Hypnosis and hypnotism treatment has its roots in the 18th century gaining dynamism in the 19th century. Franz Mesmer, a German physician, discovered hypnosis in the late 18th century while treating his patients in Paris and Vienna. According to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, hypnotizing a patient involves creating a state of inner absorption, focused attention, and concentration. Despite the history of hypnosis association with magic and other traditional powers, modern-day medicine acknowledges the significance of hypnosis in helping children with cancer, asthma, and Tic Tourette syndrome manage their conditions.
Hypnosis is used in children, although controversial based on history, individual beliefs, and application. In children, hypnosis began usage in the 1980s and later increased during the 1990s when more scientists conducted research experiments. Association of hypnosis with witchcraft or dark magic has led to controversy, although research has suggested hypnosis to enhance cognitive development. The trance state associated with hypnosis facilitates enhanced awareness suitable for suggestive hypnosis (Kihlstrom 140). Kohen and Kaiser argue that hypnosis is a tool suitable for enhancing children’s underdevelopment and lack of self-regulation. Hypnosis, therefore, can be conducted irrespective of the apparent controversies.
On the other hand, hypnosis enhances retrieval biases, such as false memories (Kihlstrom 142). Using hypnosis on children should be with professionals’ guidance to prevent adverse effects such as false memories. Hypnosis is not dangerous since the patient is always in control as the technique seeks to achieve the ultimate individual’s self-control. If needed, I would try hypnosis, although it is less effective at an older age than children (Kihlstrom 147). Irrespectively, hypnosis does not lead to known permanent damage to adults, making it safe for to try.
Kihlstrom, John F. "Hypnosis and Cognition." Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, vol. 1, no. 2, 2014, pp. 139-152, doi:10.1037/cns0000014.
Kohen, Daniel, and Pamela Kaiser. "Clinical Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents—What? Why? How?: Origins, Applications, and Efficacy." Children, vol. 1, no. 2, 2014, pp. 74-98.