Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Definition of Hypnosis

Before going into lengthy diatribes about the various forms of hypnosis, I thought it might be fun to get a general definition.

What is Hypnosis?

Some might say this is a tough question. Merriam-Webster defines hypnosis as:

a trancelike state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject...
Nice. Cut and dry, yes? No. What exactly is a "trancelike state"? What does "induce" mean? Wait. Backtrack again to the word "state." Whoa Nellie.

Confused? It could be really easy to become confused when grappling with subjects of consciousness and the brain. Suffice to say, we are still learning what really goes on in the mind, which I suppose, is akin to the mystery of life.

To simplify or better yet - Ellie's Definition of hypnosis:
hypnosis is all about using suggestions to create some form of inner change, whether long-term or short-term.
Now one could take this farther and use the word "state" from the Merriam-Webster's definition, but again this gets fuzzy. There are a few different camps of hypnosis theory. One says that hypnosis is a "state of mind" or an "altered-state of consciousness." Another says it is focused concentration and expectation that create the results. Personally, I believe the answer is found in both. Focused concentration means putting your mind in a certain "state" of consciousness. The two go hand in hand. I suspect later we may need to devote sometime to delve into this more (and feel free, as always to leave you thoughts on this).

But for now, you have my definition, which may help clarify the perspective in which my words revolve on this blog.

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