- There's nothing eccentric about hypnosis. Hypnosis is a ruthlessly effective tool in the hands of a competent practitioner.
- Hypnosis was never part of the mainstream. The mainstream has always been too stupid to see it's full potential until now, the same as they mainstream thought the world was flat. As such it's always been experimental and on the fringe until now.
- It has never had a brilliant reputation because we didn't understand consciousness until now. Now even royalty makes use of hypnosis!
- It was the so called "tacky stage hypnotists" that taught the ever arrogant scientists and clinicians how to do hypnosis. Fortunately most of them are still notoriously bad at hypnotherapy and so they think that only a small portion of the population can be hypnotised.
Enjoy the article all the same! Hypnosis is here to stay. It will make inroads into chronic illness treatment at an alarming rate and the medical people won't be able to keep up because hypnosis is too effective and as such cheap. The medical establishment like their money! - Troy
Vaughan Bell: hypnosis is no laughing matter.
Long derided as a tool of quacks and comedians, the science of suggestibility is enjoying a revival as a clinical tool.
Hypnosis is the eccentric uncle of cognitive science. It was once part of the mainstream – studied by scientists and clinicians alike in its 1960s heyday – but it slowly fell into disrepute as it was picked up and popularised by tacky stage hypnotists and quack practitioners in the following decades.
In recent years, hypnosis has seen something of a rebirth, and neuroscience studies using the technique are now regularly published in some of the most respected scientific journals. Curiously, though, it hasn't shaken off the stigma entirely. While writing this article I contacted several researchers who have published neuroscience studies using hypnosis, and not one replied. The reticence is understandable. Like the study of consciousness 20 years ago, hypnosis is still considered by some to be a "career-limiting move". Consequently, scientists make sure they stick to the most conservative and orthodox form of research – academic journals, occasional conference presentations, and definitely nothing that hints of hype, or indeed, public exposure.
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