Hypnosis Essay

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Hypnosis



Hypnosis


Recently, I was watching an episode of the Ricki Lake Show that featured a master
hypnotist. Glued to the television, I witnessed a group of volunteers make fools of
themselves - dancing with mops, impersonating animals, and other abnormal acts. Thus, my
curiosity peaked. Over the years, hypnosis has been a topic studied by scientists,
doctors, philosophers, new agers, and those such as myself.

The Encarta Encyclopedia defines hypnosis as, "an altered state of consciousness and
heightened responsiveness to suggestion". It may be induced by normal persons through a
variety of methods and has been used occasionally in medical and psychiatric treatment.
Most frequently brought about through the actions of an operator, or "hypnotist", who
engages the attention of a subject and assigns certain tasks to him or her while uttering
monotonous, repetitive verbal commands. Such tasks may include muscle relaxation, eye
fixation, and arm levitation. Hypnosis also may be self-induced, by trained practices and
rituals that are found in many mystical, philosophical, and religious systems.

Hypnosis has many useful situations. One would be in the area of memory. When you are
entranced in the hypnotic state, your sense of memory is enhanced. Although this is true,
the things that are remembered cannot always be regarded as the truth. Sometimes when a
person is entranced, they will "remember" things that never actually happened, but have
great personal significance.

One area that has caused tremendous controversy is in the area of hypnotizability. The
question has been raised many times if there are certain people who can be hypnotized and
certain people who cannot be hypnotize. There are people indeed who can and cannot. The
only thing it depends on is how well you can focus. People who have better focus
generally have better results with hypnotism, and people who have a harder time focusing
tend to be less susceptible, as a general rule.

Although hypnosis is totally safe as long as your hypnotist is competent and trustworthy,
some skeptical people still have fears and concerns. This once again, all relies on how
ethical your hypnotist is. Some people also think that people lose control of their
actions when they are hypnotized. In a way, you do "lose control". From what I have
learned, you enter what I describe as an "uninhibited state", where things that you would
normally find horribly embarrassing would seem perfectly normal, but you do not give up
control over moral decisions. A person in a hypnotic trance can come out anytime they
want to if they are asked to do something that goes against their moral values.

Another use of hypnosis is in therapy. This is called hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy can be
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