Hypnosis: Fact or Fraud?

Is hypnosis a fraud?

Psicologiaymente.net extracted photo, original link

Psicologiaymente.net photo, original link

Many people wonder if hypnosis is true or whether it is, instead, an invention. We have all frequently seen on television shows related to the phenomenon of hypnosis. The media spotlight presents a kind of magician who, in seconds, is able to sedate someone deeply, and in that state of unconsciousness, gets answers to questions or gets people to obey their orders, perform actions that do not take place in wakefulness, or which would be unable to be carried out.

Well, it is clear that hypnosis is real. It is a psychological phenomenon that can take place if the conditions are right. But of course, hypnosis is not what is presented in the television shows that we mentioned earlier. People who undergo hypnosis for therapeutic purposes and by a qualified professional do not sleep, but close their eyes, relax their muscles but remain fully awake, think freely, give their opinion on what the hypnotist asks, and can leave the state of hypnosis at any time and stop obeying instructions.

Being knowledgeable about this point, it is obvious to conclude that if the hypnotized person is instructed to do things they do not want to do, they just do not take place, and the person may choose to open their eyes and finish the session. If we have seen that in hypnosis shows the volunteers carry out actions which would not engage in a state of awakeness, it is either because the context encourages them to go with the experience to such limits, or because, indeed, they pretend to be hypnotized. In the first case, they allow themselves to fuel certain phenomena that we usually link with hypnosis: hypersuggestionability, selective amnesia, analgesia, overfocused attention …

In short, hypnosis does exist and there are indeed many scientific evidence and theories that deal with its qualities in many universities worldwide, but obviously you have to know the difference between hypnosis and the version of hypnosis offered in movies or TV.

Psicologíaymente.net article. To read from the original link- in castellano-, please click here.


About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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