The History of Hypnosis

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The use of hypnosis goes back at least as far as the Aesculapian ‘sleep temples’ of Greece of 500bc, which were designed specifically for the treatment of the mentally ill. Priests would induce ‘sleep’ using a ritual and then interpret the dreams of the ‘patients’, seeking to cast out ‘bad’ spirits. Looked at objectively, we […]

The Limitations of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

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Hypnosis is a very special tool that allows us to tap into the astonishing power of the human mind, in pursuit of positive, progressive and permanent change. Hypnosis can be used to achieve anything from a simple confidence boost for a driving test or other exam, through quitting habits like smoking or nail biting, and […]

Hypnosis Myths and Misconceptions

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Hypnosis has been prominent in the public eye, on and off, for a couple of centuries or so now, and during that time it has attracted far more than its fair share of myths and fantasies, which have been exacerbated by the media, both in fiction and news reporting. Most people have encountered the urban […]

Stage Hypnosis – How and Why it Works

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At least one in three clients who visit a hypnotherapist for the first time will ask about the phenomena known as stage hypnosis. People are fascinated by the subject. In this article I shall attempt to offer a convincing explanation of the difference between what we do as clinical hypnotherapists and what the stage performer […]

The Public Perception of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

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I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard it said (or implied) that hypnosis is some kind of evil, strange and mysterious phenomena that is all about messing with somebody’s mind. I’ve also heard it said that hypnosis is about taking someone’s personality, changing it about and adding irrelevant and harmful things, all done in […]

Hypnosis and the ‘Myth’ of the Swinging Watch

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Many people have an image in their mind of hypnosis that almost always includes someone swinging a pocket watch. The idea likely originated from Hollywood movies somewhere in the 1940s and ’50s. If hypnosis was featured in a movie it inevitably involved a hypnotist taking out a pocket watch and swinging it gently in front […]

Hypnosis and Past Life Regression

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Past Life Regression is a ‘phenomenon’ where people go back using hypnosis and claim to visit experiences they had in a previous life. Past Life Regression is sometimes employed as a form of therapy, sometimes as a research tool, and sometimes just for fun or an entertainment of sorts. Many people are skeptical of the […]