- an artificially induced trance state resembling sleep, characterized by heightened susceptibility to suggestion.
Origin of hypnosis
Examples from the Web for hypnosis
It was enough to feel, as one model came down the runway after another, a state of hypnosis coming on.Marc Jacobs' Spring Summer 2013 Show: Walk The Line
September 12, 2012
He was unwilling to believe that he had been in hypnosis at all.
When he was in hypnosis, I reënforced the conditions for an opposite attitude.
This is so common that hypnosis has come to be known as a port of last call.
It is one of the difficulties that we encounter in hypnosis, and as yet it has not been resolved.
You may read a newspaper article warning about the "dangers" of hypnosis.
- an artificially induced state of relaxation and concentration in which deeper parts of the mind become more accessible: used clinically to reduce reaction to pain, to encourage free association, etcSee also autohypnosis
Word Origin and History for hypnosis
1869, "the coming on of sleep," coined (as an alternative to hypnotism) from Greek hypnos "sleep" (see somnolence) + -osis "condition." Of an artificially induced condition, from 1880.
- A trancelike state resembling somnambulism, usually induced by another person, in which the subject may experience forgotten or suppressed memories, hallucinations, and heightened suggestibility.
- A sleeplike state or condition.
- A trancelike state resembling sleep, usually induced by a therapist by focusing a subject's attention, that heightens the subject's receptivity to suggestion. The uses of hypnosis in medicine and psychology include recovering repressed memories, modifying or eliminating undesirable behavior (such as smoking), and treating certain chronic disorders, such as anxiety.
Placing persons in a drowsy, sleeplike state in which they allegedly become vulnerable to the suggestions made by the hypnotist. Hypnosis may also be used to tap into the unconscious and is often characterized by vivid recall of memories and fantasies. These properties make hypnosis a useful tool in psychotherapy. Hypnosis also has sinister implications, for subjects may be manipulated to perform embarrassing actions or be susceptible to carrying out the hypnotist's commands after the hypnosis session (posthypnotic suggestion).