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New Hypnosis

    Hypnosis: a state that resembles sleep. Induced by suggestion.

  •  Not everyone can be hypnotized.
  •  Those who score high on the Standford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale are susceptible.
  •  Someone is hypnotized by hypnotic induction.

Theories of hypnosis

    The first physiological theory was Mesmers theory of animal magnetism, which maintained that an invisible magnetic fluid resided in the therapist's body, & was responsible for curing the afflicted parts of a patient's body by means of hand-passes. You can be "Mesmerized"

    Altered state theory of hypnosis (Milton Erickson) - hypnosis puts a person in an altered state of consciousness, during which the person is disconnected from reality, which results in being able to experience & respond to suggestion.
    Sociocognitive theory of hypnosis - A person "buys in" to the process because of social pressure (no hypnotic induction is involved).

Behaviors (of hypnosis)

    Hypnotic analgesia - absence of the sense of pain after hypnosis
    Posthypnotic suggestion - The control of the mind of an hypnotic subject by ideas in the mind of the hypnotizer.
    Posthypnotic amnesia - not remembering
    Age regression - no evidence for this really happening
    Imagined perception -

    The medical & therapeutic applications of hypnosis while useful in reducing the perception of pain & the enhancement of the therapeutic setting may be overstated.

General Psychology
Robert C. Gates