According to the Webster’s dictionary hypnosis is ”a trance like state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject.”
Part of the word Hypnosis came from the Greek god of sleep (Hypnos). However, you are not actually sleeping when you are in hypnosis; you are in a heightened state of awareness. You have complete control of your actions and can leave the hypnotic state whenever you want to.
Hypnosis is a pleasant state of relaxation combined with a great deal of focused concentration. In some ways, hypnosis resembles and looks like sleep. There is a narrowing of attention accompanied by tranquility and inertia. Unlike sleep, a person never loses awareness and remembers what was said.
The earliest definition of hypnosis was given by Braid, who coined the term “hypnotism” as an abbreviation of “neuro-hypnotism” or nervous sleep.This is opposed to normal sleep, defined as, “a peculiar condition of the nervous system induced by a fixed and abstracted attention of the mental and visual eye, on one object, not of an exciting nature.”
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