FRANCOISE SAUZE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY FRANCOISE SAUZE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Hypnotherapy. A hypnotherapist talks to a hypnotized male subject. Hypnosis is a relaxed trance-like state of altered awareness, characterised by extreme suggestibility. Although the patient here is lying down with eyes closed, he is not sleeping. Hypnotized subjects wait passively to be told what to do by the therapist, but do not obey commands they would normally regard as improper or dangerous. Psychoanalysts use hypnosis to help patients remember traumatic events and come to terms with repressed feelings. Hypnosis may be useful to treat anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, and is sometimes successful in treating addictive habits such as smoking.
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