Hypnosis can be used in behavior therapy.
An example of hypnosis is a technique that is sometimes used to help someone stop smoking.
- a trancelike condition usually induced by another person, in which the subject is in a state of altered consciousness and responds, with certain limitations, to the suggestions of the hypnotist
Origin of hypnosisModL: see hypno- and -osis
- An artificially induced altered state of consciousness, characterized by heightened suggestibility and receptivity to direction.
- A sleeplike condition.
Origin of hypnosisNew Latin hypnōsis from Greek hupnoun to put to sleep ; see hypnotic .
See also psychology.autohypnosis 1. the process of hypnotizing oneself. 2. the resulting state. biomagnetism 1. animal magnetism, or the power that enables some people to induce a hypnotic state in others. 2. physical attraction between members of opposite sexes. —biomagnetic, adj. hypnoanalysis psychoanalysis of a patiënt while he is under hypnosis. —hypnoanalytic, hypnoanalytical, adj. hypnogenesis the process of inducing a state of hypnosis. —hypnogenetic, adj. hypnotherapy psychotherapy employing hypnosis. —hypnotherapeutic, adj. hypnotism the science that studies hypnosis and the process of inducing a hypnotic state. —hypnotist, n. mesmerism 1. hypnosis as induced by Dr. F. A. Mesmer through “animal magnetism,” a 19th-century therapy. 2. hypnotism. 3. a compelling attraction; fascination. —mesmerization, n. —mesmerist, mesmerizer, n. mesmeromania an obsession with hypnosis. monoideism the focusing of the attention on a single thing, especially as a result of hypnosis. narcohypnosis hypnosis with the aid of drugs. odylism the theory of od, a hypothetical force formerly held to pervade all nature and to reveal itself in magnetism, mesmerism, chemical action, etc. —odylic, adj. psycheism Rare. the state of being in a hypnotic trance. somnipathy a state of sleep induced by hypnosis or mesmerism. —somnipathist, n.
From Ancient Greek ὕπνος (hupnos, “sleep”) + -osis.