HYPNOSIS is the area of knowledge concerned with certain naturalistic changes in the functioning of the mind and nervous system.
HYPNOTHERAPY is the application of such knowledge to help individuals with a related class of problems.
We will not use the concept of a "state of hypnosis" in this book. Home | Contents | Introduction | Next Chapter
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Hypnosis has been defined as a state of heightened suggestibility in which the subject is able to uncritically accept ideas for self-improvement and act on them appropriately. When a hypnotist hypnotizes his subject, it is known as hetero-hypnosis. When an individual puts himself into a state of hypnosis, it is known as self-hypnosis.