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There is really nothing strange or mysterious about the phenomenon of hypnosis. It is simply a particular state-of-mind that occurs quite naturally and spontaneously in each and every normal human being. In fact, you have experienced hypnosis to some degree every single day of your life. Each time that you have been totally absorbed in reading a favorite book, watching an interesting movie, daydreaming, or any number of similar situations, you have spontaneously entered into a hypnotic state. During the time you remain in such a state, outside distractions no longer compete for your attention and you are better able to absorb those thoughts and ideas that you select as having special meaning for you.
Modern hypnotism is assumed to begin with the work of Franz Anton Mesmer, a Viennese physician. During the last half of the 18th century, Mesmer began developing a theory that he called "animal magnetism." Unfortunately, Mesmer's work took place during a time when fear and superstition hung over Europe like a dark cloud. Mesmerism, as it was called then, was looked upon as sorcery and witchcraft.
In the mid 1800's a Scottish physician by the name of James Braid scoffed at the idea of Mesmerism being sorcery or witchcraft. Braid believed that hypnosis was a state of sleep that he referred to as "sleep of the nervous system." He coined the term "HYPNOSIS" after the Greek god of sleep, "Hypnos."
Today, we know that hypnosis is really not a sleep state. Through the use of sophisticated scientific instrumentation it has been shown that a hypnotized person is neither unconscious nor asleep. In fact, experiments using electroencephalographs to measure brain wave patterns have revealed that brain activity during hypnosis is often indistinguishable from that of persons engaged in normal mental activity.
Hypnotism gained real fame during World War II when many psychotherapists turned toward hypnotism in an attempt to find an effective method of dealing with "battle fatigue" and "war neuroses." Owing to its great success, hypnotism began to find wide acceptance by the medical profession. On April 23, 1955, hypnotism was officially recognized by the British Medical Association as a valid method of treatment. In September of 1958 the American Medical Association approved the use of hypnosis in medicine based on the favorable results of a long and intensive committee study of the subject. The American Medical Association defines hypnosis as "a temporary condition of altered attention, within which a variety of phenomena may appear spontaneously or manifest themselves in response to verbal or other stimuli." To state it more simply, when a person is hypnotized, his ability to respond to suggestion is increased. Hypnosis is generally associated with a state of complete relaxation. This special state of relaxation is one that you can, with practice, learn to create yourself. In this relaxed state, your mind is free to accept positive thoughts and ideas much more readily, enabling you to change fixed negative ideas into strong positive attitudes about yourself and your surroundings.
Hypnosis is a state that the individual actually creates within himself and each person experiences it in a unique way. Some experience the relaxation as a heavy sensation, others experience it as a light or tingling feeling and some experience no unusual sensation whatsoever and are only aware of its presence by the manner in which they are able to respond to suggestion. Some persons quite naturally respond with more intensity than do others. Many will enter the hypnotic state in a matter of seconds, while others may take considerably longer. Highly resistant individuals may have any one of a number of reasons for not readily entering into the hypnotic state while following directions of the hypnotist. Fear is sometimes an obstacle -- fear based on false expectations. However, as the fearful individual gains more and more experience and awareness of the hypnotic state, his fears gradually disappear and he finds that each successive time he is able to enter into the state much more quickly, easily and deeply and with practice can achieve the same degree of success as the best hypnotic subject.
|The instructions presented are from the personal collections and writing library of Mr. Robert E. Cutter, who died December 13, 2001, while in the process of completing the transfer of his work to the internet. These are offered as educational instruction only. The purpose of this instruction is the effective learning and use of hypnotic techniques for vocational or avocational self-improvement. This instruction is not offered as a substitute for, nor as a supplement to, any form of therapy concerned with physical, mental, nervous or emotional illness. Robert E. Cutter served as web consultant for American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association for three years. His hypnosis education came through the training he provided at a school he owned in the 1950's in Los Angeles, California, along with his wife who preceded him in death in 1980. Robert Cutter was not a psychologist and did not practice psychotherapy, but his interest in hypnosis motivated him to provide free resources materials for others who wanted to learn to use the power of their minds to improve well being and health-related issues.|
Michael A. Robinson, R.N.- BC Psychiatry
Licensed Texas State Nursing Board Registered Nurse
Texas State Nursing Board Certified in Psychiatry
In Honor and Memory of Robert E. Cutter, B.S. 1923-d.2001
From the Writings of Robert Cutter's Self Hypnosis Center
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