Hypnosis Glossary:

Letters Q to Z

R (rapport to revivification)

  • rapport

    A comfortable feeling between client and hypnotist resulting in a level of trust, resulting in greater ability to respond to suggestion.
    Definition by C. Roy Hunter (date added: 03/09/06)

  • referral

    • The gaining of a new client by word-of-mouth from an extant client.
      Definition by Michelle Beaudry (date added: 05/30/06)

    • The gaining of permission from a licensed healthcare professional to treat a client in any of the fifty States where such regulation applies.
      Definition by Michelle Beaudry (date added: 05/30/06)

  • reframing

    Using the imagination to imagine a different outcome of a past event, such as combining Gestalt Hypnosis with regression work to facilitate release; also used in NLP with guided imagery.
    Definition by C. Roy Hunter (date added: 03/09/06)

  • regression

    Going back in time during trance to remember past events, and replaying them in the imagination, often with accompanying emotions.
    Definition by C. Roy Hunter (date added: 03/09/06)

  • relaxation

    A calm state of mind and body that is optimal, but not necessary, to achieve hypnotic trance.
    Definition by Michelle Beaudry (date added: 05/30/06)

  • resistance

    A client's unwillingness to follow instructions, typically resulting in her inability to achieve trance, or if trance is achieved, an unwillingness to process change. Often attributed to a lack of rapport.
    Definition by Michelle Beaudry (date added: 05/30/06)

  • revivification

    In a true hypnotic age regression session the client is able to hallucinate re-experiencing a past event. This is not pretending or memory at work but rather a reliving of the event. It can seem very real to the client.
    Definition by Cal Banyan (date added: 03/07/06)

S (self-hypnosis to systematic desensitization)

  • self-hypnosis

    • Any time an individual uses techniques or tools to induce hypnosis in herself, for example entering hypnosis by way of post-hypnotic suggestion, or listening to a audio recording made for the purpose of inducing hypnosis.
      Definition by Cal Banyan (date added: 03/07/06)

    • A self-induced trance state.
      Definition by C. Roy Hunter (date added: 03/09/06)

  • somnambulism

    Originally somnambulism was a medical term meaning "walking while asleep" which has been adopted by the profession of hypnotism to mean a deep state of hypnosis. It is an unfortunate choice of terms which stems from some early hypnotists' belief that hypnosis was a form of sleep, a concept which has long been rejected by the profession, but the term remains in common use. At this level of hypnosis one has become sufficiently suggestible be able to hallucinate because of the suggestions of the hypnotist. This level is required to create anesthesia, do true age regression work, and is generally agreed to be the best level for direct suggestion work and Parts Work. Tests for this level of hypnosis include suggesting amnesia, hallucinations, and anesthesia. Most experts divide somnambulism into different sub levels such as the Threshold of Somnambulism, Full Somnambulism, and Profound Somnambulism (corresponding to Stages 4 though 6, respectively, of the Harry Arons Depth Scale).
    Definition by Cal Banyan (date added: 07/05/06)

  • SPE

    See Symptom Producing Event.

  • Spiritual Hypnosis

    The use of hypnosis to achieve insight, enlightment, or other experiences in conformance with a client's religious beliefs.
    Definition by Michelle Beaudry (date added: 05/30/06)

  • SSE

    See Subsequent Sensitizing Event.

  • stage hypnosis

    • The public use of hypnosis purely for entertainment purposes.
      Definition by C. Roy Hunter (date added: 03/09/06)

    • A demonstration in hypnosis, usually performed in front of a group or audience. The demonstrations are usually comical in nature. It was the stage hypnotist that kept hypnosis alive during the time when anesthesia was first discovered. Clinical hypnosis fell by the wayside and the stage hypnotist kept it in the public's eye.
      Definition by Tommy Vee (date added: 05/15/06)

  • subconscious mind (SCM)

    • That part of our mind which is the seat of imagination, emotion, artistic abilities (and other skills), and which takes care of numerous functions without our conscious awareness, such as automatic functions of our organs, etc.
      Definition by C. Roy Hunter (date added: 03/09/06)

    • This is our 'mind computer'. The SCM is awake 24/7 and houses our emotions, habits, memory, vocabulary. It controls our autonomic nervous system which controls our heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate and much more. This is the mind that we tap into to make positive changes. When hypnotized, our conscious minds are bypassed leaving access to the SCM. Once a suggestion is accepted by the subconscious, it is carried out.
      Definition by Tommy Vee (date added: 05/15/06)

  • subjects (of hypnosis)

    The term used by many to describe a person who is in hypnosis (NOTE: the word "client" is used with increasing frequency by hypnotists).
    Definition by C. Roy Hunter (date added: 03/09/06)

  • Subsequent Sensitizing Event (SSE)

    Events that occurs after the Initial Sensitizing Event that reinforces the cognitions, emotions or symptoms associated with the Initial Sensitizing Event. There is usually more than one SSE.
    Definition by Cal Banyan (date added: 03/07/06)

  • suggestibility

    How a person is able to accept suggestion, which varies according to the critical factor of the mind. The greater the suggestibility that an individual is experiencing, the greater the effect that suggestions offered will affect that person's perceptions of reality. In high levels of suggestibility, suggestions can profoundly affect perceptions including causing amnesia, anesthesia and both positive and negative hallucinations.
    Definition by Cal Banyan (date added: 03/07/06)

  • Symptom Producing Event (SPE)

    This is either an Initial Sensitizing Event or Subsequent Sensitizing Event that occurs at the same time the problem, issue or symptom occurs in the life of the client, it is usually the event that either causes the problem or reinforces the cause such that it becomes an active issue in the client's life.
    Definition by Cal Banyan (date added: 03/07/06)

  • systematic desensitization

    The use of programmed imagery in a systematic way to help desensitize someone from an anxiety or phobia.
    Definition by C. Roy Hunter (date added: 03/09/06)

T (task to triggers)

  • task

    The actions or imaginings undertaken by a hypnotized person intended to process change, instill insight, or entertain; e.g., "Visualize a pack of cigarettes, now blow them up in the sun."
    Definition by Michelle Beaudry (date added: 05/30/06)

  • hypnosis

    Any treatment or process which is done with the intent to move someone into a state of health and wholeness, or to remove blockages which are inhibiting health or wholeness, or otherwise reaching one's full potential.
    Definition by Cal Banyan (date added: 03/07/06; updated: 05/02/06)

  • theta (brain wave)

    That state of the mind we are in while dreaming.
    Definition by C. Roy Hunter (date added: 03/09/06)

  • time distortion

    The term for a unique phenomenon where we lose conscious awareness of how much time has passed (examples: 5 minutes can seem like 20 minutes, or vice versa).
    Definition by C. Roy Hunter (date added: 03/09/06)

  • Time Line Hypnosis

    An integration of NLP and Hypnotic regression used to release negative emotions through unconscious learning rather than traditional regression where one re-experiences the event. It is through the understanding of what there is to be learned by the client's unconscious is what leads to the resolution of the unresolved negative emotion. The developers of this model of hypnosis are Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall.
    Definition by Shaun Brookhouse (date added: 05/02/06)

  • trance

    A state of awareness typically composed of a relaxed body and a focused mind, where each is significantly more extreme than during normal alertness.
    Definition by Michelle Beaudry (date added: 05/30/06)

  • triggers

    Something seen, heard, felt, etc., which "triggers" a response, urge, memory, or emotion, etc., such as turning the key in the car might "trigger" a smoker to light up a cigarette.
    Definition by C. Roy Hunter (date added: 03/09/06)

U (UltraDepth® Procedure to upgrades)

  • UltraDepth® Procedure

    An altered state of consciousness attained by way of a hypnotic procedure, requiring first somnambulism, and then the Esdaile State (also known as the Hypnotic Coma State). Not a hypnotic state because it does not create an increase in suggestibility.
    Definition by Cal Banyan (date added: 03/07/06)

  • Unconscious Mind (UCM)

    The part of the brain that regulates autonomic body functions, and regulates the physcial expression of emotions, such as eyes tearing when one experiences the emotion of sadness. This part of the brain readily responds to Classical Conditioning, placebo and hypnotic suggestion.
    Definition by Cal Banyan (date added 04/19/06)

  • upgrades

    The technique of merging a hypnotized person into a visually perceived representation of any positive state (such as self esteem, acceptance, or inner peace) unto the ends of permanently increasing the volume and availability of such resources.
    Definition by Michelle Beaudry (date added: 05/30/06)

W (waking suggestion)

  • waking suggestion

    • Suggestions given to someone in a normal state of consciousness, where no attempt to induce a recognizable state of hypnosis has transpired. These suggestions can be given to an individual who is a normal state of suggestibility, or a state of suggestibility that has been increased by other means, such as when the person who is giving the suggestions has established a state of rapport with the other person, or has established herself as a trusted expert in the eyes of the other person.
      Definition by Cal Banyan (date added: 03/07/06)

    • This is a suggestion given when a person is fully conscious (not hypnotized). We are bombarded with these suggestions constantly. For instance, your friend calls you rave about the dinner he had at the new restaurant in town. You hear how tasty the food is and before you know it, you are on the way to that restaurant! Other examples include radio, television and billboard advertising.
      Definition by Tommy Vee (date added: 05/15/06)