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    * How hypnosis works:
    https://gshypnosis.com/does-hypnosis...pnotherapy-2/#




    Hello,


    I've been doing some research on hypnosis. Trying to understand how it works. I came across this website here:


    https://gshypnosis.com/does-hypnosis...pnotherapy-2/#


    I thought I'd ask about this on a science forum like this one.


    According to the link above, the way hypnosis works is by inhibiting what they call "top down" thinking thereby allowing "bottom up" processing to work more effectively. Top down thinking is the way our expectations and assumptions influence the way we interpret our immediate experiences. One example they site is this:


    A group of participants were asked to take a wine taste test. They were given two choices: A glass of “expensive” wine and another of moderately priced wine. The truth was: Both glasses were the same wine. But participants expected the expensive wine to taste better, and therefore, they gave it much higher marks for taste.

    So their expectation of how the wine should taste, which was set by being told it was more expensive, determined how the wine actually tasted. Their expectation is an example of "top down" thinking.


    The link suggests that hypnosis inhibits top down thinking so that whatever is suggested to them (which would count as bottom up thinking) has a much more powerful effect.


    How established is this theory in science? Should it be dismissed as bunk? As well established? Unknown? And what's everyone opinion on it?


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    Frankly I tried to be hypnotized many years ago. It was unsuccessful......I guess some folks just can't be hypnotized.


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    You may find this information upsetting in some ways, however, there is alot more than "top down" thinking. Houdini believed in the dead. That's enuff said. Whales speak english, and they are psyonic. The psuedo science you are looking for is called neuro linguistic programming. The stuff you are dealilng with now sounds like cognitive behavorial therapy spin off. I got a pile a links at LINK DELETED
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    Please back up that last post, especially whales speaking English, with valid data HERE, rather then just making claims with a link to your personal website.
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    ...whales speak English......

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrThetaZeta View Post
    You may find this information upsetting in some ways, however, there is alot more than "top down" thinking. Houdini believed in the dead. That's enuff said. Whales speak english, and they are psyonic. The psuedo science you are looking for is called neuro linguistic programming. The stuff you are dealilng with now sounds like cognitive behavorial therapy spin off. I got a pile a links at LINK DELETED
    What the hell does Houdini have to do with anything? Also do you mean he believed in zombies? The afterlife? what? A lot of cool or smart people believe in utter hogwash so that doesn't back up anything that you said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exchemist View Post
    ...whales speak English......

    That made me laugh at loud! Great to read you, sir!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    Please back up that last post, especially whales speaking English, with valid data HERE, rather then just making claims with a link to your personal website.
    I am still laughing!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gib65 View Post
    * How hypnosis works:
    https://gshypnosis.com/does-hypnosis...pnotherapy-2/#




    Hello,


    I've been doing some research on hypnosis. Trying to understand how it works. I came across this website here:


    https://gshypnosis.com/does-hypnosis...pnotherapy-2/#


    I thought I'd ask about this on a science forum like this one.


    According to the link above, the way hypnosis works is by inhibiting what they call "top down" thinking thereby allowing "bottom up" processing to work more effectively. Top down thinking is the way our expectations and assumptions influence the way we interpret our immediate experiences. One example they site is this:


    A group of participants were asked to take a wine taste test. They were given two choices: A glass of “expensive” wine and another of moderately priced wine. The truth was: Both glasses were the same wine. But participants expected the expensive wine to taste better, and therefore, they gave it much higher marks for taste.

    So their expectation of how the wine should taste, which was set by being told it was more expensive, determined how the wine actually tasted. Their expectation is an example of "top down" thinking.


    The link suggests that hypnosis inhibits top down thinking so that whatever is suggested to them (which would count as bottom up thinking) has a much more powerful effect.


    How established is this theory in science? Should it be dismissed as bunk? As well established? Unknown? And what's everyone opinion on it?
    most psychological points are pretty stupid.
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    Please keep to your own thread on this. As you have provided no evidence for your suppositions
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    Please keep to your own thread on this. As you have provided no evidence for,your suppositions
    Seconded.
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    hypnotherapy in a therapeutic context is well-supported and documented.
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    Tried getting hypnotized once. I couldn't! Don't know why!
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    To the OP - hypnotherapy is a recognised medical practice


    the op is conflating stage hypnotherapy with the real thing. I've had therapeutic hypnotherapy before and it's helped.

    stage hypnotherapy is literally that - staged. it's just for show.
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