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What evidence is there for the divided-consciousness theory of hypnosis?

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What evidence is there for the divided-consciousness theory of hypnosis?

Theories of Hypnosis:

The 18th century German physician Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) working in Paris, France had become quite the celebrity with his apparent to cure people of their ills. He achieved this through a method he called animal magnetism, which involved waving magnets around a patients body. When the French Academy of Science set out to test Mesmer's claims they came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as animal magnetism and Mesmer was labelled a fraud. The mainstream scientific community generally regarded hypnosis, which it later came to be called, as quackery. Today, it is the subject of serious psychological and medical research. Although now taken seriously, scientists are still not sure how exactly hypnosis works.

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One of the first theories of hypnosis was proposed by Ernest Hilgard in the 1950s. His theory has become known as the Divided Consciousness Theory of...

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