25 Mesmerizing Facts About Hypnosis You’ll Want To Know

Posted by , Updated on January 12, 2024

It’s safe to say hypnosis has a sketchy reputation. Most people get images from movie scenes of a villain using hypnosis to make someone do something they don’t want. Stage hypnosis acts at Prom also give hypnosis a bad name. In reality, hypnosis is a way for you to access your self-conscious. You’re always in control. Today, some therapists even use it as a calming and relaxing tool to help people with a number of mental health problems like anxiety and insomnia. So, sit back, relax, and take it all in. Here are 25 Mesmerizing Facts About Hypnosis You’ll Want To Know.


Hypnotherapy is not the same as hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is a guided hypnosis with the full intent to help a patient overcome a psychological problem.

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While hypnotherapists can receive accreditation and certifications, there are few or no regulations regarding this practice.

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Studies have shown that some people have been able to quit smoking after being hypnotized.

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A study in Cerebral Cortex showed evidence that the brain goes into another neurophysiological state under hypnosis.

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Hypnosis has been shown to have sleep benefits, allowing people to overcome insomnia and prevent sleepwalking.

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Some people are more prone to the affects of hypnosis and have "hypnosis suggestibility." The success of hypnosis is greatly dependent on how suggestible you are to it.

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Hypnosis should not be used on people with severe mental illnesses.

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There are four stages to a Hypnotic Trance: Light Trance, Apparent Somnambulism, True Somnambulism, and Coma State.

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Hypnosis has been shown to unlock the brain's memory and help people find lost items or recall old and forgotten memories.

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Autosuggestion is a type of self-hypnosis where you use positive statements and phrases continually to change your self-perception.

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While hypnosis can be a practical tool to use for certain patients, it isn't a replacement for therapy and shouldn't be the only thing used in psychiatric sessions.

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Hypnosis is as ancient as sorcery and magic in human history, but its scientific history began with Franz Mesmer in the 18th century.

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Parents uncomfortable with using stimulants and drugs to help their child with ADHD may want to consider hypnotherapy. According to Paediatrics Child Heath, "Hypnotherapy allows the child to gain a sense of control, increase self-esteem and competence, and reduce stress."

adhdSource: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2796535/

Stage Hypnosis is a very different kind of hypnosis where the Stage Hypnotist uses psychology to find the right people that'll play along. Once the right criteria has been met, the Stage Hypnotist can usually get people to do what they want without question.

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If you want to become more self-disciplined, hypnosis can be a tool to help you achieve your goal, putting you in a relaxed and trance like state can help keep you on track.

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Whether through self-hypnosis or a hypnotherapist, hypnosis has been shown to help with pain during labour and child birth.

child birthSource: http://www.pregnancy.com.au/birth-choices/birth-information/pain-relief/hypnosis-to-reduce-pain-during-labour-and-birth.shtml

Hypnosis can help people overcome fears and phobias, helping the brain change how it perceives information when its triggered by the phobia.

phobiaSource: http://www.edgemagazine.net/2010/05/curing-phobias-fears-and-anxiety-with-hypnosis/

While side effects to hypnosis are rare, headache, drowsiness, anxiety, and creation of false memories are all known side effects.

headacheSource: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hypnosis/basics/risks/prc-20019177

Though a popular trope in movies, you cannot get stuck in a hypnotic trance. Going under hypnosis is merely a deliberate way to help someone daydream.

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To put a patient in hypnosis, the hypnotherapists will usually follow certain hypnotic induction techniques like visualization, eye fixation, or physical posture.

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Hypnosis has long been used to help people overcome pain by changing the sensation, behavior, and thought of the patient.

painSource: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3324744/

Some hypnotists will utilize rapid induction hypnosis for patients who have short attention spans and will grow bored of long induction processes.

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With a combination of diet and exercise, hypnosis could also be a useful tool to help you achieve your goals and shed the pounds.

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A common hypnosis technique is to mentally guide a person down a staircase.

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Hypnosis can help you eliminate negativity in your unconscious mind and give you positivity, which in turn helps you be more confident.

selfconfidenceSource: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/focus-forgiveness/201408/boost-confidence-hypnosis-and-nlp

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