Hypnotherapy is the science of treating physical and mental problems through hypnosis. Though hypnosis has been shown to be a highly effective treatment method, it has created a variety of intriguing historical moments. Some of the most interesting moments in hypnosis and hypnotherapy history involve serious mysteries that may never solved.
The Mystery of King Edward VIII's Hypnosis
King Edward VIII was one of England's most recent, and strangest, kings. His 326-day kingship is one of the shortest in history when he abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry a woman he had been forbidden from marrying as a king.
The most intriguing aspect of Edward's reign was his interest, and involvement in, hypnotherapy. Only a few months before his abdication, he received heavy and regular hypnotherapy sessions. The reason? Nobody knows. Some say he was being treated for alcoholism, while others say he was treated for sexual problems.
The Hypnotist Who Specializes in Alien Abductions
Alien abduction is a controversial subject with thousands of true believers and even more angry minded skeptics. However, one hypnotherapist, Yvonne Smith, has dedicated herself to helping so-called abduction victims get over the psychological problems surrounding their alien encounters.
Smith helps slowly draw out her clients abduction memories and helps them relive those terrifying encounters. Her clients discuss their abductions, the procedures performed on them as well as the aliens who abducted them.
Smith often treats people who have been examined by legions of psychological experts who have made little progress. Her treatment usually helps her clients victims get over their fears and move on with their lives.
The Hypnotist Thief
Hypnotism isn't always used for good. In fact, a recent incident in England showed that hypnosis can be used to take advantage of people in a trance state.
In this case, a thief quickly hypnotized a shopkeeper and robbed him blind while he stood motionless and unable to react. The shocking thing about the incident was the speed the thief used when hypnotizing the keeper: he only waved his hand in front of the shopkeeper for a moment before he fell into a trance.
Thankfully, no one was hurt in this case. However, other hypnotized crime victims aren't so lucky.
These strange moments illustrate that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are complex and intriguing processes with a wide range of applications. And the growth and widespread application of hypnosis and hypnotherapy promises to create even more interesting, strange, and mysterious incidents. For more information, talk to a professional like Positive Change Unlimited.