Hidden Depths: The Story of Hypnosis

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Psychology - 464 pages
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In Hidden Depths, Robin Waterfield explores the fascinating world of hypnosis, tracing the history of this often misunderstood craft beginning with a passage in the book of Genesis, and continuing through his own personal experiences today. Waterfield uses the history and controversy surrounding the practice of hypnosis to gain insight into our behavior and psychology, and considers how hypnotic techniques have been absorbed into society through advertising, media and popular culture.
  

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The burning gaze and seductive murmur of the hypnotist is both an enduring cultural touchstone and a useful therapeutic tool, according to this fascinating history of, and brief for, hypnosis ... Read full review

Contents

Hypnosis in Fact and Fiction
1
In the Beginning
42
Franz Anton Mesmer
64
Magnetic Sleep and Victors Sister
105
Crusaders and Prophets in the United States
132
Mesmeric Mania in the United Kingdom
157
Murder Rape and Debate in the Late Nineteenth Century
211
Psychic Powers and Recovered Memories
234
Hypnotherapy Mind and Body
325
Mind Control
356
Selfimprovement and the New Age
386
A Plea
412
In Mesmers Footsteps
418
References
421
Bibliography
427
Index of Names
447

Freud and Other Alienists
274
State or No State The Modern Controversy
299

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About the author (2003)

Robin Waterfield is the author of over twenty-five books, ranging from children's fiction to biography and translations of ancient Greek texts. Hidden Depths is the product of a lifelong interest in human potential and psychology. At present he is Writer in Residence at the University of Sussex.

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