Have you ever wondered who the first person was to be hypnotized, when hypnosis was discovered, and the amazing effects it can have on people? Hypnosis has no known time of discovery. It is so ancient that no one can pinpoint the exact time of its birth. What is hypnosis? According to “The American Heritage Dictionary,” it is defined as “an induced sleeplike condition in which an individual is extremely responsive to suggestions made by the hypnotist.”
The name “hypnosis” was derived from the Greek God’s name “Hypos,” who was believed, by the Greeks, to be the God of sleep. People chose the God of sleep, because they used to think of hypnosis as a different, mysterious sleep. Surprisingly however, hypnosis is closer to consciousness than it is to sleep. Although people believed in hypnosis as a special, magical power to achieve success in manipulating people’s behaviors and opinions as they pleased, the current perception of hypnosis has caused a giant change in people’s views of hypnosis. Today’s doctors define hypnosis as a usual scientific term of a state of mind that is not thoroughly comprehended by today’s scientific knowledge. Hopefully, we will be able to fill in the missing spaces of our knowledge with the new discoveries that will be taken in the future.
Egyptians, living in 1500 BC, are the oldest known people using hypnosis. Even though it is well assumed to have started way before 1500 BC, we cannot go any further, since there is no evidence suggesting that it started in an earlier period of time. Following the Egyptians, the Greeks later adopted this method.
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The perspective towards hypnosis remained well rooted until the 19th century, when the idea of using hypnosis, not as a magical tool, but as a scientific tool in aiding the healing of certain illnesses, was triggered. One of the key figures in this motivation was an Austrian named Frank Anton Mezmer, who won fame and popularity by using hypnosis in treating illnesses. However, people’s critical views towards Anton’s method stood an obstacle in thinking scientifically about hypnosis. The first spark of light in understanding the ”modern-view” of hypnosis came with a physician named James Braid. Examining Mezmer’s work, Braid concluded that hypnosis was a scientific state of ones’ mind, much like a sleep, that could be used by doctors in healing people. Thinking of it as a sleep, he named it “hypnosis”. Although he later discovered that hypnosis was not at all like sleep and tried to change the name, “hypnosis” was already in common use by people.
As time went on, people discovered more and more about hypnosis. According to today’s understanding of hypnosis, people are divided into three groups: “highs”, “mediums”, and “lows”. The “highs” are the people who can be deeply hypnotized, whereas “mediums” and “lows” cannot go that deep. The majority of people belong to the “mediums” category, although 20% belong either to the “lows” or the “highs”.
“How does it feel to be hypnotized?” is a common question. Although it is difficult to completely answer this question, since everyone feels differently, the majority feel as if they are inside the world of their imagination and mind. This allows people to accurately remember past moments in life.
When it comes to the effects hypnosis can have on people, it can manipulate a person’s view, and in turn, change his behavior. Why is that so? It is because when a person is hypnotized, he is in a state of mind that is greatly effected by the hypnotizer. Everything stated by the hypnotizer seems so wise and educated that the person starts changing his views about certain things. This allows the hypnotizer to aid that person in having discipline for eating less, exercising, abstaining from smoking, and many more. The hypnotizer can also ask people about their past experiences to understand what has caused their current problems. My moms friend’s daughter, for instance, is really scared of going to the dentist. Her parents could not understand why she was so scared of that, so they took her to a hypnotizer to find out. When the hypnotizer put her on hypnosis and asked her about it, she explained it like this:
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“When I was three years old, I had problems with my teeth so my parents took me to the hospital. When they took me to the doctor, the doctor told them that she could not help me and that my parents were supposed to take me to a “bigger hospital.” I was really frightened at hearing the name “bigger hospital”; I thought that my situation was really dangerous and could not be dealt there, and thus my parents had to take me to a “bigger” one. Since that day we went to the hospital, I am really scared of going to the dentist.”
My aunt’s friend was also hypnotized because of the many social problems she was facing. Trying to understand her past experiences, the hypnotizer asked her how she felt when she was in the womb. She started off by saying things like “I felt a bit bored sometimes…”. Unfortunately, she was not able to continue, because of a disturbance caused by a telephone ringing.
It is amazing how the human brain is capable of remembering every single moment in life when hypnotized. Although today’s scientists have unlocked the doors of curiosity leading to the knowledge of hypnosis, and people from the past and the present have tried their best to define what hypnosis really is, the science of hypnosis still remains a mystery.
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