What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis can be defined in numerous ways, all of them are correct. Some definitions just speak more clearly to us than others. Some definitions for hypnosis include:
- Hypnosis is an altered state in which you bypass the critical faculty of your conscious mind and establish selective thinking in your subconscious mind.
- Hypnosis is a state of heightened awareness dominated by the subconscious mind. It involves guided concentration on one small thing to the exclusion of everything else. During hypnosis, brain wave patterns slow down to an alpha state indicative of alertness. At the same time, the brain loses the critical and reasoning ability that might otherwise cause it to reject suggestions.
- “Hypnosis is an altered state within which suggestions have a peculiarly potent effect.” (Bowers)
- “Hypnosis is nothing but an aspect of conditioning.” (Salter)
- “Hypnosis is a particular altered state of selective hyper suggestibility brought about in an individual by the use of a combination of relaxation, fixation of attention and suggestion.” (Ansari)
- “Hypnosis is largely a question of your willingness to be receptive and responsive to ideas, and to allow these ideas to act upon you without interference. These ideas we call suggestions.” (Weitzenhoffer and Hilgard)
- “Hypnosis is a state of intensified attention and receptiveness to an idea or to a set of ideas.” (Ericson)
- “Hypnosis is a state of relatively heightened susceptibility to prestige suggestions.” (Hull)
- “Hypnosis is a process which produces relaxation, distraction of the conscious mind, heightened suggestibility and increased awareness, allowing access to the subconscious mind through imagination. It also produces the ability to experience thoughts and images as real.” (Krasner)