The definition of hypnosis as : "the bypass of the critical factor of the conscious mind and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking." suggests that the subconscious plays the main role. But the fact the hypnotized can move, perform the actions suggested shows an unusual power of the es, that in regular sleep is forbidden to it, i.e the control of the body. Has anyone ever discussed, examined and explained this mystery?

This seems to contradict the assertion:"Das Unbewußte kann nichts als wünschen", sagt Freud. ["The unconscious can only wish" says Freud.

  • $\begingroup$ Just noting that hypnosis (though not necessarily hypnotherapy) is generally considered pseudoscience, and is therefore off-topic for this forum. $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    Jun 11, 2022 at 16:57
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    $\begingroup$ @ArnonWeinberg, it's really odd! hypnotherapy not a pseudoscience which is based on pseudoscience $\endgroup$
    – charlie
    Jun 12, 2022 at 8:45
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    $\begingroup$ Related (consious/subconscious/preconscious): psychology.stackexchange.com/q/992/7604 $\endgroup$ Jun 14, 2022 at 6:04
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    $\begingroup$ Also related (hypnosis): psychology.stackexchange.com/q/19752/7604 $\endgroup$ Jun 14, 2022 at 6:06
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    $\begingroup$ @user157860 - I am a defender of a lot of "pseudoscientific" theories but if you look at stage hypnosis it is not real hypnosis, so that causes an issue when sceptics look at the scientific validity of hypnosis. For the pseudoscience classification and the "demarcation problem" see my answer at psychology.meta.stackexchange.com/a/2248/7604 $\endgroup$ Jun 20, 2022 at 7:59


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