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Hypnosis: What is it, and does it work?

Hypnosis: What is it, and does it work?

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The origins of hypnosis

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 ...

Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews has defined hypnosis as a kind of top-down regulation of conscious awareness, a process in which “mental representations […] override physiology , perception, and behavior.”

Hypnosis involves two main elements: induction and suggestions.

  • Hypnotic induction is the first suggestion delivered during the process of hypnosis, though what it should consist of is still a mat...

Some people are also more “suggestible” than others

Neuroimaging techniques have shown that highly suggestible people exhibit higher activity levels ...

Hypnosis is about attention and concentration

Many studies link hypnosis specifically to cognitive processes and describe it as “a phenomenon involving attentive receptive concentration

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 ...

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