The use of hypnosis for clinical and scientific purposes is known as hypnotism. Hypnosis is a temporary altered state of consciousness. Those who perform hypnosis are called hypnotists. Hypnotism is a tool that can be utilized by the right people that are qualified to help others who are plagued by some psychological and medical issues. Hypnotism has been practiced since man was civilized. Unfortunately, most people use it badly and the misuse has made hypnotism a bad thing in the eyes of the society. Ignorance, mistaken beliefs, and exaggerated claims have also played a large part in its condemnation. Some organizations do not share these views and give their support for hypnotism to be used medically.
For a long time, most people believed that magical powers were somehow connected to hypnotism. However, scientists have proven that hypnosis is a common phenomenon that everyone is affected by unconsciously. It is also a very wrong belief that people can be hypnotized without their consent. For the whole process to work consent has to be given by the person being hypnotized. The person being hypnotized and the person hypnotizing the other both have to agree to work together for the state to be achieved. Hypnotism got its bad name from one incident where it was performed in public and the subject was made to do things. This bad rep was then exploited by filmmakers who portrayed hypnotism as an evil thing used for evil purposes. Most peoples’ misconceptions about hypnotism come from these movies. The smooth and simple way in which the movies also presented hypnotism led most viewers into believing it was that easy and trying it themselves which led to unfortunate incidences. These incidences did nothing to improve the already dwindling image of hypnotism.
The Greek word hypnos is where the word hypnosis is derived from and it means sleep. Ironically though, it has nothing to do with sleep. It is just a situation where the subject is in full awareness while thinking they’re in a dream. The subject cannot be forced into anything as they are also fully aware. People can be hypnotized using a certain procedure. The hypnotist makes the state of awareness of a subject change by using language. A sensitive person may experience quite a different state of awareness and often become very responsive to suggestion. Scientists went further to prove that everybody can be altered by hypnotism. Everyone has unique experiences as he or she goes through hypnotism. Some people experience hypnotism without even being hypnotized. The very sensitive people start responding to suggestions without being fully hypnotized and then during hypnotism this responsiveness heightens. Some people also blush or even sweat while being hypnotized. Hypnotism, therefore, helps change the state of your mind and helps you medically and psychologically.