regression claims that hypnotism is an effective means of assisting
a subject to relax and enter a suggestible state where memories that
are normally forgotten can be recalled with greater ease from the
subconscious. These memories can be of your childhood or of a past
Entering into hypnotism puts you in a state of suggestion.
in this state, people can be coaxed into believing firmly
events that can be entirely implanted through leading questions
by the hypnotist.
A person undergoing hypnosis, (stage hypnosis, or in a private
setting) is put under extreme social pressures to perform
as the practitioner is leading them to perform. This pressure
helps ensure that when under hypnosis the individual responds
to the questions of the practitioner as the practitioner wants
them to be answered. This leads to the creation of memories,
even extreme ones, such as sexual abuse. The false sexual
abuse cases are what make hypnotic an extremely dangerous
The U.S. supreme court will not accept into evidence information
attained through hypnotism.
Anecdotes of peoples experiences with being hypnotized.
This site has the story of one of the most famous hypnotic
The Skeptic Dictionary has a great detailing of the theory
behind hypnosis and why at first glance it seems to work.
This page was created by a professor from Virginia who studies
hypnosis and gives a critical assessment of memories formed
through hypnotism, and especially past lives.
exceprt from the website:
"In fact, however, nearly all such hypnotically evoked
"previous personalities" are entirely imaginary
just as are the contents of most dreams. They may include
some accurate historical details, but these are usually derived
from information the subject has acquired normally through
reading, radio and television programs, or other sources."