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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
2022-05-08 at 8:34 AM Pacific Time

I found it very enjoyable and informative!
J.C. from Columbia, Missouri, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-08 at 8:51 AM Pacific Time

Excellent presentation on the origins, theoretical models, and evolution of hypnosis as an evidence-based healing modality.
S.R. from Clinton, Massachusetts, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-07 at 11:53 AM Pacific Time

It's very interesting to know how long hypnotherapy has been used and kept quiet.
J.S. from Cathedral City, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-06 at 9:49 AM Pacific Time

The lesson was informative about the History of Hypnosis.
T.H. from San Luis Obispo, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-06 at 6:19 AM Pacific Time

It's a great course. If I have the chance, I hope I can go to school.
L.W. from Nanjing, CN


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-05 at 6:07 PM Pacific Time

It was very informative and fascinating. I was quite surprised by how many important figures in the scientific medical field studied this so long ago.
T.N. from Gaithersburg, Maryland, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-05 at 6:02 PM Pacific Time

Thank you so much. I really enjoyed learning.
D.P. from Fishers, Indiana, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-05 at 5:35 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed how it was put together and the clear information it gave.
C.S. from Tremonton, Utah, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-05 at 10:27 AM Pacific Time

Interesting. I have 5 certificates in Hypnotherapy... but this was still interesting.
M.L. from Hemet, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-05 at 7:40 AM Pacific Time

I found the information to be enlightening as I find it useful to know the history. The delivery is a little corny in a “Masterpiece Theatre” way but I guess that’s fun. Some however might judge the delivery “less serious”. I did learn a lot.
N.P. from Woodstock, New York, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-04 at 7:47 PM Pacific Time

Wonderful lesson that included Erickson and Freud, Mesmer, and pioneers in hypnosis sciences. Very insightful and gives me confidence to continue my studies and practice.
T.P. from Beverly Hills, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-04 at 1:51 PM Pacific Time

I really enjoyed the lesson, it was so informative!
R.C. from Bourne, Massachusetts, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-03 at 5:40 PM Pacific Time

It was helpful to know the history of hypnosis.
L.I. from Knoxville, Tennessee, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-03 at 3:29 PM Pacific Time

Learning about the history was insightful on where it came from and how it started.
S.D. from Wabeno, Wisconsin, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-03 at 12:52 PM Pacific Time

I loved learning about the history of hypnosis. My only comment would be that the video was a little old-school making it a little hard to engage with, but the content itself was really useful.
A.S. from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-02 at 4:52 PM Pacific Time

I liked it very much. I'm fascinated by the history of hypnosis and can't wait to learn more!
L.R. from North Muskegon, Michigan, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-02 at 4:11 PM Pacific Time

The questions followed the video and workbook very closely.
M.J. from Atlanta, Georgia, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-02 at 11:36 AM Pacific Time

I liked it. I am a history buff so it is right up my alley. I like learning and I learned things I didn't know about the origins of hypnosis.
T.D. from Fort Worth, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-01 at 8:27 PM Pacific Time

The lesson was easy to follow and informative!
C.S. from Camperdown, New South Wales, AU


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-01 at 2:55 PM Pacific Time

Thank you for the introduction.
N.T. from North Venice, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-01 at 10:42 AM Pacific Time

I found this course to be interesting and informative. Brief and well-organized.
L.M. from Decatur, Illinois, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-01 at 8:56 AM Pacific Time

I found the history fascinating which in turn, has made me explore it further on my own. I am also excited about pursuing the course even more after watching it.
D.S. from Marina del Rey, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-01 at 8:59 AM Pacific Time

I found it very interesting as I did not understand the history of hypnosis.
M.A. from Kings Beach, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-29 at 6:52 PM Pacific Time

Really interesting and I can't wait to learn more!
K.P. from Lafayette, Colorado, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-05-01 at 10:42 AM Pacific Time

It was very thorough and thought provoking.
A.S. from Saranac Lake, New York, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-28 at 11:10 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed it very much. It was so interesting. Didn't know that I would be intrigued in such a way.
M.R. from San Antonio, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-28 at 10:18 PM Pacific Time

Interesting information provided.
G.T. from Los Angeles, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-28 at 3:35 PM Pacific Time

Interesting way of telling the history of hypnotherapy.
S.S. from Phoenix, Arizona, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-28 at 2:06 PM Pacific Time

I thought it gave a good basic history of the origins of hypnotherapy.
N.L. from Douglasville, Georgia, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-28 at 8:31 AM Pacific Time

The history is very different then what I thought it would be. Very well done. Thank you.
B.D. from Dallas, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-27 at 9:21 PM Pacific Time

It was easy to follow. Informative and enjoyable.
B.H. from Covington, Louisiana, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-27 at 8:08 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed the history lesson, it was interesting for sure!
V.A. from Wellington, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-27 at 2:35 PM Pacific Time

It was a brief but informative overview. I now have a good list of names to further research.
L.S. from Bloomington, Indiana, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-29 at 10:44 AM Pacific Time

I enjoyed learning how hypnosis began, was used, and evolved throughout history into what we use it as and know it for today.
J.H. from Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-26 at 2:04 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed the history of hypnosis.
K.W. from Decatur, Georgia, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-25 at 8:08 PM Pacific Time

Very interesting and fascinating!
L.H. from Jacksonville, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-25 at 7:25 PM Pacific Time

It was very well written and informative, I would like to see more.
T.P. from Milan, Tennessee, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-25 at 5:24 PM Pacific Time

This is the most complete history lesson I have ever seen, after more than 50 years of studying the topic.
L.M. from Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-25 at 2:28 AM Pacific Time

I totally enjoyed it. Definitely want to continue to learn more.
R.S. from Rehoboth, Hardap, NA


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-24 at 9:10 PM Pacific Time

The lesson and video were very well put together. Great information, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
J.S. from The Villages, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-24 at 8:18 AM Pacific Time

This was extremely interesting. I loved it and look forward to learning more.
M.G. from Lander, Wyoming, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-22 at 9:06 PM Pacific Time

I found it to be Informative, enlightening, and enjoyable. I liked it very much.
S.D. from Pemberton, Ohio, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-22 at 2:02 PM Pacific Time

I loved learning about this kind of information!
L.T. from Williamsburg, Kentucky, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-22 at 7:46 AM Pacific Time

I enjoyed how informative and entertaining it is at the same time.
J.P. from Dover, Delaware, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-26 at 10:27 PM Pacific Time

It was interesting, I learned a lot I didn't know in a short period of time.
S.B. from Los Angeles, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-21 at 2:52 PM Pacific Time

Loved it, very informative.
A.H. from Forest Park, Georgia, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-24 at 10:46 AM Pacific Time

It is really useful and great information, thank you.
L.K. from New York, New York, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-21 at 11:54 AM Pacific Time

It was very informative and I left knowing more than I knew.
C.G. from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-21 at 6:10 AM Pacific Time

Very entertaining and informative.
A.P. from Ormond Beach, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-04-21 at 8:48 AM Pacific Time

Very interesting and helpful!
J.S. from Hancock, Michigan, US