WHAT is HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is an ancient phenomenon utilized by Shamans, witches, religious and mystical leaders, charlatans, and finally, medical doctors.
Actually the term HYPNOSIS is a misnomer, i.e. it is not the state sleeping; on the contrary, it is a special and heightened state of awareness and consciousness which indeed may open gates to pre-consciousness and unconsciousness.
Hypnotherapy indicates the methods to induce hypnotic state, which can be described as “a hypnotist-controlled dissociation”. In very deep states of hypnosis, phenomena like age-regression or age-retroversion (not going back to past lives -which is definitely non-scientific and highly dangerous), behaving as if the subject (person who is hypnotized) as he or she was acting, writing and drawing just like if he or she was in that age.
Some people are very sensitive; some are highly resistant to hypnosis and hypnotherapy. This is just like the Gauss Curve, and approximately 70-80% of population is sensitive to hypnosis.
There are many application methods of hypnosis. Staring to the hypnotizer’s mid-eyebrows is the classical form. Music, indirect techniques of utilizing suggestions, metaphors etc. are effective for the induction of hypnoidal, hypnotic and trance states. A skilled hypnotist will use one or a combination of all of these. Losing consciousness is not necessary at all for many cases, especially during the Ericksonian Soft Hypnosis Technique, first introduced by famous Psychiatrist Milton Hyland Erickson, MD (5 December 1901 – 25 March 1980) from USA.
Indeed, self-hypnosis (auto-hypnosis means the same thing) is the root of all hypnotic séances (the hypnosis sessions). After a reasonable course of hypnotherapies, the hypnotherapist ethically should suggest the client using self-hypnosis. Some reinforcing séances are recommended during the procedure…
WHAT is HYPNOSIS USED FOR?
Generally speaking, one may use Hypnosis for almost all kinds of medical and behavioral problems but as Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are not specific therapeutic procedures, other specific techniques like Guided Imagery, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy etc. may be utilized. Direct suggestions are generally not preferred except in small children because they don’t work. If the trust and positive attachment between the therapist and client is once disturbed, it is generally impossible to regain it and the therapeutic alliance is lost.
Although there are some psychiatrists apply Psychoanalysis under hypnotic trance, this is just an absurd oxymoron since Psychoanalysis itself is a dogmatic New Age religion.
IS TELE-HYPNOSİS POSSIBLE?
Of course. Especially among people previously hypnozed, a skilled physcian or therapist mas easily induce a deep trance state. Otomatic obediance, spending Money, being deceived by people WHO say "we are grom PKK. Send us 500 TL to this account". and the person is easily deceived and may become bankrupted. Hypoglicemia or other metabolic problems do not enhance hypnotizability, on the contrary, because of the loss of concentration ability, they migt fall into normal sleep; even epileptic seasures!
WHAT is NOT HYPNOSIS?
Although suggested by some charlatans of deceivers, hypnosis do not have anything in common by supernatural powers, past lives, magic etc.
At this very critical point, everyone must be aware of what is or which is scientific, which or what is not. God, souls, spirits, angels, Satan or other supernatural forces might play a role during or via hypnosis but this is just a speculative FALLACY because it is neither falsifiable nor replicative. Nobody can describe, define, measure and show what these are. They are all issues of dogmatic belief, which has nothing to do with science! One may believe in one of 5000 or more religions, millions of cults, and billions of sects. With just one or two exceptions, all of them force their believers to obey their dogmas.
Human health (mental or bodily, which are not actually independent) is not and should not be a tool of these non-scientific, dogmatic and almost always deceiving interventions.
M. Kerem Doksat, MD, Retired Prof. of Psychiatry - Beykent Unv. Psychology Department - 29.04.2013