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Hypnotic Regression

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Hypnotic 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 life.

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 procedure.

The U.S. supreme court will not accept into evidence information attained through hypnotism.

See also:

Anecdotes of peoples experiences with being hypnotized.
http://www.hypnoschool.com/

This site has the story of one of the most famous hypnotic regression cases.
http://www.occultopedia.com/

Skeptic Links:

The Skeptic Dictionary has a great detailing of the theory behind hypnosis and why at first glance it seems to work.
http://skepdic.com/hypnosis.html

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.
http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/

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."

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