History Of Hypnosis

Here is a brief summary of the history of hypnosis.

The word "hypnosis" comes from the Greek word, "Hypnos" which means sleep. The concept dates as far back as the 5th century B.C. when the Egyptians and the Chinese used it in their sleep temples and as a medical treatment. It was used to get a subject in a highly focused state to help bring about healing. The belief that saying words that had particular meaning over and over could actually change a person has been a monumental aspect. of human development.  Naturally using a variety of states to enhance this uniquely  human quality is of major importance through out all of our history.  Wether or not it has been called "hypnosis" is still a controversy in many circles today. One reason is  because of the complexity of identifying when a person is "in a state of trance".  Luckily there is pleanty of inforamtion on this site that will address the new technology which helps with determining that aspect of the history of hypnosis, so click around on here for more info. 

Let me stick to the topic of the history of hypnosis

I will say that it is commonly known that the use of hypnosis appears to have dropped off the face of the earth for a few hundred years. 

Here are some of the major contributors in the histroy of hypnosis :

Franz Anton Mesmer introduced Mesmerism -hence the word, "mesmerize" in 1774 A.D. He was an Austrian physician named who is credited with the first formal use of hypnosis to treat certain psychological physical and psychological aliments. At the time, he witnessed a priest using an approach that included the use of magnets being spun around the patient in an effort to balance bodily fluids that would result in a cure. Mesmer began to experiment with the concepts and eventually became very well received in France.

James Braid a Scottish neurosurgeon in credited with introducing the terms hypnosis and hypnotherapy in 1842. Although he agreed with many of the useful applications of using hypnosis he disagreed with the tenant that magnetism was the way to induce the hypnotic trance. He found that by using the starring approach combined with focused concentration a subject was able to get into a trance state. He is given credit for coining the term "hypnosis". He is considered to be the Father of Modern Hypnotism.

Jean Martin Charcot further advance the use of hypnosis in various directions and during this time. The First Internationals Congress for Experimental and Therapeutic Hypnotism attracted such attendees as himself other notable forerunners and contributors of the field Hypnotism, such as Sigmund Freud, Hippolote Bergheim and Ambroise- Auguste Liebeault. Ambroise -Auguste Liebault is credited with coining the term "hypnotherapy". During his life time (1823-1904) he furthered the study of hypnosis. He introduced the concept of "suggestion" . He became a well known educator and contributed to the research and study of the formal uses of Hypnosis in France during the last half of the 19th century. He is considered to be the Father of Hypnotherapy.

After a long period of most medical communities dismissing the uses of hypnosis a resurgence in the interest of its application came about again in the 1950"-both the American and British Medical Associations started recommending hypnotherapy for physical and mental ailments.

In 1995, the modern history of hypnosis reveals that science started to gain more acceptance of hypnosis, when the National Institute of Health recommended that it be an option in the medical protocol for chronic pain.

After this, just as with other applications used in treating aliments, we saw increased regulation and research about the hsitory of hypnosis and its applications began to become more formalized by instructor and schools and thus licensing  began.

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Recently in the long history hypnosis a leap in popularity has emerged in reaction to the combination of two things , the luxury of the personal development age of the 80's and 90's in combination with convenience and momentum of the  the information age of the millennium. 

Words provide information so logically since hypnosis is all about words....  it has been  gaining  wider acceptance. It is cyclical, more acceptance, led to more research, so more healers are using some of it's many applications in many areas of personal development.

Over the recent history of hypnosis licensing boards and regulatory agencies that were put in place to protect the public were not exactly sure how to regulate it's use.  Establishing criteria for standards of practice for clinicians has undergone minor changes.   The clinical use of hypnosis  was kind of on the back board for most licensing boards to delineate it applications. Yet this is changing as I write this page.  New updates in the modern history of hypnosis are a constant.

Changing the publics perception about hypnosis  is one dynamic area of contribution to the history of hypnosis that we are experiencing as I write this.

We have finally reached a new Triumph in the field in the United States.  Each state is left to decide for it's members what the criteria is for regulating the use of hypnosis as an intervention to help bring about change and it's applications in healing.

In 2010 In Washington state now gives recognition and formal standards of practice to those who are Hypnotherapists,  Currently it its now required that The Washhington Board of Behavioral Science regulations requires that several of the credentialing members who promote the mission,  be  Certified Hypnotherapist.  This has allowed for the prestige of hypnosis to be bought to a significantly higher level then any other time in history of hypnosis in the United States.  This is a great leap for most practitioners who have set the ground work to legitimatize its uses. What this means for you is that you can now actually get hypnotherapy paid for by your insurance company if your hypnotherapist licensed in Washington.

The hope of most professional is that the other state licensing agencies will follow, but is it slow in coming.

Today we live in a professional climate with elevated standards.

State regulators are strict in their approach to allowing hypnotherapists to practice.

Only those holding Advanced Degrees in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Education and related fields are permitted to do Clinical Hypnotherapy.However the public awareness of this is limited so you have many people out there giving seminars on how to with out the background in ethics that those who are credentialed practitioners must adhere to.

That is a Master Of Arts or Master of Science or the equivalent in something in the human service field... from an ACCREDITED University.

Today their are many avenues to seek good hypnosis and the field is very flexible and has many applications varying from improving your sports performance to smoking cessation as well as relieving anxiety and stress.

There are many books and now celebrity hypnotists without credentials who are offering solutions for those who have tried other traditional methods to change their lives in a positive direction. Some with great success and so its hard to argue against their marketing sessions that help others who are looking for solutions.

The best bet for anyone interested in seeking out hypnosis for change is to look for the state credential if its not there then look at how many successes the hypnotist is getting and do some research about the person before you decide. Trust your self. Remember that some are very, very talented and can help you in less time then traditional methods,  and don't be afriad to try out a different one if the one you went with was unsuccessful the next one might be exactly the one that will be what you are needing to get the desired results your seeking.

Hypnosis is an ART and no two hypnotist sound the same much like all good art when it moves you.... it moves you. 

The important thing is that through out the history of hypnosis,  we have finally reached a point in history where we are coming closer and closer to understanding the scientific explanations for how important WORDS are.

Words can lift me up

Words can drag me down



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