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Unformatted text preview: Hypnosis November 19, 2007 Stage Hypnosis 1. Is hypnosis necessary? Can’t be sure that hypnosis is taking place 2. The power image – hypnotists 3. The volunteers – already cooperative/extroverted 4. The susceptibility test – weeding out 5. The trance induction – are you getting sleepy? Defines situation as requiring hypnosis, but it doesn’t 6. The “unwilling” subject Typical Demonstrations 1. The Human Plank 2. Pain Avoidance 3. Failure to Challenge – “you cannot bend your elbow”; not: “try to bend your elbow” 4. The Famous Person • Audience assumes hypnotist is controlling behavior & S is helpless • All it takes is a suggestible audience & a dew cooperative hams • Subjects don't actually have to be hypnotized for a good show The History of Hypnosis: Anton Mesmer (1776) “Influence of the Planets in the Cure of Disease” – magnetic energy James Braid (1840) Sleep-like trance: Hypnosis – heightened suggestibility; power is in the hypnotized S, not the hypnotist...
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2008 for the course PSYCH 1101 taught by Professor Maas, j during the Fall '06 term at Cornell.
- Fall '06
- MAAS, J