Hypnotism and Suggestion in Therapeutics, Education, and Reform

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H. Holt, 1901 - Hypnotism - 344 pages
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Page 7 - Abandoning all disguise, the confession that I feel bound to make before you is that I prolong the vision backward across the boundary of the experimental evidence, and discern in that matter, which we in our ignorance, and notwithstanding our professed reverence for its Creator, have hitherto covered with opprobrium, the promise and potency of every form and quality of life.
Page 231 - My first attempt to influence the blind man was made by gazing at him silently over a wall, while he was engaged in the act of eating his solitary dinner, at a distance of twenty yards. He gradually ceased to eat, and in a quarter of an hour was profoundly entranced and cataleptic. This was repeated at the most untimely hours, when he could not possibly know of my being in his neighbourhood, and always with like results.
Page 177 - ... the same means, a good degree of facility in spelling and the correct use of language has been acquired. Such is a mere hint of the possibilities connected with the use of hypnotic suggestion as an element in education. My own experience in many interesting cases, as well as the recorded...
Page 138 - In about ten minutes a stertorous sleep ensued ; and in five minutes more she passed into a sleep-waking state and began to talk incoherently. The process was repeated on many days, and gradually she became sane when in the trance, though she still raved when awake. Gradually too she became able to obey...
Page 147 - ... and can be influenced in this comparatively easy manner. What of the other nine — can they have no assistance ? On the contrary, nearly every one of them can be brought into the hypnotic condition to a greater or less degree — usually into a condition of reverie or light sleep, in which the usual self is passive and the subliminal self may be more or less perfectly reached and influenced. These are the more difficult cases — less striking and less satisfactory to both patient and physician...
Page 230 - I placed him on a stool without saying a word to him, and entranced him in ten minutes without touching him. This man became so susceptible that, by making him the object of my attention, I could entrance him in whatever occupation he was engaged, and at any distance within the hospital enclosure. . . . My first attempt to influence the blind man was made by gazing at him silently over a wall, while he was engaged in the act of eating his solitary dinner, at a distance of twenty yards. He gradually...
Page ii - He repudiates the idea of the supernatural altogether, and in this he is in accord with the best thought of the day. . . . Interesting and logical.
Page 291 - ... think that the action of these causes is very feeble, and may easily be disturbed by a great variety of accidental circumstances ; so that, from the fact that, in many cases, this agent has failed to manifest itself we ought not to conclude that it never exists. We are so far from being acquainted with all the agents in nature, and their different modes of action, that it would be unphilosophical to deny the existence of phenomena, merely because, in the present state of our knowledge, they are...
Page 139 - ... suggestions involving marked changes in her behavior; finally in the hypnotic state she voluntarily expressed regret for her past life, and of her own accord made good resolutions for the future which she carried out when awake; and the improvement in her conduct and character was permanent. Two years later M. Voisin wrote that she was a nurse in a Paris hospital and that her conduct was irreproachable.
Page 147 - ... and repeated ; he is then aroused ; he has been quieted and peculiarly rested ; he thinks he has heard what has been said to him, but very likely he is unable to repeat it. The treatment is repeated at short intervals for a few days or weeks, and all concerned are gratified to find the desired result secured. It is in this manner, by frequent repetition, that the educational effect of hypnotic suggestion is obtained, whether in the deep sleep or light hypnotic condition. An imperfect memory to...

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