A presentation on an altered form of consciousness
Overview What is hypnosis? Hypnosis myths The facts about Hypnosis The conscious controversy
What is Hypnosis?Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness that isoften used in “magic” shows and is a popular tool instory telling, such as television or movies. Now while itmay seem like a bunch of mystical mumbo-jumbo, thereis a grain of truth hidden beneath the smoke andmirrors. People can be sent into a hypnotic state thatdoes alter the way the mind works slightly. Here aresome of the finer, defining points on hypnosis.
What is Hypnosis? Hypnosis is a Trancelike state Hypnotized people are more susceptible to the suggestions of others Hypnosis is considered an altered state of consciousness Hypnosis is similar to the normal waking consciousness
Hypnosis “myths”Popular entertainment would have you believe thathypnosis is some form of magic; allowing youunrestricted access to a person’s mind and even allowingyou to control their every thought. The simple truth isthat a lot of this is not true. There are a large number ofmyths about the “mystical powers” of hypnosis, but thenext two slides will show that the majority of said mythsare just that; myths. Here is the truth about the mostpopular myths.
Hypnosis “myths” People cannot be hypnotized against their will Hypnosis cannot be used for mind control No one can be hypnotized into preforming a self- destructive act You will not share any secrets while hypnotized
The facts about HypnosisNow, that’s not to say that hypnosis is completely fake;There are quite a few things about it that are true.Hypnosis does send the hypnotized person into a near-sleep state and opens them up to the suggestions ofthose nearby. Here are some of the facts that have beenfound across multiple sets of studies on Hypnosis.
The facts about hypnosis Approximately 15% of people are highly susceptible to hypnosis. Between 5% and 20% of individuals are not susceptible to hypnosis at all. People who show a high ability to concentrate are most easily hypnotized
The facts about hypnosis Hypnosis increases memory and the ability to recall information Hypnosis aids in voluntary change, such as helping the hypnotized individuals quit smoking or drinking Hypnosis has been used in a verity of therapeutic manners, including, occasionally, in Psychological appointments.
The conscious controversyHypnosis is not without it’s controversy though. Manyarguments are made regarding whether or not thehypnotic state is an altered state of consciousness, or if itis merely a function of the waking consciousness. Thecontroversy has lead to three different ideas behind thehypnotic state and what role it plays, as listed in the nextslide.
The conscious controversy The first theory states that the Hypnotic state has a distinctive change to the electrical impulses of the brain, making it a true altered state. The second says that the differences are negligible, making hypnosis just a method of entering waking consciousness. The third is a middle ground, stating hypnosis as a altered version of waking consciousness
Sources Psychsmart by McGraw-Hill The Cleveland Hypnosis Center’s Youtube Channel Wikipedia