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Recently I was watching an episode of the Ricki Lake Show that featured a master hypnotist Glued to the television I witnessed a group of volunteers make fools of themselves - dancing with mops impersonating animals and other abnormal acts Thus my curiosity peaked Over the years hypnosis has been a topic studied by scientists doctors philosophers new agers and those such as myselfThe Encarta Encyclopedia defines hypnosis as an altered state of consciousness and heightened responsiveness to suggestion It may be induced by normal persons through a variety of methods and has been used occasionally in medical and psychiatric treatment Most frequently brought about through the actions of an operator or hypnotist who engages the attention of a subject and assigns certain tasks to him or her while uttering monotonous repetitive verbal commands Such tasks may include muscle relaxation eye fixation and arm levitation Hypnosis also may be self-induced by trained practices and rituals that are found in many mystical philosophical and religious systemsHypnosis has many useful situations One would be in the area of memory When you are entranced in the hypnotic state your sense of memory is enhanced Although this is true the things that are remembered cannot always be regarded as the truth Sometimes when a person is entranced they will remember things that never actually happened but have great personal significanceOne area that has caused tremendous controversy is in the area of hypnotizability The question has been raised many times if there are certain people who can be hypnotized and certain people who cannot be hypnotize There are people indeed who can and cannot The only thing it depends on is how well you can focus People who have better focus generally have better results with hypnotism and people who have a harder time focusing tend to be less susceptible as a general ruleAlthough hypnosis is totally safe as long as your hypnotist is competent and trustworthy some skeptical people
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