The concept of the hypnotic trance was born in the 18th century, with the notorious German physican Franz Mesmer
Mesmer claimed that he could showcase the existence of something he called “animal magnetism,” which is an invisible fluid that “flows” between people, animals, plants, and things, and which can be manipulated to influence people’s behavior.
Hypnosis involves two main elements: induction and suggestions.
Many studies link hypnosis specifically to cognitive processes and describe it as “a phenomenon involving attentive receptive concentration .” Some evidence points to the role of hypnosis in controlling selective attention .
The relationship between hypnosis and states of attention is reinforced by the results of past experiments, in which hypnotic suggestion was used to alter different kinds of perception.
Increasingly, self-hypnosis and techniques of hypnotic suggestion have picked up steam as “life hacks.” Self-hypnosis techniques can be used as a shortcut for achieving relaxation and boosting self-confidence.
Therefore: meditation and hypnosis are closely related, as they both play a role in mind-body regulation.
The potential held by hypnosis for modifying perception is also what makes it fitting as a complementary medicine approach.
Hypnotherapy is currently used to relieve several medical conditions and to help people let go of negative habits that can have a serious impact on their health.
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