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November 18, 2017


We’ve all seen it before…you are getting sleepy…sleepy…and before long, the subject is under the power of the hypnotist…while the art of hypnosis is usually associated with sideshow performances or for comedic affect…but the fact of the matter is it's not some kind of magical act…instead, it's a technique for putting someone or even yourself into a particular state of concentration where you are more free to the power of suggestion and hence more open to specific messages…maybe about breaking bad habits or changing in other positive ways…this induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion is controversial…it has been used in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories…memories which sometimes can be used in criminal cases, and in some cases, hypnosis has been used to get people to do things they ordinarily wouldn’t do for someone else’s benefit…or to allow modification of behavior by suggestion such as quitting smoking…much debate has occurred between those that firmly believe in hypnosis and those who believe it to be a sham.