The clinical and scientific use of hypnotism is known as hypnosis. Hypnosis is a temporary altered state of consciousness. Those who perform hypnosis are called hypnotists. Hypnotism can be used scientifically by qualified professionals in the medical practice to help people that are affected by various medical or psychological issues. Hypnotism has been around since the dawn of civilization. However, its misuse has led it to be condemned and looked down upon in the society. What has also played a big part in hypnotism being viewed as a bad thing is because most people do not know anything regarding it, the ones that do have some wrong beliefs and everyone makes exaggerated claims about what they hear. Some organizations do not share these views and give their support for hypnotism to be used medically.
It was common belief for a long time that hypnotism was connected with some magical power. This belief has however been proved wrong by proving that hypnosis has effects on everyone unconsciously and is very common. People cannot also be hypnotized without agreeing to it. For the whole process to work consent has to be given by the person being hypnotized. The person being hypnotized and the person hypnotizing the other both have to agree to work together for the state to be achieved. Once, a long time ago, hypnosis was performed in front of others and the subject told to do a number of things, this is the incident that caused hypnotism to have a bad name. This bad rep was then exploited by filmmakers who portrayed hypnotism as an evil thing used for evil purposes. These movies are solely responsible for people shunning hypnotism. There were also several disasters that resulted from people watching those films where hypnotism looked really easy then trying to practice them. This further worsened the already bad picture of hypnotism.
The Greek word hypnos is where the word hypnosis is derived from and it means sleep. The word itself though is in no way related to sleep. Hypnotism is a dream-like situation where in fact the subject can do everything in full awareness. Hypnotized people cannot be manipulated into doing something they do not want because they are fully aware of their actions. There is a particular method by which a person can be hypnotized. Here, the hypnotist uses language to guide the subject in such a way that the state of awareness of the subject changes. Sensitive people respond very fast to suggestion as they experience a slightly different state of awareness. In hypnotism, it has been scientifically proven that the function of everybody can be altered. Everyone has unique experiences as he or she goes through hypnotism. Some people experience hypnotism without even being hypnotized. Really sensitive people start responding to suggestions even before they are fully hypnotized and this makes them extremely responsive once fully hypnotized. People have been known to even blush and sweat while in hypnosis. Hypnosis helps you psychologically and medically by changing the state of your mind.