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5 Surprising Facts About the Science of Hypnosis

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

The science of hypnosis

Thanks to hypnosis stage shows hypnosis is one of the most fascinating, yet least understood, forms of therapy. Below, we’ve listed 5 surprising facts about the science of hypnosis that will not only dispel some of the myths, but also totally blow your mind

1. Hypnosis is an accepted form of medical treatment.

Hypnosis and also known as hypnotherapy — has its doubters, but it’s been an accepted form of medical treatment since the 1950s. Every year, more and more people seek out appointments with hypnotherapists to find a healthy way to control fears and negative behaviours

To achieve this, hypnotherapists help clients access their subconscious mind, something many of us do every day without realising.

2. Client stays completely awake and focused during hypnosis.

Contrary to popular belief, hypnotism is a natural state of mind. It’s not a form of sleep. Scientists have proven over and over again that clients remain fully aware while under hypnosis, and even retain complete control of their actions.

3. The average person experiences hypnosis at least five times a day.

Believe it or not, you likely enter an hypnotic state at least five times a day. Common examples include arriving at your destination without memory of driving there, zoning out while reading the page of a book, or becoming so engrossed in a movie you forget how much time has passed or who is sitting around you.

4. Officially, hypnosis has been around since 18th century.

Franz Mesmer is usually credited with bringing hypnosis to the attention of the public sometime around 1770. The Austrian physician likely knew about the use of hypnosis by earlier societies, and spent much of his career studying hypnosis and its effects on the human mind. Interestingly, Mesmer referred to hypnosis as “animal magnetism” or “mesmerism,” and the latter of the two is sometimes still used today. (We bet you’re utterly mesmerised by this fact, right?).

5. Stage hypnosis and clinical hypnosis are very different.

When “hypnosis” is mentioned, most people tend to think of stage hypnosis. This is the popular show during which a hypnotist chooses seemingly random people, sends them into trance, and then makes them do hilarious (and kind of mean) tricks for laughs. As entertaining as stage hypnosis may be, it has little to do with clinical hypnosis. The latter is an accepted form of therapy which helps people overcome various ailments and change negative behaviours and beliefs by utilising various hypnosis strategies.

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