Hypnosis Gallery

Welcome to our hypnosis gallery.

Here you will find a short visual history of hypnosis. You will be able to put faces to some of the main characters that have helped develop our understanding of hypnosis to where it is today.

Below you will also find an interesting visual test to determine whether you are predominantly right-brained or left-brained.

Hypnosis Gallery: Greek God of Sleep – Hypnos

In Greek mythology, Hypnos (“sleep”) was the personification of sleep; the Roman equivalent was known as Somnus. His twin was Thanatos (“death”); their mother was the goddess Nyx (“night”). His palace was a dark cave where the sun never shines. At the entrance were a number of poppies and other hypnogogic plants.

Hypnosis Gallery: Franz Anton Mesmer

Franz Anton Mesmer (May 23, 1734 – March 5, 1815), was a German physician and astrologist, who invented what he called animal magnetism and other spiritual forces often grouped together as mesmerism.

Hypnosis Gallery: Marquis de Puységur

Armand-Marie-Jacques de Chastenet, Marquis de Puységur (1751–1825), was a French aristocrat from one of the most illustrious families of the French nobility. He is best known as one of the pre-scientific founders of hypnotism, then known as mesmerism.

The Marquis de Puységur learned about mesmerism from his brother Antoine-Hyacinthe, the Count of Chastenet. Puységur rapidly became a highly successful hypnotherapist with clients from all over France. Puységur taught courses in animal magnetism from 1785 until the French Revolution in 1789.

Hypnosis Gallery: James Braid

James Braid (19 June 1795 – 25 March 1860) was a Scottish physician and surgeon, specialising in eye and muscular conditions, Braid was an important and influential pioneer of hypnotism and hypnotherapy. Braid coined the term “hypnotism” as an abbreviation for “neuro-hypnotism” or nervous sleep (that is, sleep of the nerves), in his lectures of 1841-2, and it is from his influential work that others derived the term “hypnosis” in the 1880s. Braid is regarded by many as the first genuine “hypnotherapist” and the “Father of Modern Hypnotism”.

Hypnosis Gallery: Milton Erickson

Milton Hyland Erickson, (5 December 1901 – 25 March 1980) was an American psychiatrist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He was founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychopathological Association.

Erickson is noted for his often unconventional approach to psychotherapy. He was noted for his ability to “utilize” anything about a patient to help them change, including their beliefs, favorite words, cultural background, personal history, or even their neurotic habits. Through conceptualizing the unconscious as highly separate from the conscious mind, with its own awareness, interests, responses, and learnings, he taught that the unconscious mind was creative, solution-generating, and often positive.

Milton Erickson is most famous for the development of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, often referred to as conversational hypnosis.

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