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06 Dec 2004

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Hi CyberShrink and Shaun

Please give me your opinion on seeing a hypnotist to help you remember things that happened a long time ago?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Ansolutely NOT and NEVER! Almost all hypnotists are quacks, and there is no good evidence that hypnosis on its owb EVER helps clear up any significant problem. This is especially true with the delusion that remembering things that happened a long time ago is useful --- it is rarely ever of much help. And hypnosis is without any possible doubt, the very worst possible way to try to remember anything that happens in the past. It works by rendering you very highly suggestible ( otherwise it's not hypnosis) and in that state, you are so sensitive to picking up clues as to what you expect to find, and even worse, what the hypnotist expects to find, that you produce profundly unreliable "memories", including full and convincing "memories" of things that never happened at all. ALL responsible professional expert groups and organizations advise AGAINST using hypnosis for such an aim.
I respect San's stories, but indeed I find it highly suspicious that this hypnotist or these hypnotists kept finding the same sort of thing, exactly what they were looking for.
And Paris, sometimes in an accident, a degree of head injury may disturb one's memory, including a physicial effect temporarily stopping one from recording a memory ( and one cant find again what wasn't recorded in the first place ).
Human Memory is far more unreliable and patchy than most people expect ; and we don't benefit generally from recalling past events --- what really matters is your current state, and how to deal best with that --- and that needs work in the here and now, not digging back into the past. And of course, when you are in trance, and highly suggestible, it is patheticallty easy for a hypnotist to persaud you to accept whatever theory he has, and to persuade you to feel highly satisfied, even if you're not in fact improved. Steer clear of the quacks !
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