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Summary: Hypnosis

During hypnosis, a person is hypersuggestible or easily influenced. The hypnotized person is focused on the instructions given by another person. Hypnotism is sometimes described as imagined involvement.

During the induction of hypnosis, a person is asked to concentrate on small changes in the body or the environment. When the hypnotist notices changes which indicate acceptance of these suggestions (such as fluttering eyes, or swaying) the hypnotist makes new, slightly more demanding suggestions, and the subject is led into deep levels of imagined involvement.

Under deep hypnosis suggestions can be issued for later execution (post-hypnotic suggestion) or a person can be told to forget the events of hypnosis. Hypnosis can sometimes enhance memory for long-forgotten events. However, hypnotized people are notorious for fabricating false memories that they later believe to be true.

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