Definition of hypnosis in US English:

hypnosis

noun

  • 1The 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 behavior by suggestion, has been revived but is still controversial.

    • ‘The power of hypnosis exists largely in the direct communication with the subconscious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was investigating whether hypnosis enhanced accurate eyewitness memory recall.’
    • ‘Treatment approaches have included traditional psychoanalysis, hypnosis, and behavior therapy techniques.’
    • ‘More recently you will recall the hullabaloo about the use of hypnosis to recover lost memories, to help solve crimes, or in therapy.’
    • ‘I'm seeing a therapist who wants me to undergo hypnosis to retrieve memories that I may have repressed.’
    • ‘Others use hypnosis to recover repressed memories of sexual abuse or of past lives.’
    • ‘If you have none, hypnosis or cognitive behavior therapy may help your periods restart.’
    • ‘The syndrome involves patients unconsciously inventing false memories of childhood abuse under therapy and hypnosis.’
    • ‘Paul is a firm believer in the power of hypnosis but he has far less faith in certain other therapeutic techniques.’
    • ‘Given what we know about hypnosis and the power of suggestion, this simply isn't a sane question.’
    • ‘Studies of cognitive therapy, psychodynamic therapy and hypnosis suggest that these approaches may also hold promise.’
    • ‘In all these instances, the basic issue is the reliability of memory and the effects of procedures like hypnosis on memory.’
    • ‘Treatments such as massage therapy, hypnosis, or acupuncture are sometimes used to manage pain.’
    • ‘The American Medical Association adopted hypnosis as a complementary therapy in 1958.’
    • ‘Another article will provide an overview of alternative therapies, such as hypnosis, music, and guided imagery.’
    • ‘Several persons do try out hypnosis and speech therapy with varying degree of success but there hasn't been a clinching cure.’
    • ‘Some therapists think hypnosis opens a window to the unconscious mind where memories of past lives are stored.’
    • ‘As far as I was aware, they had no supernatural powers of hypnosis or mind control.’
    mesmerism, hypnotism, hypnotic suggestion, autosuggestion
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    1. 1.1 The state of consciousness produced by hypnosis.
      • ‘His mother momentarily broke the hypnosis without taking her eyes away from it.’
      • ‘When he awakes from the hypnosis, he can see ghosts.’
      • ‘Under hypnosis, under regression, people can remember significant events from former lifetimes.’
      • ‘Her approach avoided any direct suggestions under hypnosis that the patient stop the hair pulling.’
      • ‘Many people have experimented with past life regression under hypnosis and claim to recall experiences from previous existences.’
      • ‘Thus, visualization may be a facet of the cognitive alterations hypnosis may elicit.’
      • ‘Anyway, the session ended and he seemed to have enough ‘pre-work’ data in his head to do the hypnosis.’
      • ‘Throughout the hypnosis session, images of the beach, horses, and an ornate chandelier keep emerging in Marcus mind.’
      • ‘One of the recurring themes the hypnosis brought out was a sense that ‘people like me aren't welcome here except to serve the yuppies,’ he says.’
      • ‘You were the one who solved the vampire case, and the hypnosis case right?’
      • ‘After the hypnosis, Hal predictably meets Rosemary, a good-hearted girl that is morbidly obese.’
      • ‘As far as the hypnosis goes that's a technique used by the police.’
      • ‘It seems likely that most so-called past life regressions induced through hypnosis are confabulations fed by cryptomnesia.’
      • ‘Anyway, have written the text for the hypnosis tape and will record it over the weekend.’
      • ‘The following day, in her rapidly diminishing window of hypnosis, she still hears water but also hears wolves and cattle.’
      • ‘I've been placing Maggie under hypnosis, and under hypnosis her personality and memory are returning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have way too many control issues to go under, but I felt sorry for him so I pretended the hypnosis was working.’
      • ‘Well it's not, and the hypnosis is a complete side issue and irrelevant.’
      • ‘Will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis?’
      • ‘Under hypnosis, I was regressed to a time I felt this feeling.’
      • ‘Has anyone experienced past-life regression via hypnosis or other means?’
      • ‘Under hypnosis, you lose consciousness and have amnesia.’
      • ‘Bernstein claimed to have uncovered this information in Pueblo, Colorado, when he ‘regressed’ Tighe backward in time under hypnosis.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

hypnosis

/hɪpˈnoʊsəs//hipˈnōsəs/