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Questions tagged [hypnosis]

Questions about how the scientific, empirical basis for how hypnosis works, its application and possible efficacy. Not for sharing anecdotal experiences with hypnosis.

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Exact Medical situation name for Guided Meditation/Visualization to “Re-live a moment”

There are lots of videos & audios for Guided Visualization for particular things like forest, beach, sky etc.. But what should I exactly search to get result for "ReLive past Moment". Is there ...
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Is hypnosis really concentration/focus?

It's widely claimed that hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention. But I've also seen many claims that the hypnotic state is about accessing the subconscious mind directly, essentially "...
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Is hypnosis-enhanced therapy more efficacious than its non-hypnotic counterpart?

There is a farily upvoted question hene (and so are answers to it) on whether "Does hypnotherapy/hypnosis, in any form, for any type of disorder, work?". To me, that's a pretty weak and confusing ...
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How is hypnosis not mind control?

OK, you might have to bare with me on this one. The concept that someone might influence another, even through suggestions, has never once sat comfortably with me. Across the internet people seem to ...
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Sleep vs. Trance

I've been recently reading about hypnosis and I'm asking this question because I've had certain personal experiences that makes me confuse the term Trance with just simple sleep. I'm not a fan of ...
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Scientifically credible texts on how to perform Hypnosis

What are some scientifically credible texts (preferably free and online) that I could read to learn more about Hypnosis. While hypnosis is a real phenomenon, there seems to be a lot pseudoscience ...
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Is Hypnosis more effective than a placebo? [closed]

Hypnosis has been proven effective as way to treat various illnesses. So have placebos. My question is, is Hypnosis more effective than a placebo? In particular has there any experiments comparing ...
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What stops this (one weird) hypnotic trick having the reverse effect to intended?

In one of his endless Blogs about Trump and hypnotism, Scott Adams, creator of the comic Dilbert, claims that by showing an image of Trump's book and his own book side-by-side he can hypnotise you ...
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How successful is hypnosis or hypnotherapy over a distance, for example, over Skype?

Some hypnotherapists offer healings over the internet, whereas some other don't. I'd like to know how successful is hypnosis or hypnotherapy over a distance, for example, over Skype?
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Success rates or reviews of Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT), and number of sessions needed on average

Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT), introduced by hypnotherapist Terrence Watts in 2011, is a brand new form of therapy. Hence, my internet search doesn't seem to give me any idea of how ...
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Possible links of the dreaming and hypnotic state

Recently I was asked a question that made me stuck: "how does dreaming states and hypnotic state differ?". What available EEG, fMRI and other means of obtaining data on the brain activity show in such ...
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How can I recognize if a person is good subject for hypnosis?

Which behavior/personality traits should I look for?
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How did Derren Brown (a hypnotist) do the “how to influence dreams” act? [closed]

In this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMgTIAUt... Derren Brown used multiple methods to induce a dream. The method I wanted to understand was when he puts his subject into a trance and then ...
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Can hypnosis stop cigarette smoking?

Alas, advertisements or commercials for "hypnotherapy" to stop any number of bad habits from smoking to weight gain are almost unavoidable now days. Are there any actual unbiased studies or hard ...
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Are there any studies (fMRI scans, etc) showing why some people (supposedly) are more open to hypnotism?

In this article published in Harper's magazine back in 1996, journalist David Foster Wallace described his experience with hypnotist Nigel Ellery (see the last section of the article, titled "THE ...
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Is it really impossible for a hypnotist to make a participant do something against their will?

Is there any evidence of a hypnotist making someone do something against their will while in a hypnotic state? I know there are many sites by practicioners that state it is impossible, but they have ...
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Is hypnotic susceptibility associated with responsiveness to rapid vs. standard hypnosis induction?

I have been learning about hypnosis, inductions etc. and I have heard how there is a spectrum of how able people are to be hypnotised. There are those who will go into trance at the drop of a hat, and ...
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Can hypnotherapy help to change my tastes in food?

First a few disclaimers: I am from a scientific background but a marine biology and computing one, so I apologise if I get any concepts wrong, but I will try my best. I have never been hypnotised, ...
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What brain wave states are associated with hypnosis?

What brain wave states are most correlated with deep hypnosis?
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Can a person's susceptibility to hypnosis be altered?

It is commonly quoted in popular literature that 10% of people are "highly hypnotizable". Given a set of 10 suggestions, such people would have 7 or more suggestions become active. On the other end of ...
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Are there any negative effects from hypnotherapy for bipolar disorder?

My wife has been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and as her husband and care giver I'm trying to delve into both understanding this disease and being an intelligent guide to freedom from as many of ...
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How important is eye contact for hypnotism?

We had the funny situation where an ambiguous question was asked and then edited to go two ways. Thus, I've reposted the edited version of the question that was not retained, particularly so that the ...
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Does hypnotherapy/hypnosis, in any form, for any type of disorder, work?

Does Hypnosis Work for Treating, or Curing, any Form of any Mental Disorder? Let's say my definition of hypnosis is related mostly to the classical way people think about it. This is subjective of ...
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Can a person be hypnotized to act drunk?

I was wondering if a person could be hypnotized to act drunk? That is, can a person totally lose all his inhibitions while in hypnosis (similar to being drunk)?
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What is the difference between hypnosis and meditation?

It seems that many people say that hypnosis and meditation are very similar. But what are their key differences (both in a soft and hard way)?