The Use Of Hypnosis In
Hypnosis Throughout History The beginning of hypnosis can be
traced back through the history of man. All major cultures
around the world have some form of hypnosis in their history,
though it was not recognized as hypnosis until the beginning of
the last century.
The chant of Ohm by Hindus produced hypnotic trances in
devotees. Witch doctors in the middle ages and mass faith
healing sessions mistook the trance of hypnosis as a sign of
ultimate spiritual attainment.
Other religious groups would use herbs to enhance the
experiences of the devout. In more modern times, political
leaders have put their listeners into hypnotic trances using
their oratory skill. Hitler and Saddam, for example, have
manipulated this suggestive state of their followers to achieve
their personal goals.
The concept of hypnosis was started by Austrian healer Franz
Anton Mesmer in the 18th century. He believed he could store
animal magnetism in inanimate objects such as magnets and
transfer it to patients. Later on he started to use his own
body as the store of the healing force.
His success in inducing a trance become popular around the
world, and was the forerunner of hypnosis. Marquis de Puysegur,
a student of Mesmer, believed that it was not magnetic but
electric and present in all living beings. He held his healing
sessions in a natural environment.
In the mid 1800s, John Elliotson used the trance state to
perform over 1800 surgeries without pain. James Esdaile
performed major surgeries in India around the same time using
the trance as the only form of anesthesia.
In the 19th century, James Braid gave the trance a
scientific explanation, and recognized hypnosis as a state of
exaggerated suggestibility. The fact that hypnosis is accepted
by medicine today is mostly because of the efforts of
researchers starting in the early 20th century.
At the top of the list are Clark Hull and his student Milton
Erickson. Hulls 1933 discussion Hypnosis and Suggestibility is
still considered a classic of hypnosis scientific
In 1935, Milton Erickson started using medical hypnotherapy
on a large scale with his patients. He established many of the
successful induction techniques that are still
Common Food Cures
Hypnosis Seminars For Quitting Smoking
A seminar is used most often by people who want the assistance of a group, or for a business or group that wants to help a large number of employees or members stop their smoking habits. Whether or not a stop smoking hypnosis seminar will work is up to some debate.
There are many people who do not believe in them, and others that it did not work for. However, for other people, the aspect of having a large group of people coping with the same problem they are can be motivating and encouraging.
Since smoking itself is often a social activity (how many people start it back up at a party or social gathering with other smokers) it makes sense that making quitting smoking a social activity as well may have some success. A group session is limited, however, in that it cannot deal with individual problems
In 1950, Theodore Sarbinin started the skeptical modern concept
of hypnosis. Hypnosis was considered as an alternative to the
views that a single neurological and psychological state
underlies all hypnotic phenomena and that suggestion could
produce responses without the help or participation of the
Currently, hypnosis is becoming more and more widely used
as an alternative to traditional therapies. It has been
shown to alleviate pain and other symptoms of chronic
diseases, to be successful in eliminating the patient of a
bad and unwanted habit, and even been useful in addressing
certain mental disorders.
Hypnosis or meditation are good ways to
help yourself relax and let go of things
that cause you stress or anxiety.
This in turn can help you if you comfort
eat, or if you can't sleep due to
As studies continue to validate the efficacy of hypnosis,
its use will certainly become more commonplace. More and
more people will be able to find relaxation and relief from
their problems without the use of drugs and medication and
in the comfort of their own homes. With time, disorders
that are currently commonplace may fade into oblivion.