Hypnosis Facts You Didn’t Know

Hypnosis Facts - Sigmund Freud used hypnosis with his patients while developing psychoanalysis.
Hypnosis Facts – Sigmund Freud used hypnosis with his patients. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Hypnosis Facts

Did You Know…

  • We all experience hypnosis at LEAST twice a day.
  • Hypnosis is NOT sleep, but a natural state of mind.
  • The oldest examples of hypnosis are found in early human tribal ceremonies.
  • One of the earliest recorded descriptions of hypnosis was found in an Egyptian tomb. It’s written on papyrus dating back to 1500 BC.
  • Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used hypnosis for medical and religious purposes.
  • In 1892, the British Medical Association (BMA) formally recognized hypnosis had applications in modern medicine.
  • Sigmund Freud used hypnosis with his patients while developing his theories on psychoanalysis.
  • Hypnosis was used in World War I and World War II to treat soldiers with combat neuroses.
  • Hypnosis can be used as an anesthesia. During times of war, it’s been used to replace anesthetics when supplies were low.
  • In 1958, the American Medical Association approved a report on the medical uses of hypnosis. (Note: In 1987, the AMA rescinded almost all policies from 1881–1958. As a result, the AMA now has no official position on hypnosis.)
  • In 1847, the Roman Catholic Church recognized hypnosis as a natural part of our own ability, and NOT the work of the devil! The decree from the Sacred Congregation of The Holy Office states, “Having removed all misconceptions, foretelling of the future, explicit or implicit invocation of the devil, the use hypnosis is indeed merely an act of making use of physical media that are otherwise licit and hence it is not morally forbidden provided it does not tend toward an illicit end or toward anything depraved.”

Hypnosis Facts provided by Investigative Forensic Hypnosis, by Joe Niehaus.

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