On the one hand, a history of hypnosis is a bit like a history of breathing like breathing, hypnosis is an inherent and universal trait, shared and experienced by all human beings since the dawn of time. Description this section is from the book telepathy and the subliminal self, by r osgood masonalso available from amazon: telepathy and the subliminal self mesmerism and hypnotism - history and therapeutic effects part 2.
Hypnosis: hypnosis, special psychological state with certain physiological attributes, resembling sleep only superficially and marked by a functioning of the individual at a level of awareness other than the ordinary conscious state this state is characterized by a degree of increased receptiveness and. The development of concepts, beliefs and practices related to hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been documented since prehistoric to modern times although often viewed as one continuous history, the term hypnosis was coined in the 1880s in france, some twenty years after the death of james braid, who had adopted the term hypnotism in 1841 braid adopted the term hypnotism to contrast his own, unique, subject-centred, approach with those of the operator-centred mesmerists who preceded him. The use of hypnosis, in its general sense, is found in virtually every culture across the world it most likely stretches back into ancient history for example, hieroglyphics found on egyptian tombs, believed to be from 3000bc, depict the use of hypnosis in religious rites and surgical procedures.
The effects of suggestion without using hypnosis having his patients lie on a couch while he sat behind them was a vestige of hypnosis (freud, 1925/1959, p28.
Once having looked at the history of hypnosis we will go onto looking at the physical and psychological aspects of hypnosis giving reference to beta, alpha, theta and delta waves, the four different brain waves indicating an individual's mental state, which brain wave comes into play during hypnosis and its relevance. Although often viewed as one continuous history, the term hypnosis was coined in the 1880s in france, some twenty years after the death of james braid, who had adopted the term hypnotism in 1841. A brief history of hypnosis in some ways, talking about the history of hypnosis is a bit like talking about the history of thinking or the history of breathing hypnosis is a universal human trait, so its history is the history of humanity itself. The effects of hypnosis are not limited to sensory change even the subject's memory and awareness of self may be altered by suggestion, and the effects of the suggestions may be extended (posthypnotically) into the subject's subsequent waking activity.
History of hypnosis it appears that hypnosis, under other names, has been used since the beginning of time in fact, it has been insinuated that the earliest description of hypnosis may be portrayed in the old testament and in the talmud. A history of hypnosis: from ancient times to modern psychology hypnosis is surrounded by many myths and misconceptions unfortunately, despite thorough scientific research and wide clinical use, some people are scared off needlessly by the stigma that hypnosis is a mystical or esoteric procedure. In psychology, hypnosis is sometimes referred to as hypnotherapy and has been used for a number of purposes including the reduction and treatment of pain hypnosis is usually performed by a trained therapist who utilizes visualization and verbal repetition to induce a hypnotic state. The history of hypnotherapy dates back as far as recorded history it has been practiced all over the world healers,sharmen,witchdoctors,wise women,tribal doctors,hindu fakirs, indian yogi and persian magi have all practiced forms of hypnotherapy, although it was known under many different names.
The roots of hypnotism can arguably be traced in many philosophical, religious, or therapeutic traditions in different countries and eras, eg, christian mysticism, oriental meditation, and western philosophies such as stoicism and pythagoreanism. The history of hypnotherapy indicates that spiritual leaders, priests, healers and philosophers were the practitoners of early hypnosis moses, jesus, mohammed, ghengis khan, richard the lionheart and napoleon all practiced forms of hypnosis. In order to get a clear understanding of what hypnosis is we will first look at the history of hypnosis and the different concepts which have emerged over the years from as early as the 1700's to modern day.
The detrimental effects of being subjected to amateur or inadequately trained persons can be severe and long lasting (see abnormal results below) history of hypnosis it appears that hypnosis, under other names, has been used since the beginning of time in fact, it has been insinuated that the earliest description of hypnosis may be. Hypnotherapy is a combination of hypnosis and therapeutic intervention the therapist leads the patient to positive change while the patient is deeply relaxed in a state of heightened suggestibility called trance. State theorists interpret the effects of hypnotism as due primarily to a specific, abnormal, and uniform psychological or physiological state of some description, often referred to as hypnotic trance or an altered state of consciousness.