A hypnotist tells a subject that their outstretched arm will begin to rise upward as though tied to an invisible balloon. To their astonishment, the subject’s arm rises just as suggested, and seemingly without their intention. While it may appear as though the subject is being controlled by the hypnotist, it is well established that nobody can be hypnotised against their will. Hypnosis therefore seems to present a paradox; to respond to a hypnotic suggestion that your arm will move is to voluntarily perform an apparently involuntarily action.
"I hope this study will demonstrate that hypnosis is a real neurobiological phenomenon that deserves attention," Spiegel said. "We haven't been using our brains as well as we can. It's like an app on your iPhone you haven't used before, and it gets your iPhone to do all these cool things you didn't know it could do."
When all other parenting styles become ineffectivve, hypnotism may take their place, a professional claims. Introducing, hypno-parenting.
I went into the past-life regression session a sceptic – after watching an ex-con come out with tears in his eyes, I didn't know what to think.
Judging by the number of similar stories we’ve read about in the local news, hypnotism is not only a real thing, it is also a highly effective tool that can be used by criminals to convince people to hand over their belongings without a fight.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that the segment broadcast on the program, A Current Affair, in September last year was designed to induce a hypnotic state in viewers.
CALL it a New Age phenomenon or just trickery played on a gullible public, but the rise of interest in all things involving hypnotism and psychics has brought the idea of regression to the forefront of therapies designed to help people cope with modern living.