What Is Hypnosis Essay

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Words - 2000 “What is Hypnosis?” Describe the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis and discuss the role of relaxation in Hypnotherapy. For this essay, I will explore Hypnosis and what it is. I will look at where Hypnosis began, giving a brief account of its history and how its past has influenced modern theory and practice. I will give a deep account of psychological and physical aspects of Hypnosis and the changes which can occur. Finally, I will discuss the role of relaxation in Hypnotherapy and look at some of the reasons why and individual may look to this form of phenomena. History would have us believe that Hypnosis is a mysterious magical power, with the Hypnotist having control over his or her subjects; when we think of Hypnosis we reflect instantly to a man swinging a pendulum over a woman, using the power of suggestion; a word that can be used for positive or negative implications. There are a number of fictional stories or dramatised accounts of supernatural powers of Hypnosis, one such being from the novelist George du Maurier of the story of Svengali and Trilby O’Ferrall, a young artist’s model in Paris. Svengali, a musician used hypnotism to turn Trilby into an outstanding singer. He used the fixation of his eyes to have her believe she was a star. On his death, and no more able to be dissociated from her waking self, Trilby’s gift to sing failed her (Robin Waterfield 2004, page 2). This story went on to reach such success that it continues to influence and invoke curiosity in the minds of audiences worldwide. In reality, it was suggested that Doctor Franz Anton Mesmer (1733-1815) caught on to the ancient method of healing of Hypnosis, from the East and its use by Egyptian Shamans or “witch doctors” for healing. He used the stimulation of magnets to transfer ‘cosmic fluid’ in order to cure illness. Successful, though not

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