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Monday, April 17, 2017

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Do you believe in hypnosis? In our critical day and age the idea seems unlikely at best, but it has been around for a long time and some very smart people have not only put their faith in it, but have used it successfully.

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "You use hypnosis not as a cure but as a means of establishing a favorable climate in which to learn."

HINT: (1901-1980), was an American psychiatrist and psychologist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Before he introduced hypnotism in 1775, Franz Mesmer tried to heal patients by having them swallow a drink with tiny grains of iron and then moving magnets over their bodies to sway the magnetic currents. When he realized people were reacting to his performance, he stopped using magnets and relied on the effect of his own voice.

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The first recorded use of hypnosis as anaesthesia took place in the 19th century. Dr. James Esdaile, a Scottish surgeon working in India, used hypnosis successfully in hundreds of limb amputations.

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People with the best imaginations are the easiest to hypnotize. Hypnosis researcher Theodore Sarbin calls hypnosis "believed-in imaginings."

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Between 70 and 80 percent of people respond to certain hypnotic suggestions but not others. For example, they may scratch their head when a buzzer goes off if the hypnotist has told them to, but they won't go so far as to pour a bucket of water over their heads.

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Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette believed so strongly in Franz Mesmer's technique that they created the Magnetic Institute in France. At first, Mesmer had patients put their feet in buckets of magnetized water, with cables attached to magnetized trees. The French medical community - and visiting diplomat Benjamin Franklin - denounced him as a fraud.

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Falling under the power of a hypnotist was a legal defense in France in the 19th century. It was believed that a hypnotist could make someone "a toy in his hands" and that the person "could not reject the ideas of the beguiler." People who committed crimes under such influence could not be held legally or morally responsible for their acts.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "You use hypnosis not as a cure but as a means of establishing a favorable climate in which to learn."

ANSWER: Milton H. Erickson.

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