Hypnosis refers to a state or condition in which the client becomes highly responsive to suggestions. Hypnosis is a state of relaxation. All hypnosis is self hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a natural psychological process in which critical thinking faculties of the mind are bypassed and a type of selective thinking and perception is established.
Hypnotherapy is a term to describe the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic context. Hypnotherapy can either be used as an addition to the work of licensed physicians or psychologists, or it can be used in a stand-alone environment.
The early hypnotists were called mesmerists. A term attributed to Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815).
Hypnosis evolved from mesmerism, The term hypnosis was first used by Dr. Jame Braid in 1842, derived from the Greek word Hypnos.