Definition of hypnosis in English:

hypnosis

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behaviour, has been revived but is still controversial.

    • ‘Given what we know about hypnosis and the power of suggestion, this simply isn't a sane question.’
    • ‘In all these instances, the basic issue is the reliability of memory and the effects of procedures like hypnosis on memory.’
    • ‘Treatment approaches have included traditional psychoanalysis, hypnosis, and behavior therapy techniques.’
    • ‘He was investigating whether hypnosis enhanced accurate eyewitness memory recall.’
    • ‘Paul is a firm believer in the power of hypnosis but he has far less faith in certain other therapeutic techniques.’
    • ‘Some therapists think hypnosis opens a window to the unconscious mind where memories of past lives are stored.’
    • ‘Several persons do try out hypnosis and speech therapy with varying degree of success but there hasn't been a clinching cure.’
    • ‘Others use hypnosis to recover repressed memories of sexual abuse or of past lives.’
    • ‘I'm seeing a therapist who wants me to undergo hypnosis to retrieve memories that I may have repressed.’
    • ‘If you have none, hypnosis or cognitive behavior therapy may help your periods restart.’
    • ‘Another article will provide an overview of alternative therapies, such as hypnosis, music, and guided imagery.’
    • ‘The American Medical Association adopted hypnosis as a complementary therapy in 1958.’
    • ‘The power of hypnosis exists largely in the direct communication with the subconscious.’
    • ‘Studies of cognitive therapy, psychodynamic therapy and hypnosis suggest that these approaches may also hold promise.’
    • ‘As far as I was aware, they had no supernatural powers of hypnosis or mind control.’
    • ‘Also, contrary to what many people believe, hypnosis does not aid memory's accuracy.’
    • ‘After a few minutes, he moves on to hypnosis - but he says it's not hypnosis, just the power of suggestion.’
    • ‘More recently you will recall the hullabaloo about the use of hypnosis to recover lost memories, to help solve crimes, or in therapy.’
    • ‘Treatments such as massage therapy, hypnosis, or acupuncture are sometimes used to manage pain.’
    • ‘The syndrome involves patients unconsciously inventing false memories of childhood abuse under therapy and hypnosis.’
    mesmerism, hypnotism, hypnotic suggestion, autosuggestion
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    1. 1.1 A hypnotic state:
      ‘I was regressed under hypnosis’
      • ‘Has anyone experienced past-life regression via hypnosis or other means?’
      • ‘Under hypnosis, under regression, people can remember significant events from former lifetimes.’
      • ‘Bernstein claimed to have uncovered this information in Pueblo, Colorado, when he ‘regressed’ Tighe backward in time under hypnosis.’
      • ‘Many people have experimented with past life regression under hypnosis and claim to recall experiences from previous existences.’
      • ‘Her approach avoided any direct suggestions under hypnosis that the patient stop the hair pulling.’
      • ‘It seems likely that most so-called past life regressions induced through hypnosis are confabulations fed by cryptomnesia.’
      • ‘Under hypnosis, you lose consciousness and have amnesia.’
      • ‘Reincarnation does seem to offer an explanation for some strange phenomena such as the ability of some people to regress to a past life under hypnosis.’
      • ‘The following day, in her rapidly diminishing window of hypnosis, she still hears water but also hears wolves and cattle.’
      • ‘Thus, visualization may be a facet of the cognitive alterations hypnosis may elicit.’
      • ‘Under hypnosis, I was regressed to a time I felt this feeling.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek hupnos sleep + -osis.

Pronunciation:

hypnosis

/hɪpˈnəʊsɪs/