What Is Hypnosis? Essay

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What is Hypnosis? Psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis. Discuss the role of relaxation in Hypnotherapy. Before a definition of hypnosis is given, I would like to assign some lines to what general public thinks that hypnosis is, or what is the first thing that the word hypnosis brings up to their minds. Words like “fear”, “crazy”, “scary” and “sleep” were the most commonly used when asked around families, friends and colleagues. Phrases like “Feel uncontrolled”, “to be forced to do unwilling things”... were also stated by other people. Only few showed a more positive approach by using words like “exciting”, “healing”, “therapy” and “help”. It is not a surprise the outcomes of my questioning, it only reflects how most of the population has received information about Hypnosis, which is by television show programs, where the whole intention of these kind of settings is to entertain the public. There is various ways to give a definition of Hypnosis. Dr. F.L. Marcuse defines Hypnosis as “an altered stated of the organism originally and usually produced by a repetition of stimuli in which suggestion (mo matter how defined) is more effective than usual”. The American Psychological Association describes hypnosis as “a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist”. And Dr. Bryan Weiss states that “Hypnosis is a state of focused concentration, of the sort many of us experience every day”. Most of us have entered in a hypnotic state every day, for example when driving a car for few miles and arriving home without realizing how we got there, or when after reading few pages of a novel then we realized that we don’t know the content of these pages, etc... What hypnosis tries to achieve is to reach the subconscious in a deeper level but leaving your conscious mind always aware of what is happening. However, during

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