||The first has to do with
hypnosis. This is not new. Hypnotism was a parlor trick invented by Anton Mesmer in France
in the 18th century, and Benjamin Franklin was a part of an international group of
individuals who was brought in to challenge this and figure out what the trick is, and it
led to a real questioning of the inherent basis of hypnosis. Nonetheless, over the past
century, hypnosis has evolved as a practice for certain conditions.
And contrary to what
this cartoon suggests, that hypnosis involves putting people to sleep, it actually
involves inducing a state of intense focus on a suggested response. And itís believed
that that focus can induce involuntary changes in perception, mood, memory or physiology.