• Hypnotic History!

    There's an interesting account of Scottish surgeon James Braid's study of the subject he eventually termed hypnotism available here.

    In November 1841, while attending a demonstration of 'animal magnetism' given by Charles Lafontaine, Braid was astonished to discover that the subjects were in a different physical state.

    Looking for a scientific explanation for the results of magnetism or mesmerism as it was often called, he maintained that no magnetic agency of any sort was responsible. When a subject experienced a transformation only to revert back to his original state, it had not occurred because of the operator. Braid began self-experimentation with a form of self- or auto-hypnotism. The success of this practice demonstrated that it had nothing whatsoever to do with the 'gaze', 'charisma', or 'magnetism' of the operator.

    Since Braid coined the term he is considered a pioneer of hypnotherapy and is regarded by many as the first genuine 'hypnotherapist' and the 'Father of Modern Hypnotism'. Some people claim that hypnotism as a tool for health originated in ancient India, where Hindus often took their sick relatives to sleep temples to be cured by hypnotic suggestion – as in ancient Egypt and Greece too. Hypnotic-like inductions were used to place the individual in a deeply relaxed state.

    As a form of pain management during operations, Surgeon James Esdaile reported on 345 major operations performed using ‘mesmeric sleep’ as the sole anaesthetic in India. The development of chemical anaesthetics soon saw the replacement of hypnotism in this role. However, hypnotherapy is increasingly used during operations in the current era. Another surgeon, John Elliotson, reported numerous painless surgical operations that had been performed using hypnosis in 1834. And as noted in a previous blog entry, before the invention of chemical anaesthesia, field doctors, most notably during the American Civil War, used hypnosis as a medical application.

    Modern clinical hypnotherapy is used for controlling and curing a wide variety of issues, including fears and phobias, stress related issues, anger, depression, anxiety, OCD, skin diseases, weight management, pain management, soothing anxious surgical patients etc. – indeed, the breadth and versatility of hypnotic psychotherapeutic intervention is making hypnosis the most popular form of ‘talking therapy’ available.

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