The roots of Hypnosis can be traced back to many early religions, philosophies, meditations, and therapeutic practices, which were studied, taught, and followed in many countries, regions and eras. Probably the region that had the most profound effect on the study of Hypnosis was India. James Braid an early pioneer in the study and development of Hypnosis ….
James Braid (1795 – 1860)
Braid was a critic of Mesmerism seeing it as a supernatural theory having no basis in science. Throughout his career, he worked to refute the arguments, which ascribed supernatural phenomena to Hypnosis. Braid modified the techniques used by the Mesmerists and coined the term “Neuro-Hypnotism” which means “nervous sleep”. Braid derived the words Hypnosis and Hypnotism from the Greek word “Hypnos” which means sleep. Braid worked through focused attention and suggestion rather than a mysterious force such as “Animal Magnetism”. James Braid is generally considered to be the founder of the field of Hypnosis rather than Mesmer.
A more recent pioneer in the field of Hypnosis:
Milton Erickson (1901- 1980)
Milton Erickson was an American psychiatrist that practiced medical hypnosis and family therapy. He is best known for his unconventional approach to psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. Dr. Erickson developed a form of therapy using therapeutic metaphor and stories, in addition to hypnosis coining the term Brief Therapy for his approach to addressing therapeutic changes with relatively few sessions. He was well noted for his ability to utilize anything about a patient to assist in their change. His utilization technique included, their cultural background, favorite words, beliefs, personal history, or perhaps their neurotic habits. Erickson’s conception of the unconscious mind was most definitely not the one held by Freud. He believed that the unconscious mind was always listening; therefore, suggestions could be given which would have a hypnotic effect, as long as the suggestions resonated with the unconscious mind.
Classical hypnosis was authoritative and direct, which often creates resistance in the subject. The unconscious mind responds to opportunities, openings, symbols, metaphors, and contradictions. Erickson’s approach; however, is accommodating, permissive and indirect. A classical hypnotist may say something like, “ You are going into a trance”, whereas an Ericksonian hypnotist would likely say something like, “I would like to talk to the conscious mind before you go into trance.” Another example might be, “You could find, that as you are sitting there, relaxing, listening to the sound of my voice, you are going into a trance.” Ericksonian Hypnosis is sometimes known as Conversational or Covert Hypnosis. The NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) “Milton Model” was created by observation and study of Erickson utilizing modeling techniques created by John Grinder and Richard Bandler.
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