Hypnosis 8. Discuss hypnosis, noting the behavior of hypnotized people and claims regarding its uses. Hypnosis is a social interaction in which one person (the hypnotist) suggests to another (the subject) that certain perceptions, feelings, thoughts, or behaviors will spontaneously occur. Afterward, subjects may experience posthypnotic amnesia. Furthermore, subjects have reported that under hypnosis they have relived experiences from their childhood (age regression). Although hypnotic procedures may help someone to recall something, the hypnotist's beliefs frequently work their way into the subject's recollections. Research indicates that hypnotized people cannot be made to act against their will any more than nonhypnotized people can, that hypnosis can be at least temporarily therapeutic (through posthypnotic suggestion), and that hypnotizable people can enjoy significant pain relief. One explanation is that this occurs through dissociation, a split between different levels of consciousness. 1.. Discuss the controversy over whether hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness.
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course PSY 2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '08 term at Broward College.