\ue000APA Definition of Hypnosis
\ue000\u201cFather of Hypnosis\u201d--Mesmer
\ue000History of Hypnosis
\ue000Hypnotic Induction Procedures
\ue000Behavior Under Hypnosis
\ue000Hypnosis and Changes in Perception
\ue000Hypnosis and Involuntary Control
\ue000Theories of Hypnosis
\ue000Hypnosis and Emotional Health
\ue000Hypnosis and Physical Health
\ue000Hypnosis vs. Sleep and Dreams
According to the American Psychological Association (APA)\u2019s Division of Psychological Hypnosis, hypnosis is a procedure during which a health professional or researcher suggests while treating someone that he or she experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts, or behavior. Although some hypnosis is used to make people more alert, most hypnosis includes suggestions for relaxation, calmness, and well-being. Instructions to imagine or think about pleasant experiences are also commonly included during hypnosis. People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Some describe hypnosis as a state of focused attention, in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Most people describe the experience as pleasant.
Mesmer used the power of suggestion to \u2018cure\u2019 illnesses in the 18th century. The Austrian physician referred to his ability as a type of animal magnetism. Although his abilities have since been discredited, he is immortalized in the verb \u201cto mesmerize\u201d. He was born in Swabia, Germany 1734.In 1774, Mesmer had a patient swallow iron, and used magnets to \u201cheal\u201d her. In 1775, Mesmer was unsuccessful in curing the blindness of a young musician. In 1777, scandal and embarrassment caused him to leave Vienna.
Mesmer believed that illness was caused by obstruction of the free-flow of life processes, and as a conductor of animal magnetism he was able to help restore the natural process.
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