a life-changing phenomenon, others will not feel much different than before, although they will be more relaxed due to the nature of the techniques. This is why it is not easy to prove the success of hypnosis in a world that wants concrete evidence. This is not helped by the perception given by stage hypnosis – that often involves illusion and therefore not wholly believed by the viewer. However, hypnosis is a completely natural state that with the help of the properly trained hypnotherapist it can make positive changes to the subject’s mental, emotional and physical state. It does not allow a person to do anything that they do not want to and cannot leave a person stuck in a hypnotic state. Overall it is a beneficial experience that helps achieve relaxation and focus in everyday
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