Definitions of Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a term introduced by James Braid (1795 - 1860). His interest was predominantly in anaesthetics. However the process of hypnosis is much older.

Two definitions of Cognitive Hypnotherapy   appear below: -

“Hypnosis is a highly focussed attention on certain stimuli with the simultaneous blocking of peripheral stimuli” (Dowd 2004). It is a similar state to deep relaxation, imagery, meditation and prayer; but tends to be more systematic, goal directed and formal than these.

“The term hypnosis is used to denote an interaction between two people (or one person and a group) in which one of them, the hypnotist, by means of verbal communication, encourages the other, the subject or subjects, to focus their attention away from their immediate realities and concerns and on inner experiences such as thoughts, feelings and imagery. The hypnotist further attempts to create alterations in the subjects’ sensations, perceptions, feelings thoughts and behaviour by directing them to imagine various events or situations that, were they to occur in reality, would evoke the intended changes” Harland (2002).


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