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noun: hypnosis

the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behaviour, has been revived but is still controversial.

Well if you read the paragraph to the right you may be a little concerned about hypnosis. But I can tell you hypnosis is not dangerous and you will not be behaving like a chicken (I often get asked this question) because stage hypnosis is a totally different kettle of fish.

Most of us have experienced going into a light trance - perhaps whilst taking a train ride and looking out of the window and allowing your mind to wander....or perhaps you have even had the experience of drifting off into deep thought whilst somebody is talking to you?

These are all forms of trance - you can hear what is being said to you, you can bring yourself out of it at will and generally it is a very relaxing state.

For the purposes of therapy it really doesn’t matter if you drift off into a deep trance or you stay in a relaxed but light trance - it is just as effective.

“What exactly is hypnosis? While definitions can vary, the American  Psychological Association describes hypnosis as a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist. While hypnosis has become well-known thanks to popular acts where people are prompted to performs unusual or ridiculous actions, the technique has also been clinically proven to provide medical and therapeutic benefits, most notably in the reduction of pain and anxiety. It has even been suggested that hypnosis can reduce the symptoms of dementia.”

More from: http://psychology.about.com/od/statesofconsciousness/a/hypnosis.htm

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