Hidden Depths: The Story of Hypnosis

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Psychology - 464 pages
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Controversy has always surrounded the world of hypnosis. The outlandish claims that over-zealous believers make are matched in intensity only by the howls of derision that they provoke from sceptics. Robin Wakefield's careful analysis casts light on several millennia of debate, articulating the many views of hypnosis' defenders and antagonists, illuminating the theories and practices of hypnosis through superb research and personal anecdotes. He brings the characters, the science and the psychology, the drama and the dreams magically alive. Thought provoking, engaging, and dazzlingly written, Hidden Depths is the definitive history of hypnosis.
 

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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
239
Hypnotherapy Mind and Body
330
Mind Control
361
Selfimprovement and the New Age
391
A Plea
417
In Mesmers Footsteps
423
References
426
Bibliography
432
Index of Names
452

Freud and Other Alienists
279
State or No State The Modern Controversy
304

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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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