The History of Healing Trauma With Hypnosis

Freud and Ben Franklin were among the pioneers of bilateral therapy.

"It still strikes me as strange that the case histories I write should read like short stories and that, as one might say, they lack the serious stamp of science."

- Sigmund Freud, 1895

The first person to develop a system that involved bilateral cross-hemispheric stimulation was a man named Franz Anton Mesmer. In the late 1700s, Mesmer, an Austrian physician who lived in France, healed people of trauma by a variety of techniques that he believed stimulated people's "animal magnetism," which he defined as the animating life force within the human body. To accomplish this healing he sometimes used lodestones (magnets) or water that he had "magnetized." He even claimed to use the direct force of his own "magnetism," including a technique of holding two fingers in front of a patient's face and gently waving the fingers from side to side for a few minutes at a time while the patient held her or his head steady and followed the physician's fingers with the eyes. As Mesmer's biographer James Wyckoff wrote, "Mesmer now considered passes with his hand as the essential part of his cure."

This pioneering physician termed his system mesmerism, and for the latter part of the eighteenth century he was one of the most famous and notorious physicians in Europe. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a friend of Mesmer, and his opera Bastien et Bastienne was performed in 1768 in the garden of Mesmer's home. Mozart later wrote Mesmer into his opera Così fan tutte:

This magnetic stone
Should give the traveler pause.
Once it was used by Mesmer,
Who was born
In Germany's green fields,
And who won great fame
In France.

Mesmer's system was often highly effective and was widely practiced to treat all manner of physical and psychological ailments, although he was careful not to take patients suffering from clearly "organic" problems such as cancers, sexually transmitted diseases, and other types of obvious infections. Trained as a classical physician, by making this distinction Mesmer was separating out those to whom he either would prescribe medications or would refer to other physicians for surgery or other medical techniques.

Mesmer's special interest was in those conditions caused by a lack of vitality, or magnetism - what Freud referred to as hysteria and what today would be considered psychosomatic or psychiatric conditions - those caused by or rooted in emotional trauma. At the height of his career, Mesmer trained hundreds of physicians across Europe in his techniques and had a following that included royalty and people from the highest echelons of society, as well as the most destitute, whom he treated for free.

As happens with many new and unconventional therapies, the medical establishment of his day decided that Mesmer was a threat to them.

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HotCoffee 5 years 2 weeks ago

Do you trust hypnosis...would you let someone hypnotise you?

It's Not for me.

Learn about the history of hypnosis - a fascinating subject!From Magic Power to Everyday Trance

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HotCoffee 5 years 2 weeks ago

Change of subject since no one is here

The mainstream media has largely downplayed recent reports exposing how friendly former President Barack Obama and Democrats have been with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

In an unexpected turn, CNN anchor Jake Tapper called out the media and Democrats for refusing to condemn Farrakhan and his history of making anti-Semitic and anti-gay comments.


Good job, well done Jake that was a suprise.

Or, we could talk about

Video goes viral of Bill Clinton admitting Democrats connection to KKK

Remember former President Bill Clinton defending a known racist and admitting Democrats joined the Ku Klux Klan for votes?


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Hephaestus 5 years 2 weeks ago

#1 - Hypnosis works

I quit smoking cold by hypnosis... cost me a lot of money and came with a guarantee

I was ready and conditioned my demenour before hand

Subsequently, required maxillo facial surgery to remove cancer caused by smoking several years after... the connection surprised me somewhat

Kindly go a little further into your hyperlink and find the following remark -

"At the same time, the nature of “ordinary” consciousness is better understood as a series of trance states that we go into and out of all the time."

That observation is absolutely true


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HotCoffee 5 years 2 weeks ago


I did read the entire article and I do agree with that statment...I think it is especially true when we are tired, and get that glazed over look.

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jefflisse 5 years 2 weeks ago

Now you know it's a meaningless question
To ask if those stories are right
Cause what matters most is the feeling
You get when your hypnotized

Fleetwood Mac " Hypnotized"
Circa: 1973

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jefflisse 5 years 2 weeks ago

#3 #4
Its also a state your mind sometimes goes to when your driving a vehicle while deeply thinking of other things (even to the point of visualizing in your head), yet you automatically, and without conscious effort, can operate the vehicle and still follow the rules of the road...

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HotCoffee 5 years 2 weeks ago


yes, been there too.

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2950-10K 5 years 2 weeks ago

So the moral of the blog: Just like hypnosis can manipulate a person's mind, the media can influence an entire populous in a manner that's self destructive by creating fear of something that may be helpful....shouldn't we start taking that more serious? So now we can see how much damage Citizens Untited has caused by unlimited money for fascist speech....thanks to just five unelected men.

Democratic Socialism would be more than helpful to an entire populous to say the least...the purest form of Democracy... but demonized by a few powerful and piggish citizens.

Legend 5 years 2 weeks ago

Is Foxmerized the same as hypnotized? Or is it just brainwashed.

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jefflisse 5 years 2 weeks ago

Agreed 2950-10k. For a large part of "us"we are brainwashed ( a form of repetitive hypnosis) starting at a very young age. Being indoctrinated into one or another " hocus pocus..mumbo jumbo" organized religion..

Or going to our school and not being taught accurate representations of our countries( or the worlds) history. Or, not being taught civics anymore.

Legend 5 years 2 weeks ago


Kind of like Santa Claus. Parents convince their kids that he exists and then threaten that he will not bring them gifts.

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jefflisse 5 years 2 weeks ago

Yes legend. I believe it is." We".. As in most of " us" are ill equiped to. "Critically think"!! To form logical thoughts on truthful and well informed information!! In fact; its getting harder and harder to find honest, truthful information.. We're now being bombarded by lies and propaganda!
Must of "us" were never taught how to decipher or differentiate between reality or fantasy.And it started at a very young age.
So most of "us" are very easily manipulated i.e. "brainwashed".. by the lies and propaganda, thats posing in the guise of the truth!!

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HotCoffee 5 years 2 weeks ago

I agree with the above posts except I also add CNN MSNBC et al. to the mix, they are not immune, just excused by those who watch them.

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2950-10K 5 years 2 weeks ago

Legand: Sure, used for evil intent, hypnosis could be in the same ballpark with Foxmerization, ....with brainwashing being the umbrella term.

Jeff: #12....I wish what you stated was only true with a tiny percent of the populous, and I always assumed that to be the case, before Trump that is, now it's very clear to me how 1920's and 30's Germany was able to unfold. I sadly agree with your observation.

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2950-10K 5 years 2 weeks ago

Coffee: Please state some examples of destructive propaganda by CNN and MSNBC.

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HotCoffee 5 years 2 weeks ago


If you are suposed to see it you will,

not my job to do your homework.

Legend 5 years 2 weeks ago

Fox News has websites that debunk its false news. The others do not. But you need to remember that CNN and MSNBC are owned and operated by the morbidly rich. Glenn Beck was originally on CNN. Morning Joe on MSNBC has a very conservative agenda. I challenge you Trolls to try and debunk Rachael Maddow and you never do.

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Dianereynolds 5 years 2 weeks ago
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HotCoffee 5 years 2 weeks ago

Hi Di,

and more

Sean Hannity Unrivaled As Fox News Cruises To Big February Ratings Win

Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity crushed the cable news competition in February, finishing first with an average audience of 3.3 million total viewers. February marked Hannity's fifth straight month as the unrivaled King of Cable News, maintaining a wide lead over MSNBC rival Rachel Maddow, who finished the month in third place overall.

Maddow, who led MSNBC to record ratings in 2017, delivered a total audience of 2.874 million viewers in February. Maddow finished behind FNC's Tucker Carlson, who took second place overall with 3.144 million total viewers. In the advertiser-coveted demographic of viewers 25-54, Hannity led (711,000) followed by Carlson (650,000) and Maddow (641,000).

more here

people seem to be voting with their clickers.

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Dianereynolds 5 years 2 weeks ago

HC, how are ya?

Personally, I don't watch more than a couple of minutes of Fox News Cable TV per day. In the past I found Hannity very arrogant, Ingram is barely tolerable, Tucker Carlson's facial expressions are hilarious and I can't imagine any of the opposition dumb enough to go on the air with him. Glad O'Reilly is gone, he and Olberman had the same sized ego and both deserve exactly what they got. Other than those few, the rest are all smiling blond lawyers with big eyes and great legs.

There are times when I do have Fox Business channel running in the background but only because of Lou Dobbs.

I am developing a habit of watching HLN as I really like S.E. Cupp. I know her political leaning but she does a great job of remaining neutral.

In my opinion, MSNBC and CNN are both lost causes except for an occasional minute or two of "tingle up my leg" Matthews who is always good for a hoot, or Maddow who with the sound down and a mustache could be a dead ringer for Groucho Marx.

Other than that, thanks to Al Gore there are a number of places to gather news and form opinions.

Source, me

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HotCoffee 5 years 2 weeks ago

Hey Di,

I agree, I mostly go for the al gore network too.

For business reasons I do alot of research so I tend to already be on the net.

I listen to the john batchlor show on the radio at night and also like articles by victor davis hansons private papers.

Hannity is pompous, but I do like sara carter, and she's on often. Also check my rss on democracy now and gregg greenwald...try to balance the incoming awareness.

Your groucho comment just too funny!

Being from SF and a Dem most of my life I'm pretty well informed on those beliefs. Never thought they would become so toxicly hateful though.

Now I'm just Netural, of no policical persuasion, just care about individual issues.

Enjoy your day!

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