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    Re: Hypnotism Is It Real Treatment

    There are many forms of hypnotism, I have been under a few times. It works. The question is how you think it should work. I think of it as a very deep guided meditation, and have used it succesfully with therapy to ease anxiety attacks. I have been taught selfhypnosis, and can count others into a very mild trance. The kind I have been under would not have allowed the therapeut to 'make' me do anything I didn't want to, show hypnosis is different, and I suspect that's what you're thinking of when you think hypnosis. It works on some people, though I do suspect a lot of what you see on tv shows could be acting. Though I do know that form of hypnosis is possible.
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    Re: Hypnotism Is It Real Treatment

    Hypnotism is still done in therapy today. I think it can be an aid in treatment, but I'm a bit leery of it, because hypnotism has (usually accidentally, but it could have been maliciously in some cases) implanted false memories in patients.
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    Re: Hypnotism Is It Real Treatment

    Hypnosis is not even a medical treatment or cure. And I really don't think hypnosis is all that effective because some people have strong willpower to overcome hypnosis.

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    Re: Hypnotism Is It Real Treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by Bartmanhomer View Post
    Hypnosis is not even a medical treatment or cure. And I really don't think hypnosis is all that effective because some people have strong willpower to overcome hypnosis.
    As I said, it's still used as treatment in therapy. It's more often used in psychological treatment than physical. The point is not to make you do things, but to get past your conscious defenses to talk about issues you've been holding back on. Yes, some people aren't susceptible to hypnosis, but if you're voluntarily submitting yourself to it, you're less likely to actively fight out of it. You can also hypnotize yourself; I've done it to put myself in meditative states.

    Even the article you linked doesn't say that hypnosis isn't a treatment. It, in fact, says that there is a lot of growing use for it. The problem is that no one is quite sure how it works, and because there hasn't been a quantifiable way to test it. Suggestibility has been tested many times, but there's not really a definitive answer as to what causes it.
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    Re: Hypnotism Is It Real Treatment

    I seen hypnotism on TV and it all BS!

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    Re: Hypnotism Is It Real Treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by Bartmanhomer View Post
    I seen hypnotism on TV and it all BS!
    But it's been in the National Enquirer. And you said that everything was true in that.

    So what gives?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartmanhomer View Post
    I seen hypnotism on TV and it all BS!
    Hypnotism you see on TV, where people are convinced they're a chicken or similar things, is nothing like hypnotherapy. That's like saying you don't believe guns are lethal because you see people in movies get shot fifty times and are fine.
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    Re: Hypnotism Is It Real Treatment

    BMH, I think you're asking the wrong question. You asked if Hypnotism was REAL treatment. The conversation is about whether it helps the society or not. I think it's real treatment, because it... Exists. If you asked about unicorns for example, then I'd say no. Because I didn't read anywhere about unicorns being used as medication.
    Whether it actually helps people or not, I don't know. If you wanted to talk about its effectiveness, perhaps you should have asked if it's an effective treatment.
    From what I assume, hypnosis is some sort of way of speaking to the subconscious part of the brain, which makes the person think on thing or another. It much depends on both the person who performs the hypnotism
    and the person the hypnotism is used upon. But it's only my opinion.

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    Re: Hypnotism Is It Real Treatment

    I don't know about hypnotism, but I use self-hypnosis a lot and have a lot of success with it. I first discovered it when it helped me to quit smoking (it's been almost five years now and I don't miss it at all, and all cravings are long gone). I was so impressed that I decided to get some books and teach myself to do it. It took a bit of trial and error to find the best hypnotic language for me, but these days I enjoy a lot of success with it. It has made massive changes in my life. It's like my magic wand, I love it!

    As others have said though, hypnotherapy isn't the same thing as stage hypnotism.
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    Re: Hypnotism Is It Real Treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by habbalah View Post
    Hypnotism is still done in therapy today. I think it can be an aid in treatment, but I'm a bit leery of it, because hypnotism has (usually accidentally, but it could have been maliciously in some cases) implanted false memories in patients.
    The late 80's and 90's where filled with legal cases regarding hidden or suppressed memories that were later determined to have been planted. More than a few marriages and families were ripped apart because a therapist convinced people they were suffering from things that never happened. I know for many years hypnotic regressions and such was very shunned and looked down upon. Sad part I think is that practice also crossed over into the so called past life regressions and how a lot of those were planted via suggestion and to an extent still are.
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