Hypnosis: Understanding How It Can Work for You

Hypnosis: Understanding How It Can Work for You

Hypnosis: Understanding How It Can Work for You

Hypnosis: Understanding How It Can Work for You

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Hypnosis — the word summons a number of stereotyped images and associations: a gold pocket watch swinging from a chain, an ominously soothing voice intoning, "Look deep into my eyes," sleepiness, dwindling willpower, faulty self-control, amnesia, a flood of vivid memories, an unleashing of primordial impulses, mindless obedience, reincarnation, Dracula ... magic.

The notion of hypnosis is clouded by myth and misunderstanding. Perhaps the most pervasive and frightening fiction about hypnosis is that, for better or for worse (and it is usually worse), one is under the complete and utter control of the hypnotist. In The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari , the doctor hypnotizes a man who thus becomes his zombielike slave. Caligari keeps the unfortunate fellow locked up in a box during the day, sending him out in the dark hours, programmed to commit murder. Similarly, Dracula needs only to fix his redeyed gaze on his victims to sap them of their will to resist.

Hypnosis has received further sensational publicity . . .

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