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No, staring at a flame will not slow brain activity. First of all, let's define brain activity, and see what 'slow' would mean in this context. I had a lot of trouble finding a source that's neither completely technical nor completely nonsensical. In the end I opted for a combination of the two. Here is a semi-nonsensical one from which I am quoting the ...


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I love the Cochrane Collaboration. They provide meta-analyses of health-related studies. This involves critically examining all of the relevant studies on a topic, and grouping the data together to give more statistical power, and making the results freely available. They have looked into hypnotherapy, and found the evidence to be rather limited when it ...


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Bottom line: This is an urban legend based on some bad (and long outdated) science. These types of claims come in many forms, using a coin, ice cube, pen, marker, file, and so on, to purportedly cause blistering or second-degree burns on subjects who believe that they are being touched by some implement (hot coal, shell fragment, branding iron, etc). A ...


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Negative hallucinations under hypnosis are a decently documented phenomena. In Suggested negative visual hallucinations in hypnotic subjects: When no means yes. Spanos, Nicholas et al write: 45 undergraduates with high scores on the objective dimension of the Carleton University Responsiveness to Suggestion Scale were hypnotized. Ss were given the ...


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In short: No, it is not possible to give a hypnotic suggestion (post-hypnotic or during the hypnosis session) to convince someone to kill another person... except to the extent that it is possible to convince people to perform remarkably antisocial, dangerous or objectionable activities stuff even without hypnosis. Here are three summaries of the evidence: ...


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If the question is whether CRNA Alice Magaw used hyponosis as the sole anaesthetic as implied in the article linked to by your question, then the answer is, no. She talked to her patients to quieten their fears reassuring them whilst administering chloroform or ether. The paper she wrote describing her method of administering these gases can be read in ...


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The murderer of Robert Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan, claimed he was hypnotized and in a trance. To investigate whether it is possible to hypnotize someone to carry out a murder, Derren Brown made a man in the show Experiments shoot at Stephen Fry at a public event with a gun. The bullets were of course not real, but the participants believed they were. One can ...


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According to HYPNOSIS: ETHICS AND RISK MANAGEMENT ISSUES : Focus upon one symptom can result in "symptom substitution". The hypnosis based treatment may appear to eliminate the original problem, while a different problem is substituted. Another woman with a history of panic disorder saw a psychologist for help with her disabling panic attacks. The ...


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The handshake method, I believe, originates from Milton H. Erickson. Here is an excerpt from The Letters of Milton H. Erickson: Relation to catatonia: Briefly, so far as I can tell, there is no real relationship between self-induced trances and catatonia. A recovered catatonia in excellent remission, trained to be a good hypnotic subject, impresses ...


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I haven't read this paper, so I don't know how it reaches its conclusions, but I would really like to: Note: Re-formatted for Skeptics.SE. "Ss" stands for "subjects". Toward an explanation of stage hypnosis. Meeker, William B.; Barber, Theodore X. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 77(1), Feb 1971, 61-70. doi: 10.1037/h0030419 Explains stage hypnosis ...


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Probably happened Actually, I think Operation Gladio is a great example of something that could have very conceivably meet your criteria. Gladio is NATO's oldest covert mission. It was also one of the first missions that CIA cooperated on -- the CIA having largely been started to throw the free elections in Post-WWII Italy. Gladio was a Stay-behind ...


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A summary of research in 2001 on negative consequences of hypnosis inappropriately or ineptly applied, Robb O Stanley and Graham D Burrows conclude that adverse effects can arise through the use of hypnosis in clinical and other settings. These effects can be transitory and mildly distressing. However they caution that there might be potential for serious ...


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