Monoideism the evolution of hypnosis

Unlocking the Secrets of Monoideism: The Revolutionary Science Behind Hypnosis

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James Braid was a prominent Scottish physician and surgeon who is best known for his contributions to the field of hypnotism. Braid was born in 1795 in Fife, Scotland, and after completing his medical studies, he went on to become a successful surgeon. However, it was his interest in mesmerism that would ultimately lead him to become one of the most influential figures in the history of hypnotism.

Braid was a skeptic of mesmerism and believed that the supposed effects of mesmerism were due to suggestion rather than any sort of magnetic force or fluid. He believed that the power of suggestion could be harnessed to induce a hypnotic state, and he began to experiment with this idea in the 1840s. Braid’s experiments led him to develop the concept of “monoideism,” which is the idea that a person’s attention can be focused on a single idea or object to the exclusion of all others.

According to Braid, the induction of a hypnotic state involves the use of a fixation point, which can be any object or idea that captures a person’s attention. Braid believed that by focusing on this fixation point, a person’s mind could be directed into a state of monoideism, where all other thoughts and distractions are blocked out. This state of monoideism, according to Braid, is the key to inducing a hypnotic trance.

Braid’s concept of monoideism was revolutionary for its time, and it laid the foundation for the modern practice of hypnosis. Braid’s work paved the way for other researchers to explore the power of suggestion and its effects on the human mind. Today, hypnosis is used in a variety of therapeutic settings, including pain management, anxiety reduction, and addiction treatment.

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James Braid was a pioneering figure in the field of hypnotism, and his concept of monoideism was instrumental in the development of modern hypnosis. Braid’s legacy continues to influence the field of psychology and medicine, and his contributions to ophthalmology have also made a lasting impact on the medical community. Braid’s work is a testament to the power of scientific inquiry and the importance of pursuing new ideas and concepts.


James Braid British Surgeon

History of Hypnosis

Disclaimer, Please Read: The information provided in this article is for illustrative and informational purposes only. It does not establish a therapist-patient relationship. For medical issues or emergencies, always consult with a licensed medical professional. For non-clinical challenges related to stress, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural concerns, considering a consultation with a therapist may be beneficial. Bohangar City Practice is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy practice, specialising in combining cognitive behavioural techniques with hypnosis to address various challenges and promote well-being. Any questions, please do reach out

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