There is no legal definition of hypnosis anywhere in the world. Below, I have included quotes from many experts who have achieved reputation with their practice and writings on hypnotism. Each of them has attempted to define hypnotism and none of them agree.
Hypnotherapy is not taught in universities. In fact, most professors in universities still deny that there is a vocational title of “hypnotherapist.” They still say that hypnotherapy is only a ‘tool’ that licensed mental health therapists use as one of many “techniques”.
I describe the study of hypnotherapy a ‘mystic art’. Let me illustrate: Millions of people take piano lessons and a percentage of them learn to play well enough to entertain their family and friends. An even smaller percentage learn to play well enough to earn income at weddings or at an elegant restaurant. A smaller… [Read More]
A high percentage of hypnotherapists really don’t deserve the title “hypnotherapist”.
In this “scientific” age, we are inclined to accept the diagnosis of people who have licenses and are defined as experts. Gil explains why this can be dangerous.