Hi pferdemerde. An interesting site that tells a lot of truth..
Using hypnosis to help people quit smoking or stick to a diet may be useful, and even if it fails it is probably not harmful. Using hypnosis to help people remember license plate numbers of cars used in crimes may be useful, and even if it fails it is probably not harmful. Using hypnosis to help victims or witnesses of crimes remember what happened may be useful, but it can also be dangerous because of the ease with which the subject can be manipulated by suggestions from the hypnotist. Overzealous police hypnotists may put conviction of those they think are guilty above honest conviction by honest evidence presented to a jury.
Completely true. I would agree with a lot of what this site says. Memories are only representations of the past, they can't always be trusted. Hypnosis should only be used to change future habits, reactions and so on.
Why do so many people, including those who write psychology textbooks, or dictionary and encyclopedia entries, continue to perpetuate the mythical view of hypnosis as if it were established scientific fact?
I wish they didn't because it gives hypnosis a bad name.
Hypnosis is an extremely therapeutic tool to use in psychotherapy, to set down new templates for new ways of living. It should be explained regarding the latest scientific research and not in any 'mystical' way.
This website has clearly shown the negative views and approaches to hypnosis. It needs also to illustrate the positive benefits that hypnosis can bring in order to show a balanced picture.