1. An artificially induced altered state of consciousness, characterized by heightened suggestibility and receptivity to direction.
3. A sleeplike condition.
[New Latin hypnōsis, from Greek hupnoun, to put to sleep; see hypnotic.]
(Psychology) an artificially induced state of relaxation and concentration in which deeper parts of the mind become more accessible: used clinically to reduce reaction to pain, to encourage free association, etc. See also autohypnosis
n., pl. -ses (-sēz).
1. an artificially induced trance state resembling sleep, characterized by heightened susceptibility to suggestion.
2. hypnotism (defs. 1, 2).
[1875–80; hypn (otic) + -osis]
A trance-like state resembling sleep in which a person becomes very responsive to suggestions from another. Hypnosis is brought on by having one fix one’s attention on a particular object, and it can be self-induced through concentration and relaxation.
See also psychology.
1. the process of hypnotizing oneself.
2. the resulting state.
1. animal magnetism, or the power that enables some people to induce a hypnotic state in others.
2. physical attraction between members of opposite sexes. — biomagnetic, adj.
psychoanalysis of a patiënt while he is under hypnosis. — hypnoanalytic, hypnoanalytical, adj.
the process of inducing a state of hypnosis. — hypnogenetic, adj.
psychotherapy employing hypnosis. — hypnotherapeutic, adj.
the science that studies hypnosis and the process of inducing a hypnotic state. — hypnotist, n.
1. hypnosis as induced by Dr. F. A. Mesmer through “animal magnetism,” a 19th-century therapy.
3. a compelling attraction; fascination. — mesmerization, n. — mesmerist, mesmerizer, n.
an obsession with hypnosis.
the focusing of the attention on a single thing, especially as a result of hypnosis.
hypnosis with the aid of drugs.
the theory of od, a hypothetical force formerly held to pervade all nature and to reveal itself in magnetism, mesmerism, chemical action, etc. — odylic, adj.
Rare. the state of being in a hypnotic trance.
a state of sleep induced by hypnosis or mesmerism. — somnipathist, n.
Commonly used in hypnotherapy, this is an altered state of consciousness that can be induced by the self or by another person and during which conscious control is relaxed, making the contents of the unconscious more accessible. Hypnosis is from the Greek word “hypnos,” meaning “sleep.”