What is Hypnosis?


Hypnosis is generally considered to be a state of relaxation, which can include a singular focus of attention and sometimes heightened awareness.

There is not a readily agreed definition of hypnosis as following the descriptions illustrate :-

“…an artificially induced state of relaxation and concentration in which deeper parts of the mind become more accessible: used clinically to reduce reaction to pain, to encourage free association, etc

“Hypnosis is the process of communication with the unconscious mind recognisable by the presence of unconscious response to suggestion, such response being characterised by lask of voluntary initiation.”
E.A.Barnett MD

“a state like sleep in which the subject acts only on external suggestion”
Oxford Reference Dictionary

“A temporary trance-like state induced by suggestion in which a variety of phenomena can be induced in response to verbal or other stimuli. A hypnotic trance is not in any way related to sleep”
Cambridge Encyclopedia

“…an altered state of consciousness…. related to T.M. (Transcendental Meditation), the relaxation response etc”
A. M. Ludwig, C.T.Tart

“The state of hypnosis is a state of mind where the limiting factors of the logical conscious mind are no longer dominantly active and the subconscious can be directly communicated with.”
Jonathan Chase – Hypnotist

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