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the study of or the method or practice of inducing hypnosis.
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A system of therapeutics from which were developed hypnotism and therapeutic suggestion.
[F.A. Mesmer, Austrio-Hungarian physician, 1734-1815]
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(mĕz′mə-rĭz′əm, mĕs′-)
1. A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.
2. Hypnotic induction believed to involve animal magnetism.
3. Hypnotism.

mes·mer′ic (-mĕr′ĭk) adj.
mes·mer′i·cal·ly adv.
mes′mer·ist n.
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A method of hypnosis that allegedly placed patients in a trance-like state deep enough to allow major surgery without pain, or awareness of the operation, named for Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer, who developed it
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A system of therapeutics from which were developed hypnotism and therapeutic suggestion.
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Franz Anton, Austrian physician, 1733-1815.
mesmeric crisis - reaction technique. Synonym(s): grand crisis; magnetic crisis
mesmerism - the use of hypnotism as practiced by Mesmer.
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A system of therapeutics from which hypnotism and therapeutic suggestion developed.
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Q. HYPNOSIS can hypnosis be used in bi-polar disorder?

A. there is no reason why not. people with bipolar disorder can be susceptible to hypnosis like any others. but like all population the ability to be hypnotized is variable. some are very suggestible and some are not. doesn't say anything on the person- very smart and intelligent people can be hypnotized.

Q. How effective is hypnosis in treating alcoholism? And how expensive is it? I've already tried hypnotherapy for social anxiety problems but the guy was a useless quack and I didn't even go under properly.

A. Hypnosis is a very effective treatment for addictions, it was used back in the 19th century as one but the use of hypnosis today is smaller then before. Here is a web page with some info about it:

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Regarding Spiritualism and Mesmerism at Brook Farm, Fourier, Robert Darnton notes, "communicated mesmerically with his disciples after his death" (144)--an exercise that may have been brought to Brook Farm by Brisbane, who met Fourier and claimed mesmeric powers "of influencing the minds of persons whom I threw into a magnetic sleep, lighting the gas with my fingers, etc" (Mental Biography 336).
No need for one here: these brilliant instrumentalists, and such an empathetic protagonist, had the piece clutched firmly within themselves, and unfolded it mesmerically.
"SHE is, she bloody well is," I said as she tottered in front of us swinging her full rump mesmerically. My friend just laughed his disbelief.
No, reluctantly we must conclude that what explains this mild apathy is that the England rugby team is mesmerically dull to watch.
(When he flashes his teeth, the actor suggests a more virile version of a George Grosz caricature.) Leaping across the table at his targeted Julie, Eccleston cuts a mesmerically unbuttoned presence, which makes it that much eerier when his master returns to the house wanting Jean's service and the actor suddenly freezes up.
House/Lights is in one respect unusually user-friendly for a Wooster Group production, in that its layered confusions have a magnetic core: Valk's mesmerically intelligent performance, controlled, humorous, and charismatic.
And this is a crying shame, for the heaths, woods and marshes of the UK boasts about 60 mesmerically patterned, utterly captivating species of Lepidoptera, or scales wings as the ancient Greeks christened them.
But there's one thing that they're tragically, unutterrably, mesmerically awful at.
The extraordinary presentation of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring was a total triumph, from the confident orchestral opening by the CBSO under the clear direction of Ilan Volkov (what fabulous delivery by Gretha Tuls of that notorious high bassoon solo), through the mesmerically controlled movements of dancer Julia Mach, and the brilliant realisation of his own choreography by the concept designer and artistic director Klaus Obermaier.