Why People Use Hypnosis
Have you ever wondered about hypnosis and how it actually works? If so read on as this may answer some of those questions for you, even if you are a skeptic.
Recently I saw a post in the forum which was can hypnosis erase bad memories, 26 years of them to be precise. I responded by writing that I disbelieve it could actually erase the memories but I do believe the power of suggestion could in fact turn something negative into something more positive because hypnosis is a well known healing technique helping with such things as pain, stress, overcoming phobias and quitting smoking.
Facts About Hypnosis
Hypnosis was first identified in 1843 by James Braid, a Scottish surgeon. He discovered a psychological state that could be induced simply by staring at a light just above eye level. Braid regarded this as a kind of nervous sleep and that subjects entered into a suggestible state. Naming it after the ancient Greek God Hypnos, the god of sleep, the newly found state was known as hypnosis.
During the mid 1840s the technique gave way to better uses in surgery such as anesthetics and was all but forgotten until psychoanalysts such as Sigmund Freud and Jean-Martin Charcot began practicing it as a therapy on their patients in the late nineteenth century.
They found that hypnosis was a deep form of relaxation that was able to aid in their patients problems, supporting their own willpower.
Hypnosis is not a form of sleep but rather a deep trance comparing it to the type mediums experience. Most people are susceptible to hypnosis but in varying degrees, although there is a debate as to whether or not people can be made to do things against their conscious will.
Hypnosis is still used for medical purposes today to relieve pain and stress, sometimes it is even used for childbirth for its relaxation technique, however; its main purpose for today's use is for trying to bring up a patients memory, a repressed memory in which they cannot access themselves. Hypnotic suggestion is used on a worldwide basis and in the U.S.A and Israel it is also used in criminal investigations for regression of memory as it can bring up a recall of a place or even car registration number.
Another area hypnosis is used for is paranormal investigation but this method is open to much more criticism than when it is used for medical purposes. For paranormal physiology it is most often used for recovering memories of abductions, specifically an alien abduction. There are a great many people that have recalled very terrible and unpleasant incidents in UFOs at the hands of extraterrestrials but there is virtually no evidence that the memories are true and some say that the hypnosis can lead a person to recall events that never even happened, although, in my mind if it is used to recall events that people do not fear then it is believable, but if it is used for something we do not understand, it then becomes unbelievable. As journalist turned scientific researcher, Charles Fort said it “Todays science is tomorrows superstition and vise versa.”
Fort was the first scientific researcher to collect data about unknown flying areal objects later known as flying saucers and in 1926 he stated in the Times that even if we were being visited by extraterrestrials they need not hide their activities, as it is the unconventional or respectable thing upon this earth to believe. Even to this day many still hold the same ignorance to unknown matters including hypnosis because we cannot fully understand it.
Hypnosis is used worldwide as stated above but should be used only in the hands of professionals and used only for good intentions to assist in aiding a person or recalling memories not to plant them.
On an ending note I will leave you with a saying I wrote quite some time ago, “Sometimes the impossible is possible and that would explain the unexplainable.”
About Tanya Kime-Wallace
Tanya is a writer and freelance writer as well as the owner of a small gardening business. She developed a love for writing at a very young age and is extremely passionate about the written word. She is capable of writing virtually anything she sets her mind to including but not limited to a 300 page manuscript for a horror novel as well as working on the sequel to it. She has extensive knowledge about horticulture and gardening teaching workshops relating to this subject and enjoys being able to share it with others. She has many interests and when she feels something is interesting or important enough to share, she will write about it.
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