Hypnosis is now being used by doctors, dentists and therapists to help cure or relieve a wide range of illnesses, personality problems and emotional and psychological conditions. It has been used to treat phobias and many nervous symptoms; the help people give up smoking, alcohol and drugs; to overcome shyness, stammering, uncontrollable blushing, nail biting and certain allergies; to curb weight problems (both obesity and anorexia); to help overcome impotence, frigidity and other sexual difficulties; in dentistry as a substitute to local anaesthetics and to counter 'needle-phobia', tooth-grinding and excessive salivation; to alleviate pain and insomnia; to achieve relaxation in pregnancy and childbirth; and also in the treatment of behaviour problems and in crime detection.
Originally published in 1981, in this book, the late Dr David Waxman - a medically qualified therapist who had practised hypnosis for over twenty years at the time of writing and who had lectured on the subject throughout the world - explains exactly what hypnosis is; gives a concise history of its practice; discusses the scientific theories about it and how it is used today; and describes what it can and cannot do and when and how it is best used.
Acknowledgements. Preface. List of Illustrations. 1. What Hypnosis Was. 2. What Hypnosis Is 3. What Hypnosis Does 4. How Hypnosis Begins 5. How to Use Hypnosis 6. When to Use Hypnosis 7. Other Uses of Hypnosis 8. Hypnosis and the Law. Appendix: Addresses. Bibliography. Index.