Questions tagged [hypnotism]

the study or practice of hypnosis.

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Are participants in stage hypnosis part of the show?

Are the volunteers actually part of the performance (i.e. paid or in other ways compensated) to perform like chickens etc., or is it actually possible to hypnotize people in the short space of time ...
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Can an average person be involuntarily hypnotised?

Often hypnotism is accomplished by convincing an audience member to play along, or by selecting out someone who is suggestible. Can an average person be involuntarily hypnotised? Update: Let us ...
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Does an Erikson handshake induction induce a cataleptic trance?

One element of misdirection used by magician Derren Brown is to apparently place subjects into a catatonic state with the use of flashing lights or physical manipulation of the hands or arms. For ...
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Can hypnosis make things subjectively disappear?

In his book, The Holographic Universe, Michael Talbot describes how Tom was standing next to his daughter when receiving the hypnotic suggestion that she is no longer visible to him. Then, according ...
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Is stage hypnotism a trick? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are participants in stage hypnosis paid stooges? I ask this after watching a recent Derren Brown (UK stage magician and hypnotist) TV program in which he sets out to ...
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Is it possible to cause a skin burn by telling a hypnotized subject they are touching a hot object?

I've read somewhere long ago that the following suggestibility experiment was performed: The experimenter asks the subject to hold their palm open, then tells them: "I'm going to put a very hot ...
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Did this hypnotist accidentally leave participants 'in a trance'?

Is this just a lazy publicity stunt (intended or otherwise)? "Hypnotist's Mishap Leaves People In Trance" Via Sky News I'm sceptical of hypnosis, but haven't seen anything definitive either way.
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Can a hypnosis audiobook induce epileptic seizures?

I noticed a warning on a hypnosis/self-help audiobook that read as follows: Warning: This audiobook contains powerful techniques. Do not listen if you suffer from epilepsy. My inclination is ...
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Can John Morgan use hypnosis to cause people to quit smoking or lose weight?

John Morgan Seminars claim to be able to do two things via hypnosis: Cause someone to quit smoking forever (the radio commercial indicates usefulness for those smoking 3+ packs a day) and Cause ...
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Can hypnosis increase breast size?

Dr Mark Griffiths Blog Also in 1977, Dr. Richard Willard published a study in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. Using a slightly different technique to the previously published studies ...