For the longest time, you may have heard the myths surrounding hypnosis. While others believe in it, others completely do not buy it. It has been said that people link hypnosis to dark magic. Through a few eerie Hollywood depictions in the movies, hypnosis is portrayed as a frightening instrument of mind control where wicked and evil people (usually the villains) take control of a person’s will creating helpless victims. It is these kinds of portrayals which have led to numerous myths surrounding hypnosis and its attachment to evil power/spirits. It has also led to people not giving themselves a chance to experience hypnosis and discover how beneficial it actually is. What people should learn is that hypnosis is not a mind control gig or a brainwashing kind of experience. It is based on somebody’s free will. A person under hypnosis is aware and in control of what is happening to him. It is, therefore, important to tackle this issue from the beginning and get to understand what it is and what it entails instead of speculating. Hypnosis can be described as a state where one is in a semiconscious state so as to tap into memories that are being regressed or blocked out. It is commonly used in people who have gone through some past traumatic stress and have completely blocked out what happened to them or have lost their memory and recollection on important things in their lives. During the process of hypnosis, a person is said to have intensified focus and concentration. The person can concentrate intensely on a particular thought or memory while blocking out sources of distraction around him at the same time. Hypnotized subjects (the persons being hypnotized) are able to show an increased response to suggestions (the instructions given to the subject while under hypnosis by the hypnotist). It, therefore, does not come as a surprise that there are numerous applications of hypnosis across multiple fields of interests. This includes medical/psychotherapeutic uses, military applications, self-improvement and pure entertainment. Hypnotism has also been used and is still being used, in forensics, sports, education, physical therapy and rehabilitation. It can also be used by artists for creative purposes; some people have used hypnotic methods to re-experience drug states and mystical experiences.
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