What is the first image that comes into your mind when you hear the word hypnosis? One may picture out a mysterious hypnotist image that is widely popularized in television, movies, and comic books. This weird looking guy waves a pocket watch from side to side, guiding his subject into a half-sleep, or zombie-like state. The subject, once hypnotized, is compelled to obey the hypnotist no matter what how strange, weird, immoral the request is. The subject often says “yes master,” once hypnotized. This widely known representation bears a little resemblance to the actual act itself. As a matter of fact, in modern understanding and study of hypnosis, some aspects of popularized hypnosis is being contradicted. Some of these are on the subject’s response to the hypnotist.
Movies would tell you that the subject is being a slave to their master but modern would say that these subjects really have their free will. Another thing, as what the pop culture would like you to believe, is that a person being hypnotized is in a state of being semi-sleep but rather, they are actually hyper attentive. This is just a background of what hypnosis is, and I know how interested you are right now in knowing how to hypnotize people. In the next few articles, we will discuss more about hypnosis and the benefits of this act- weight loss hypnosis, stop smoking hypnosis, conversational hypnosis, conversational hypnosis, gastric band hypnosis, and a lot more of what this method could benefit one.
In general terms, hypnosis is a psychological state wherein a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is more responsive to suggestion or direction. Others would also define hypnosis as an altered state of mind, and some would like it to imaginative role-enactment. Hypnosis came from the Greek word hypnos, which means “sleep” and the suffix –osis, which means “put to sleep.” Both of the words “hypnosis,” and “hypnotism” is derive from the term coined by the Scottish surgeon James Braid, “neuro-hypnotism,” (nervous sleep,) which is a medical method used now for neuro linguistic programming.
A person who is under hypnosis is believed to have a heightened focus, and extreme concentration with the ability to intensely concentrate on a specific memory or thought, while ignoring out sources of distraction. Usually, hypnosis is done by a procedure known as “hypnotic induction,” which involves a series of preliminary guidelines and suggestions. It is also used for therapeutic purposes, or referred to as “hypnotherapy.” For entertainment, hypnosis is also used and it is termed during stage acts as “stage hypnosis.” It is believed that hypnosis is a form of unconscious resembling sleep, but contemporary research would contradict this, suggesting that subjects who are under hypnosis, really are fully awake, and have a focused attention, considering the decrease in their peripheral awareness. Surprisingly, subjects who are hypnotized shows an increase in response with regards to suggestions.