Posthypnotic suggestion and amnesia

Amnesia (basically selective forgetting in this case) sometimes occurs pontaneously in hypnosis, and sometimes happens as the result of a direct or indirect suggestion to forget something. The amnesia effect may last a variable time, possibly months or longer, depending on the psychological ignificance of the amnesia and the forgotten material and on the intensity of ttempts to recall and availability of recall cues in the environment. A posthypnotic suggestion in general is a response to...

Immune Response

t has long been supposed (and in recent years demonstrated experimentally) hat emotions and psychological state somehow have an effect on human mmune response, but even though detailed mechanisms and the limits of this sffect have not been well understood in modern medical science. A recent article in Science News, Sept. 4,1993, pp. 153, describes 'the first solid vidence that hypnosis can modify the immune system far more than relaxation alone. The report concerns the research of Patricia...

Conscious vs Unconscious

s there actually an 'unconscious mind' in some sense And if so, does texplain certain kinds of response to hypnotic suggestion First, it is very likely that information is actually processed, at least under ertain conditions, outside of conscious awareness, and that it can influence behavior. A modern look at this old topic can be found inKihlstrom's 1987 Science article, The Cognitive Unconscious, 237,1445-1452. This is not to say that any particular 'subliminal learning'claims have support...

Stupor

Think we can fairly conclude from the research on hypnosis done so far that trance' may in fact have useful meaning for describing the subjective xperience of subjects in hypnotic situations, but is not explained, or even described, by any one simple theory yet proposed, either neurological or psychological. All of the current theories seem to leave aspects unexplained. Clearly, selective cerebral inhibition and activation of some kind is involved truly is distinct in some way, as subjective...

Can I be brainwashed to change my beliefs and attitudes under hypnosis

To the extent that this happens outside of hypnosis, it can also happen with he help of hypnosis. Hypnosis isn't generally the critical factor in this kind of hange, it is at best a catalyst in the process. A possible interpretation of such process will be described below. The general drift is that hypnosis itself is not neccessarily used in this process, but that total and complete control of the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual environment permit the use of omething resembling...

Is the hypnotist in control of me

The exact nature of what we experience as 'will' or volition is anage-old philosophical problem that has yet to be resolved by brain scientistsor psychologists. Some aspects of hypnotic responding point out weaknesses in our understanding of the nature of volition, such as its exact relationship to onsciousawareness the capacity and limitations of external stimulii (such as'suggestion') to influence our sensory experience and behavior and hedetails of the patterns by which specific...

Can I be hypnotized without my knowledge

Yes, we can be in trance without realizing it. Our consciousness shifts onstantly, most of the time without any recognition on our part that anything s changing. Certainly we can drift in and out of absorption without realizing t, and a skillful hypnotist may well be able to perform an induction that doesn't seem at all like an induction. Some of the usual elements of hypnosis would be missing, such as the elaborate set of expectations that are normally provided by the patter of an induction....