Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day is observed annually on July 25 to raise awareness of the benefits of hypnotherapy on health and happiness. Did you know hypnosis was regarded as sorcery and magic until the 18th century? Hypnosis is a psychological state resembling sleep, where a person loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Hypnotherapy, or the use of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique, is widely used to assist people in overcoming bad habits and dealing with issues such as depression, PTSD, weight loss, grief, conflicts, and sleep disorders. Hypnosis is administered by trained hypnotherapists and psychologists.
History of Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day
Since the dawn of ancient Egypt and Greece, people have used hypnosis to help them deal with problems. The earliest record of hypnosis can be traced to 1027 when Avicenna (Ibn Sina) published “The Book of Healing,” a book on sleep and hypnosis. Around 1770, Austrian physician Franz Mesmer developed the animal magnetism theory, also known as ‘mesmerism.’ Mesmer used this hypnotic technique to treat patients in Vienna and Paris, but he was quickly discredited by other scientists due to a lack of concrete scientific evidence for his work. Many clinicians of his time, however, continued to use ‘mesmerism.’
James Braid, a Scottish ophthalmologist, coined the term ‘hypnosis’ in 1842, which originated from the Greek word for ‘sleep.’ This term first appeared in his unpublished “Practical Essay on the Curative Agency of Neuro-Hypnotism.” Braid developed a psychological and physiological basis for the effects of mesmerism while opposing the Mesmerists’ views.
Braid was later recognized as the first true hypnotist. Several physicians became interested in hypnosis in the mid-nineteenth century. That includes Jean-Martin Charcot (who advocated for hypnosis to treat hysteria), Ambroise-Auguste Liebeualt, Hippolyte Bernheim, and Josef Breuer. During a visit to France in the 1880s, Austrian physician Sigmund Freud took notice of hypnosis for the treatment of neurotic disorders and decided to adopt the technique back home in Vienna.
However, he encountered challenges hypnotizing some patients and chose to discard hypnosis in favor of free association. The First International Congress for Experimental and Therapeutic Hypnotism was held in Paris, France in 1889, followed by the Second International Congress for Experimental and Therapeutic Hypnotism from August 12 to August 19, 1900. In 1892, the British Medical Association endorsed hypnosis in therapy and rejected the Mesmerism theory. In the late 20th century, the American Psychological Association created the Division 30 Society of Psychological Hypnosis. Today, hypnotherapy is employed to treat medical and behavioral issues.
Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day timeline
Avicenna (Ibn Sina) differentiates between sleep and hypnosis in his book, “The Book of Healing.”
Austrian physician, Franz Mesmer, develops a hypnotic theory known as ‘mesmerism.’
A Scottish ophthalmologist, James Braid, coins the term ‘hypnosis’ from the Greek word for ‘sleep.’
Hypnotherapy gains approval from various medical organizations in different countries and the Pope.
Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day FAQs
Is it safe to hypnotize someone?
Hypnosis is safe when conducted by a trained and qualified hypnotherapist or healthcare professional. However, it’s recommended not to hypnotize people with severe mental conditions.
Can everyone be hypnotized?
You cannot hypnotize everyone, as people react differently to hypnosis. Also, hypnosis won’t work on someone that doesn’t want to be hypnotized.
Can hypnosis damage your brain?
Hypnosis cannot damage your brain, but it may lead to some side effects — which are rare. Some of these side effects include the creation of false memories, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, and anxiety or distress.
How to Observe Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day
Book a hypnotherapy session
You can schedule a hypnotherapy session today if you are suffering from anxiety, depression, weight gain, or an inability to quit smoking. While it may not completely solve the problem, it may make it easier to deal with. This type of treatment is available in a variety of settings. Look for one near you on the internet.
Organize an awareness program
If you run a hypnotherapy practice, you can use Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day to dispel myths about hypnosis and raise awareness about the benefits of hypnotherapy. The program does not have to be physical in nature. It can happen on websites like Twitter Spaces or Clubhouse.
Watch movies on hypnosis
While these movies are primarily fictitious, you can have fun watching them. Some of the best movies with hypnosis include “Get Out,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” and “Trance Dead Again.” You can purchase these movies online or stream them on your favorite streaming service.
5 Interesting Facts About Hypnosis
You’re in control
During hypnosis, you are hyper-aware and gain greater control over your mind and body.
It is used as an anesthetic
Hypnosis can be used during minor surgeries to sedate patients.
You can hypnotize yourself
People can hypnotize themselves using the auto-suggestion technique.
You only lose your memories during a hypnotherapy session if that is the goal of that session.
Hypnotists have professional organizations
Qualified hypnotists can join associations such as the National Guild of Hypnotists, American Hypnosis Society, American Hypnosis Association, and International Hypnosis Association.
Why Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day is Important
Hypnosis helps solve health issues
Hypnotherapy has been used, with remarkable success, in treating health issues such as chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome (I.B.S.), insomnia, and depression. During hypnotherapy, you become more open to suggestions and are provided with cues to deal with and alleviate the symptoms of the health condition you’re experiencing.
Hypnosis helps address behavioral problems
Hypnotherapy has helped many people manage and stop bad habits, such as smoking and overeating. It has also been employed for weight loss and overcoming anxiety, fears, and phobias.
Hypnosis complements mainstream medicine
Hypnotherapy is most effective when used in addition to conventional medicine. It can be used as anesthesia during minor surgery to complement dieting and workout, pain relievers, and more.
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