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Hypnosis in History

Free Hypnosis in History Course

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Hypnosis in History

The American Hypnosis Association (AHA) in conjunction with HMI’s Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy is proud to present this FREE online course, Hypnosis in History. This illuminating story is a must see for any student of Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy.

This 40-minute video documentary presents the revealing and fascinating history of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. Starting with the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, our story guides you through the pivotal pioneers of Mesmerism and Hypnosis in Europe, and then into the 20th Century.

Watch the video and use the Hypnosis in History menu (at right on desktop, below on mobile) to browse the Hypnosis in History transcript. You can also click on the timestamps and seek to that point in the video.

HMI Student Comments

Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2021-03-23 at 3:05 PM Pacific Time

woo hooo I think i have it now!
S.M. from Lake Stevens, Washington, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2021-02-09 at 1:11 AM Pacific Time

Well after I finally figured out how to take the quiz it was actually more simple than I thought it was going to be, as long as you read and highlight important things in the workbook! Good job with the introductory.
T.B. from Layton, Utah, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2021-02-05 at 3:30 PM Pacific Time

I thought it was great. Thank you very much.
A.H. from Brooklyn, New York, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2021-01-12 at 7:37 PM Pacific Time

This was so interesting! I learned so much!
S.R. from Salem, Massachusetts, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2021-01-06 at 7:09 PM Pacific Time

The video of the history of hypnosis was informative.
M.J. from Midwest City, Oklahoma, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2021-01-02 at 11:00 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed the lesson, it was very informative.
B.G. from Houma, Louisiana, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-12-07 at 4:24 PM Pacific Time

I thought it was important to know about the foundations of hypnosis and the influence of hypnosis. Franz Mesmer was correct in his theory about magnetism and the driving element of flow. The reason movies ritual praying and music is so important improves the flow and balance as a form of hypnotism. My favorite affirmation is each day in every way I am getting better and better this has helped me, the Emile Coue quote, I was so excited about this because I thought of this affirmation.
L.G. from Tucson, Arizona, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-12-01 at 1:04 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed it immensely. Thank you for this opportunity.
M.K. from Decatur, Michigan, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-11-24 at 1:44 PM Pacific Time

Interesting history of Hypnosis. Thanks!
J.G. from Columbia, Missouri, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-11-03 at 12:43 PM Pacific Time

Interesting! Would like to know more about Imhotep's temple and hypnotic uses in it.
E.H. from Miami, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-28 at 9:23 AM Pacific Time

Very informative and concise. I appreciated the format and the reinforcement of ideas.
T.M. from Morton, Illinois, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-27 at 11:49 AM Pacific Time

I enjoyed learning how hypnosis has come to be, and the workbook was helpful.
D.S. from Scottsburg, Indiana, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-26 at 11:04 AM Pacific Time

The lesson in history of hypnosis was interesting. Oddly I feel as if I have the same type of history.
K.H. from , Iowa, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-24 at 12:39 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed it very much as it was very clear and flowed well.
C.D. from Pembroke Pines, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-24 at 9:10 AM Pacific Time

I enjoyed learning about the summarized history of hypnosis in a structured format.
B.C. from Singapore, SG


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-23 at 7:53 PM Pacific Time

I really enjoyed this lesson. This video was interesting.
R.H. from Cary, Illinois, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-23 at 6:21 PM Pacific Time

This lesson was very informative, educational, and interesting.
T.T. from Rochester, New York, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-22 at 2:27 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed learning the history of hypnosis. I found it interesting and enjoyable!
M.M. from Waianae, Hawaii, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-22 at 11:46 AM Pacific Time

It's very informative and presented well.
G.B. from Los Alamos, New Mexico, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-19 at 5:58 PM Pacific Time

It was very informative and engaging!
J.M. from Kamuela, Hawaii, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-19 at 4:59 PM Pacific Time

The Hypnosis in History was very interesting. It keeps you engaged and I like the storybook feel.
T.G. from Baldwinsville, New York, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-19 at 9:38 AM Pacific Time

Informative and interesting. Not tiring, and well organised.
C.S. from Manchester, GB


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-18 at 4:58 PM Pacific Time

It was very informative and I liked the way it was structured. It was easy to follow.
D.M. from Newark, Delaware, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-17 at 10:06 PM Pacific Time

Love it. I learned a lot.
J.S. from Vulcan, Michigan, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-17 at 1:43 PM Pacific Time

I thought it was interesting and informative.
A.S. from West Wyoming, Pennsylvania, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-17 at 7:16 AM Pacific Time

I enjoyed the history of hypnosis and walking through the evolution of hypnotherapy.
H.M. from Westfield, Massachusetts, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-16 at 1:54 PM Pacific Time

I found it very informational and interesting.
S.B. from Grapevine, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-15 at 2:11 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed learning about the history of hypnosis and look forward to further trainings.
T.G. from Big Sky, Montana, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-14 at 12:26 PM Pacific Time

Great hypnosis history lesson, very interesting and informing.
M.C. from Dana Point, California, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-13 at 5:43 PM Pacific Time

It was very informative and spurred a further interest in learning more about hypnotism.
C.M. from Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-13 at 5:42 AM Pacific Time

This was a very useful exercise in knowledge, helping to cement understanding of the origins and beneficial uses of hypnosis.
K.T. from Dubai, AE


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-10 at 7:45 PM Pacific Time

This session was an excellent introduction to the subject of hypnosis. Thorough, interesting, and well delivered!
M.S. from Granger, Indiana, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-09 at 9:56 PM Pacific Time

Great! Very thorough overview and the information was easy to remember.
M.C. from Brooklyn, New York, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-09 at 4:57 PM Pacific Time

It was interesting and I appreciate the course. Thank you.
B.H. from Stratford, Connecticut, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-07 at 5:29 PM Pacific Time

I really enjoyed the lesson. It was very informative and a great foundation to learning more about this practice.
J.S. from Knoxville, Tennessee, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-07 at 4:23 PM Pacific Time

8/10. It was very interesting and informative. I have a solid background in psychology but I did not know most of this information.
J.R. from Escondido, California, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-07 at 12:02 PM Pacific Time

I loved it and find it fascinating.
A.G. from Nashville, Tennessee, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-07 at 11:05 AM Pacific Time

Very interesting! I enjoyed learning about this history, I had no clue. All of this fascinates me, as I am an energy healer. I am anxious to connect with my higher self, in a more functional level and be balanced there! Thank you for this opportunity, it will open a lot up for me personally, and also for others for their journey!
L.L. from Cairo, Nebraska, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-06 at 10:21 PM Pacific Time

Thank you for this great information of Hypnosis History, it helps a lot with my clients to understand that it’s not magic and that it's knowledge and science.
A.A. from Arlington, Virginia, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-06 at 7:06 PM Pacific Time

I loved it! I am currently getting my Masters in Psychology and we briefly went over Freud's theory of the unconscious mind. I honestly thought that he invented Hypnotherapy! It was great to learn the history.
K.H. from Yakima, Washington, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-06 at 12:45 PM Pacific Time

It was very informative and intriguing to watch!
A.N. from Livonia, Michigan, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-06 at 7:12 AM Pacific Time

I like the lessons for the history itself. It's very fascinating!
T.T. from Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-05 at 8:32 PM Pacific Time

I found it was interesting and informative.
A.M. from Montgomery, Alabama, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-05 at 5:13 PM Pacific Time

I found this part of the lesson very interesting.
M.S. from Stacyville, Iowa, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-03 at 4:47 PM Pacific Time

It was unique. The instructor was knowledgeable about the history of hypnotism and presented the material in a simple to understand way. I liked the self quiz questions in-between each section.
C.A. from London, Kentucky, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-02 at 3:10 AM Pacific Time

I really enjoyed this course. The history of hypnosis is fascinating.
D.C. from Stanwood, Michigan, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-01 at 6:57 PM Pacific Time

It was very informative. A bit hard to follow at times, but overall well done.
K.S. from Jacksonville, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-10-01 at 1:26 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed the video in correlation with the workbook for different types of learners.
L.W. from Chicago, Illinois, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-09-30 at 1:34 PM Pacific Time

I thought it was very interesting and I am excited to learn more!
A.S. from Mukilteo, Washington, US


Hypnosis in History - Introductory Lesson
2020-09-30 at 6:28 AM Pacific Time

Very global vision of the history that gives a better understanding of today's practices. Thank you.
R.K. from Chelles, FR