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What Is Hypnosis?

By August 25, 2011

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Did you know that hypnosis can be used to alleviate pain and anxiety? Researchers have even found that it can be useful in reducing the symptoms of dementia. While hypnosis is often characterized as a sleep-like trance, researchers suggest that it is better described as a state of heightened suggestibility, vivid fantasies and focused attention.

Some of the potential uses for hypnosis:

Learn more about hypnosis applications, effects and myths.

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August 28, 2011 at 3:24 am
(1) LMB says:

Please consider not using stereotypical pocket watch images for hypnosis articles. No one uses a pocket watch for hypnotic induction outside of lousy movies. It takes away from the credibility of the article and promotes misinformation about hypnosis as a serious field.

July 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm
(2) Colleen says:

She was just writing a clever introduction for heaven’s sake. Relax.

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