defining hypnosis isn't the easiest task. Most authors refer to the fact that it has been given various definitions, none of which are agreed upon by professionals. I had entered this course of study believing that hypnosis was an altered state of consciousness in which the client was, for the most part, unaware of what they were experiencing. Whether or not the hypnotic state is indeed an altered consciousness or in fact a different kind of cognitive process altogether is still being researched among academic circles (Karle & Boys, 2010). As for the client’s perception within this state I was very interested to learn that they are fully aware and can often converse. the example of ‘auto-pilot’ being repeatedly used. Some drivers experience this while driving on a familiar route. They can suddenly realise they have travelled some or even all of the distance without any knowledge of the journey (Hadley & Staudacher, 1996).

when in the hypnotic state, subjects are completely relaxed. This enhances an individual’s concentration, thereby increasing their responsiveness to suggestion.the word ‘trance’ is often used as a description . Hunter (1994-2010) describes hypnosis as ‘guided meditation’ (p.16) .the state of hypnosis is a natural one that occurs many times throughout one day, often without the individual even noticing (Hadley & Staudacher, 1996). A state so natural it can be induced by yourself completely or with the assistance/guidance of a therapist. the hypnotic state would be: a natural meditative state of the body and conscious mind achieved completely by the individual, sometimes with the guidance of a therapist, opening them up to suggestion.
      Describe the psychological state of hypnosis.
the state of hypnosis to be the same as that of sleep but from further reading it would seem that this is a common misconception. At the very least, these two states do seem to share some striking similarities. due to the development of science a...