Debunking Common Myths About Hypnosis

Hypnosis has a rich history, transforming from ancient rituals to a scientifically validated therapy. This journey spans thousands of years, reflecting evolving understandings of the mind and healing.

Ancient Origins

Egyptian Sleep Temples: Ancient Egyptians used “sleep temples” for healing, where priests employed trance-like states.
Greek and Roman Practices: Greeks and Romans believed in the healing powers of induced sleep and dream interpretation.

18th and 19th Centuries

Franz Mesmer (1734-1815): The Austrian physician who popularized “mesmerism.” He believed in the concept of animal magnetism, a natural energy transference occurring between all animated and inanimate objects.
James Braid (1795-1860): The Scottish surgeon who is often called the father of modern hypnotism. He coined the term “hypnotism” and recognized it as a psychological process, not a mystical one.


20th Century Developments

Scientific Acceptance

Applications in Modern Therapy


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