age progression: Advancing the subject's age level while in hypnosis.
age regression: Acting out past events in the framework of the present. A re-experiencing of earlier events in life usually limited to a specific time or time period.
amnesia: The loss of memory.
analgesia: Feeling pressure but no pain, also known as glove anesthesia.
anesthesia: Insensibility to feelings of physical pain.
anxiety: A painful uneasiness of mind.
authoritative: Parental, forceful, strong, domineering, direct.
autoconditioning: A series of experiments designed to bring one's subconscious under control.
autosuggestion: Self-suggestions; self-talk.
catalepsy: A condition characterized by a rigidity of the skeletal muscles.
clinical hypnosis: The therapeutic use of hypnosis.
compounding: If one thing that is stated happens, then the next must also be true.
conditioning: A series of inductions making certain ideas or things acceptable to the subject's subconscious mind.
conscious: Being aware of an inward state or an outside fact.
contention: Attention with a little concentration, without effort.
Couéism: The principles of autosuggestion as advocated by Émile Coué. (“Every day in every way, I am getting better and better.”)
delusion: An irrational belief held in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
dissociation: The separation of consciousness of certain mental processes that function independently.
expectancy: Believing in the positive results. A firm belief or a vague feeling that this thing you want will happen.
facilitation: The acceptance of one suggestion always aids in the acceptance of another. The persuasive salesperson who forces the prospect to answer many unimportant questions with yes before popping the big one is using facilitation.
fixation: In this stage, the subject is literally hanging on every word said by the operator.
forensic hypnosis: Using hypnosis to uncover the truth or lost information. Legal application of hypnosis.
free association: Spontaneous, unrestricted associations of loosely linked ideas or mental images having very little rational sequence or continuity.
grading: The ranking of suggestions from low to high difficulty. Easy suggestions come before hard ones.
hallucinations: Seeing something that is not there; similar to a mirage.
hypersuggestibility: The capacity to easily respond to suggestions.
hypnagogic: The intermediate state between wakefulness and sleep.
hypnosis: From the Greek word for sleep. Being open to suggestion. There are many vehicles to achieve this state, including relaxation, confusion, and the use of medication.
hypnotherapy: Any therapy in which the use of hypnosis is utilized.
hypnotic: Pertaining to or associated with hypnotism.
hypnotic passes: Gestures or movements made by the hypnotist over the body of the subject without actually touching the subject.
hypnotism: The science of hypnosis.
hypnotist: The operator conducting the hypnosis session.
hypnotizability: An individual's susceptibility to hypnosis.
hypnotize:The act of inducing a hypnotic state.
ideomotor action/response: The involuntary response of muscles to thoughts, feelings, and ideas rather than a sensory stimulus.
imagery: The ability to perceive or mentally recreate ideas, pictures, or feelings.
indirect hypnosis: The production of hypnosis without the subject's awareness.
induction: The production of hypnosis through the use of specific procedures.
lay hypnotist: Anyone practicing hypnosis outside of the medical profession.
mass hypnosis: Simultaneous induction of a large group.
mnemonic: Something that assists memory; an aid for remembering.
monoideism: Term coined by Scottish physician James Braid, who also first introduced the term hypnosis, for waking hypnosis and light stages of hypnosis.
negative hallucination: Not seeing something that is there. For example, the clock on the wall becomes invisible.
objectivity: Ability to view events, ideas, and phenomena as external and apart from self-consciousness; detached and impersonal.
operator: A hypnotist; the person conducting a hypnosis session.
permissive: Soft-spoken; nondirective yet persuasive.
phobia: A strong, irrational fear.
posthypnotic suggestion: Suggestions made during the hypnotic state to be carried out after awakening.
projection: Attributing one's own feelings to someone else.
psychosomatic: Functional interrelationship between mind and body.
pyramiding of suggestions: Each successful challenge guarantees the success of the next, more difficult challenge, from simple test to difficult test.
rapport: Relation of harmony, comfort, and accord; state of being in tune with your subject.
reality: True state of anything.
revivification: Reliving a prior period of life.
rigidity: Muscle tenseness.
self-control: Conscious autosuggestion.
self-hypnosis: Placing one's self into a hypnotic state.
skeptic: One who doubts or disbelieves.
sleep hypnosis: Hypnosis brought about while an individual is sleeping, bringing them out of sleep just enough to be in the state between sleep and wakefulness, the state of suggestibility. Usually conducted on small children with great success.
somnambulism:In everyday usage, the term connotes sleepwalking; however, in the lexicon of hypnosis, somnambulism is used to designate the deepest state of hypnosis.
somnambulistic state: A state of the most profound relaxation and usually the hypnotist's objective with a subject. Similar to the sleepwalking state.
subconscious: The nature of mental operation not yet present in the consciousness.
subject: The person being hypnotized.
suggestibility: The capacity to be open to suggestions.
suggestion: An idea that is offered to the subject for acceptance.
susceptibility: The capability of receiving impressions.
therapeutic: Of or pertaining to the healing arts.
time distortion: A subject's unexplainable lapse of time during hypnosis.
trance: A supposed state of profound abstraction made popular by the media. There actually is no such state.
unconscious mind: A term used in psychiatry to denote a postulated region of the psyche, the repository of repressed urges and wishes, often used as a synonym for the unconscious.
waking hypnosis: Hypnotic suggestions accepted by the subject in the waking state.