Argumentative Essay On Science And Hypnosis

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Register to read the introduction… According to Cownley (2011), “Hypnosis is a state of relaxation of the mind, in which one can still be in control of his/her body. When a person is on the “hypnotic stage,” the body is more responsive to suggestibility because of its intensified state of concentration.” However, this doesn’t mean one can reprogram the mind of an individual (Cownley, 2011). Hypnosis cannot eliminate excess fat from the body and make somebody lose weight, although they try and convince you it can. Instead of working out or changing ones diet, hypnosis is “said” to help you lose weight, when in reality this is not true. Dr. John Gullo (2011) explained, “Hypnosis cannot make your decisions for you, only it can influence them.” Hypnotherapist, John Morgan makes more than half of his income through his weight loss DVDs on hypnosis and earns most of his living by lying to the public. The slogan at the top of his website page, “Thousands Upon Thousands Now Have Lost Weight & Kept it off Who Never Thought They Could,” attempts to sway the reader into thinking his products and programs work (Morgan, 2011). Morgan (2007) says, “Over a quarter of a million people who have attended John’s weight loss hypnosis sessions and tens of thousands who have purchased his DVDs, have learned first-hand that hypnosis doesn’t work.” His literature is aimed to the general public and there is no demand for accuracy and precision in his work. He tries to convince the public by appeal to faith and belief that his hypnosis sessions reduce physical body fat. Just like pseudoscience, he encourages people to believe anything they want. Cownley (2010) argues, “there is no evidence suggesting that it causes weight loss when done simply alone, however, if combined with other weight loss management, it’s shown to be semi …show more content…
According to Hajeck (1994), “if a person does not want to quit smoking, it is going to be even more ineffective than if they want to.” Although some people claim hypnosis to be a very effective way to stop smoking no scientific evidence exists that can back up their claims. This idea seemingly shows the nature of evidence to be anecdotal. A success story of quitting is not used to supplement statistical or factual information, but instead persuade through emotion (Rockler, 2010). Although they claim it to be anecdotal evidence, it clearly isn’t because no success story has hard, factual information. “After a failed attempt of hypnosis the smoker often gets worse. This makes quitting even harder during the next attempt. Trying to quit smoking with no help will take a very long time because the smoker's body will still crave nicotine and the person will crave a cigarette at certain times; for example, during a time of high stress” (Cownley, 2010). Many hypnotists who specialize in helping one quit smoking make an insane amount of money because the patient is told several sessions are needed for the full effect to occur. “Sessions end up being quite expensive, much more than the average everyday person can afford,” says Cownley (2010). In addition to sessions being very expensive I also found several websites that tried to promote quitting through hypnosis DVDs, which too cost a significant amount of money. Several hypnotherapists are making their money through CDs and DVDs which inevitably ignore, excuse, avoid, and hide their failures. Hajeck (1994) found hypnosis to meet the least stringent criteria for a smoking cessation treatment with little evidence that supports the claims that hypnosis has the specific result of enabling individuals to quit smoking. Many people use smoking as a tool to avoid experiencing certain emotions. Thus, hypnosis helps a patient understand his or her emotions and find

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