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The Encarta Encyclopedia defines hypnosis asaltered state of consciousness and heightened responsiveness to suggestion it may be induced by normal persons by a variety of methods and has been used occasionally in medical and psychiatric treatment Most frequently brought about through 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 relaxation concentration on ones own breathing or by a variety of monotonous practices and rituals that are found in many mystical philosophical and religious systems Another generally reliable source Websters New Universal Unabridged Dictionary defines it asa sleep like condition psychically induced usually by another person in which the subject loses consciousness but responds with certai n limitations to the suggestions of the hypnotist As I stated earlier these two sources are very reputed and the general population believes that they are correct Yet however often they may be correct in this case they are not or at least not completely Not according to the scientific community at least My sources for this statement are The World Book Encyclopedia The Wizard from Vienna Franz Anton Mesmer Applied Hypnosis An Overview American Medical Journal and Hypnosis Is It For You Although they state it in different ways they all basically agree that nobody can give a very accurate definition or description of hypnosis or hypnosis Although some may get the definition partly correct the chances of doing so completely are very very low So although I will probably not be able to give a totally accurate account of hypnosis and its workings I will try Although evidence suggests that hypnosis has been practiced in some form or another for several thousan d years such as in coal walking the earliest recorded history of hypnosis begins in 1734 It begins with
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