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Etymology: AS, self + Gk, hypnos, sleep
the process of putting oneself into a trancelike state by autosuggestion, such as concentration on a single thought or object. Some subjects are more susceptible than others.
autosuggestionThe use of the principles of hypnosis on oneself; autosuggestion requires complete relaxation, slow deep breathing and repetition of phrases (as used in non-self-hypnosis).
self-hypnosisPsychology The hypnosis of oneself–a modality for which a person can be trained Indications Control of habits, behaviors, pain, smoking, weight; SH can be used to evoke repressed memories, experiences–Freud's 'abreaction'. See Hypnosis.
n the process by which patients cause themselves to enter into a state of trance.