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Hypnosis. A woman being hypnotised by a pair of waving hands. Hypnosis is a trance-like state of altered consciousness characterised by extreme suggestibility. Some psychoanalysts use the tech- nique to help uncover disturbing memories or feel- ings that have been repressed from consciousness. More often it is used to help patients relax, or to treat phobias or addictions, such as smoking. Hypnotism is used very little in conventional medicine, and scientific studies are lacking.
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