Hypnosis Real or Fake?


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I just got done watch the Fourth Kind for the second time the other day with my roommates. It brought to mind the concept of hypnosis and extraterrestrial life. I was contemplating doing a blog on aliens but I think the idea of having to be under hypnosis in movie, to help people remember things was something I could expand more on. I will leave the alien blog for next time.

            Studying the brain is the most interesting part of science for me. If I was going to major in any type of science it would be Psychology. The brain is the most sensitive part of the human body in my opinion, because it controls everything.  

I think people are confused or just really don't understand what hypnosis is because there is a lot of people that don't believe in it, but it can be as simple as daydreaming. Hypnosis is a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It's a very comfortable, natural state that we all go into and out of every day. It can be as light as daydreaming or much deeper. It's not mind control, and doesn't come over you like a drug. It feels very pleasant to be in hypnosis, light, drifty and peaceful. 

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Hypnosis is becoming even more popular as a technique to help victims of crimes remember what happened and also help people lose weight and quit smoking.

A research study done in 2009 shows that the brain undergoes changes when under hypnosis. Doctors recruited students for the study. Using functional magnetic imaging, the participants' brains were studied twice: once when the students were hypnotized, and the second when they were in a normal state. The research found hypnosis-lowered activity in parts of the brain, known as the "default mode" where resting, daydreaming or letting their mind wander is involved.

     imgres-1.jpegDo you believe in hypnosis? Why or why not? Have you ever been in a deep daydream? Tell me your thoughts and opinions please!

Here is a video that can supposedly "hypnotize" you. But it only really works if you want to be hypnotized. Try and see if it works on you! 




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I think people can be hypnotized. It may not be to the extent that I have seen on TV but I do have daydreams or find myself spacing out. I do this unconsciously and the feeling is calming. It is almost as though I temporarily leave my body and enter a world much better than the one that I am in now. I think in this sense that hypnosis can be a good thing, but what about the negative consequences associated with it? Are there really any?

I went onstage for a hypnotist show once at a county fair, and faked the whole thing. That's not to say that it wouldn't work for someone else, or for me under different circumstances, but so far, has been my personal experience. In high school I did a research paper on Edgar Cayce, one of the world's most well-known hypnotists of the 20th century, who gave over 14,000 recorded hypnotist readings in his lifetime, most of them free of charge. In a self-induced trance, Cayce would answer a variety of questions subconsciously, mostly in regards to holistic healing, but also about reincarnation, history, and the future. If you ever look into some of his work, you'll find that some of the answers are incredible, for example that "reincarnation is a fact" and that our souls have lived in previously lives, for example during the American revolution or in Ancient Greece, and how those lives have affected us in our modern day lives. If you ever get a chance read "Edgar Cayce on Reincarnation" by Noel Langley, you don't have to believe it, but it's an interest idea.

I went onstage for a hypnotist show once at a county fair, and faked the whole thing. That's not to say that it wouldn't work for someone else, or for me under different circumstances, but so far, has been my personal experience. In high school I did a research paper on Edgar Cayce, one of the world's most well-known hypnotists of the 20th century, who gave over 14,000 recorded hypnotist readings in his lifetime, most of them free of charge. In a self-induced trance, Cayce would answer a variety of questions subconsciously, mostly in regards to holistic healing, but also about reincarnation, history, and the future. If you ever look into some of his work, you'll find that some of the answers are incredible, for example that "reincarnation is a fact" and that our souls have lived in previously lives, for example during the American revolution or in Ancient Greece, and how those lives have affected us in our modern day lives. If you ever get a chance read "Edgar Cayce on Reincarnation" by Noel Langley, you don't have to believe it, but he poses some interesting ideas.

I think it is possible because I know people who have experienced it. My question is, how? How is it so easily for someone to make us hypnotized? The article I attached explains how it works but I still dont understand why it is so easy? Does it work for every one? Can the information given from someone who is hypnotized be considered fact or part of their imagination?

http://www.hypnosis.me.uk/pages/whatis.html

I think it is possible because I know people who have experienced it. My question is, how? How is it so easily for someone to make us hypnotized? The article I attached explains how it works but I still dont understand why it is so easy? Does it work for every one? Can the information given from someone who is hypnotized be considered fact or part of their imagination?

http://www.hypnosis.me.uk/pages/whatis.html

I think it is possible because I know people who have experienced it. My question is, how? How is it so easily for someone to make us hypnotized? The article I attached explains how it works but I still dont understand why it is so easy? Does it work for every one? Can the information given from someone who is hypnotized be considered fact or part of their imagination?

http://www.hypnosis.me.uk/pages/whatis.html

I recently watched this film as well, and I was wondering the same thing. I think the kind of hypnosis shown in the film isn't possible, because there's not much done to hypnotize the patients. As far as legitimate hypnosis, I'm not sure. I think what stumps me the most is how easy it seems to be to hypnotize a person. I feel like the human mind is far too complex to be so easily over-taken. I also think that if hypnosis were so easily attainable, it could and would be used in some very dangerous ways. Imagine if hypnosis was used as a weapon of war, or in kidnapping? I think what hypnosis really comes down to is people convincing themselves of something, and from there willing their mind to act upon it. I think it's more about reacting to an internal stimulus rather than an external hypnotizer.

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