What is Hypnosis?

People have been pondering over the issue and cases of the validity of hypnosis for over two hundred years. Science has not even been able to come to a definite explanation till date. Hypnosis is a mesmerizing and mysterious technique which is yet to be defined by science.

Hypnosis is the intriguing technique of inducing the mind of an individual to a state of trance characterized by relaxation, extreme suggestibility accompanied by heightened imagination. A hypnotized mindset cannot be compared to that of a sleeping person’s mentality as there is the main difference of state of awareness between them. Hypnosis means the individual is fully alert and aware the whole time. The sensation of hypnosis can be compared to the state of daydreaming or losing yourself in a movie or book. The subject is fully conscious and is yet able to zone out of all the surrounding stimuli. The subject will be able to concentrate on any issue at hand with the near exclusion of any other thoughts coming to mind.


A state of trance can be observed in our everyday lives. For example, when we watch a movie or quite daydream, you fully engage your emotions which cause you to feel emotions like fear, sadness, and happiness. Researchers categorize all such trances as forms of self-hypnosis.

In the case of conventional hypnosis, individuals seek guidance and suggestions of the hypnotist as if it is a reality. While succumbing to a state of trance, if the hypnotist suggests your tongue is twice as big, you will encounter problems speaking as if your tongue was double the size. If the hypnotist suggests that the water you are drinking is a cold milkshake, you will experience a cold sensation at the back of your throat. But in reality, you only imagine all these sensations and situations because it is all in your head accompanied by a heightened sense of imaginary.

In this exotic state of mind, individuals experience a feeling of relaxation, calmness and uninhibited presumably because of the ability to zone out of worries, doubts, and fear. Another aspect individuals experience when dissolved in the state of trance is the feature of heightened suggestibility. When individuals are in the prime stage of hypnosis, they can fully embrace and digest any idea put or commanded by the hypnotist. The distraught feeling of embarrassment is disappeared while morality and sense of safety are entrenched throughout. However, a hypnotist cannot get you to do something you are reluctant about.