Dictionary of Hypnosis terms

Directory of hypnosis

and N.L.P. terms

Abreaction An action during which emotionally charged repressed memories are brought into consciousness.
Altered State of Consciousness Any mental state that is non-ordinary for the particular individual.
Amnesia An inability to recall past event(s).
Analgesia Insensitivity to pain.
Anchoring The process of associating internal response with some external trigger so that the response may be quickly re accessed.
Anxiety A feeling of apprehensive uneasiness, often characterized by dread or anticipation of threat.
Auto-hypnosis Self-hypnosis.
Behaviour The specific physical actions and reactions through which we interact with people and environment around us.
Calibration The process of reading another person’s unconscious responses through non-verbal responses.
Catalepsy Rigidity of body or part of the body.
Catharsis An act of releasing strong charged emotions.
Cognitive Pertaining to thinking, knowing, understanding of internal processing of information.
Compulsion An act a person feels driven to repeat, often against his or her will.
Confabulation The falsification of memory, due to a partial amnesia.
Congruence When all of person’s individual beliefs, strategies and behaviours are fully in agreement.
Counter Suggestion A suggestion given to a person to displace or challenge a core or fixed idea or belief.
Criteria The values or standards a person uses to make judgements and decisions.
Defence Mechanism Self-protection system designed to lessen or repress certain thoughts, feelings or memories from entering the conscious mind.
Delusion A false idea or belief.
Dissociation Distancing or separating an individual from directly reliving an event or a scene – e.g. viewing an event as if it were happening to someone else.
Euphoria A state of extreme well-being and pleasure.
Erickson, MDMilton Hyland Milton Hyland Erickson, MD 5/12/1901 – 25/03/1980  an American psychiatrist specializing in medical hypnosis. He was founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis
Fractionation Guiding the individual several times through different levels of trance, or in and out of trance, for the purpose of increasing the depth of trance.
Free Association The spontaneous outpouring of associated ideas from the subconscious without any external censorship.
Free Floating Anxiety Feelings of apprehension or dread that cannot be traced to any particular  source.
Future Pacing The process of mentally rehearsing oneself through some future situation in order to help ensure that the desired outcome will occur naturally and automatically.
Glove Anaesthesia A technique where an individual is thought to create a feeling of numbness in his hand and then transfer that feeling to a part of the body where pain relief is desired.
Gustatory Relating to a sense of taste.
Habit Formation A learned process of reacting brought about through repetition of certain actions.
Hyperaesthesia Heightened sensitivity to stimuli.
Hypnodontics Using hypnosis in dentistry.
Hypnos Greek god of sleep.
Hypnosis A state of heightened suggestibility.
Hypnotherapy Therapeutic use of hypnosis.
Ideomotor Response (Signalling) Involuntary movement of the part of the body by the subconscious as a result of a suggestion or a question.
Imagination The ability of the mind to construct or reorganize sensory data from an experience of outer or inner world, real or imagined.
Induction An act of inducing, causing or producing a state of hypnosis.
Kinesthetic Relating to bodily sensations, including tactile, visceral and feelings.
Leading Changing your own behaviours with enough rapport for the other person to follow or match.
Mental Rehearsal Rehearsing a future event through imagination.
Multiple Personality A psychological state in which an individual maintains two or more distinct personalities usually without any conscious recognition between them.
Negative Hallucination Not perceiving something which is present.
NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming: study of the structure of subjective human experience.
Obsession Extreme preoccupation with certain thoughts.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Extreme preoccupation with certain thoughts and compulsive performance of certain behaviors, both of which occur in ritualistic and unavoidable fashion.
Olfactory Relating to sense of smell.
Outcome Goal or a state that a person desires to achieve.
Pacing Matching or mirroring a behaviour of another for the purpose of establishing rapport.
Panic Disorder High level of anxiety accompanied by sudden intense episodes of pain.
Phobia An intense fear of some specific object or situation.
Positive Hallucination Perceiving something that is not present.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Psychological and emotional disturbance following the stresses outside the range of normal individual’s experience.
Post-Hypnotic Suggestion A suggestion given in hypnotic state that is to be carried out after emergence out of hypnotic state.
Pseudo-Memories False memories that a person beliefs to be accurate.
Rapport The presence of harmony, trust and cooperation in relationship.
Regression Experiencing an earlier time (event) as if it is occurring now.
Representational systems The five senses:  seeing, hearing, feeling (touching), tasting, smelling.
Secondary Gain A positive function of undesirable behaviour.
State A complete mental and physical condition from which a person is acting.
Time Distortion An experience of time in which it seems that the time has either sped up or slowed down.
Trance A state of hypersuggestibility.
Universal quantifiers Linguistic term for words such as ‘every’, ‘never’ and ‘all’ implying that admit no exceptions.
Visual Relating to a sense of sight.
Well-Formed Outcome An outcome that is stated in positive, initiated and maintained by an individual, sensory based, testable in experience, and ecological.