What is (and is not) hypnosis?

Hypnosis is not: Sleep Hypnosis is not sleep. That was the initial impression and unfortunate conclusion by James Braid, who was searching for another name for the phenomena to differentiate it and dis-associate it from Anton Mesmer and “mesmerism”. Unfortunately, he made the unfortunate assumption that the phenomena was related to sleep and therefore chose the name “hypnosis”, based on the Greek root word for “sleep”.

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