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Hypnosis in History

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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
2022-08-06 at 12:37 PM Pacific Time

It was very interesting to see how many times hypnosis could have become standard medical practice.
K.R. from Needham, Massachusetts, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-08-06 at 9:40 AM Pacific Time

I liked it. The history of hypnosis was detailed and interesting.
D.W. from Chicago, Illinois, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-08-05 at 5:24 AM Pacific Time

With the help of the PDF and the quiz, it helps me to remember better.
K.L. from , MO


Hypnosis in History
2022-08-04 at 6:59 PM Pacific Time

Fascinating, new information, I really enjoyed it.
N.T. from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-08-03 at 3:47 PM Pacific Time

Very interesting! I enjoyed the history lesson.
G.C. from Clearwater, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-08-02 at 8:11 PM Pacific Time

It was very educational into the beginnings of hypnotherapy.
A.R. from Wappingers Falls, New York, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-08-01 at 7:41 PM Pacific Time

It was a fun video, easy to follow, and informative.
E.C. from Williamstown, New Jersey, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-08-01 at 5:42 PM Pacific Time

Loved the knowledge, very informative.
D.T. from Paramount, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-08-01 at 5:08 PM Pacific Time

This was a great way to learn about the history of hypnosis and understand the evolution of the technology.
G.P. from Salt Lake City, Utah, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-08-01 at 4:48 PM Pacific Time

Great lesson! I found it very helpful and interesting. Thank you for your course.
N.P. from Phoenix, Arizona, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-08-01 at 3:44 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed it, very exciting and easy to navigate.
K.F. from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-08-01 at 3:21 PM Pacific Time

It is very interesting to know the history of hypnosis. From ancient times, this shows how we can adapt to help more people in different settings.
O.T. from Canovanas, PR


Hypnosis in History
2022-08-01 at 4:20 PM Pacific Time

It was interesting and easy to keep up with.
M.D. from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-31 at 10:06 PM Pacific Time

It was very interesting, I had no idea how long people have been using hypnosis. I enjoyed it a lot.
Y.S. from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-31 at 8:42 PM Pacific Time

It was great. I learned a lot of new information.
A.W. from Gainesville, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-31 at 7:29 PM Pacific Time

Learning the origins of hypnosis is important in understanding how it evolved from superstitious beliefs to a legitimate mental potentials modality.
J.R. from Anchorage, Alaska, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-31 at 6:30 PM Pacific Time

Lots of information. Never realized the UW Madison in Wisconsin had ties to hypnotism.
E.B. from Greenville, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-31 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time

It provided a comprehensive overview of the history of hypnosis.
A.M. from Columbus, Indiana, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-31 at 3:54 PM Pacific Time

It has been interesting learning about the history leading to the accreditation of hypnotherapy.
J.L. from Clarksville, Tennessee, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-30 at 6:15 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed the video! It was very interesting and informative. Looking forward to learning more!
J.R. from Windsor, Colorado, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-30 at 6:52 AM Pacific Time

Thank you for making this lesson available to the general public. It was interesting and informative.
K.S. from Almaty, KZ


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-30 at 1:11 AM Pacific Time

Very good lesson, thank you.
E.K. from Nurnberg, DE


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-29 at 11:57 PM Pacific Time

Thank you so much, very good course.
S.R. from Nurnberg, Bavaria, DE


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-30 at 12:04 AM Pacific Time

Very informative! I enjoy learning about the evolution of hypnosis and how each experiment led to a different perspective and discovery.
D.P. from Highland, New York, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-30 at 8:48 AM Pacific Time

Excellent learning methodology.
S.M. from Cicero, Illinois, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-28 at 10:21 PM Pacific Time

The session was informative and engaging. I enjoyed it.
L.F. from Sausalito, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-29 at 9:59 AM Pacific Time

Very interesting and extraordinary.
L.B. from Van Nuys, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-28 at 4:59 PM Pacific Time

The lesson was very informative and I liked how it was chronologically put together to really understand the progression of such an elusive topic.
J.L. from Houston, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-28 at 10:19 AM Pacific Time

I like the quality of the video, and enjoyed watching it again and again.
N.Y. from New York, New York, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-27 at 1:47 PM Pacific Time

Quite interesting and informative. Thank you.
D.H. from Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-27 at 11:06 AM Pacific Time

I enjoyed learning how the roots of hypnotherapy, and how it it evolved through the centuries.
M.S. from Encino, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-27 at 10:15 AM Pacific Time

Interesting. Remembering historical facts is probably not the best use of time. A better use of time might be to understand the difference between the types of hypnosis.
J.M. from Salt Lake City, Utah, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-26 at 10:45 PM Pacific Time

It was a great history lesson that I enjoyed and it taught me a lot about the History of Hypnosis.
C.K. from Houston, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-26 at 11:56 AM Pacific Time

It was very easy to take and find the information in the workbook.
E.B. from Valencia, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-25 at 11:45 PM Pacific Time

Very easy to understand, I enjoyed it.
D.N. from Burlington, Kansas, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-25 at 5:27 PM Pacific Time

This session was very concise and interesting.
R.M. from Sherman Oaks, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-25 at 1:09 PM Pacific Time

Very informative! A large amount of historical documentation, broken down to a show proof and doughy. However I will question whether Mesmer's magnetic flow is now called lymphatic system?
R.B. from Mesa, Arizona, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-25 at 12:37 PM Pacific Time

I loved learning about the history of hypnosis and am eager to learn more.
B.S. from Los Angeles, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-24 at 1:44 PM Pacific Time

This history was extremely interesting!
P.H. from Summerville, South Carolina, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-24 at 10:20 AM Pacific Time

I very much enjoyed this lesson and learning about the history of Hypnosis.
I.J. from Saint Cloud, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-24 at 7:28 AM Pacific Time

Interesting history of hypnosis. I learned some new things.
E.M. from Orlando, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-24 at 1:08 AM Pacific Time

It wasn't bad, thanks. Definitely kept my attention.
O.S. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-22 at 3:22 PM Pacific Time

Really outstanding lesson!
A.M. from Toronto, Ontario, CA


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-22 at 3:01 PM Pacific Time

Very interesting information and would love to learn more.
A.P. from Grand Rapids, Michigan, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-22 at 12:36 AM Pacific Time

Informative and created in a manner that made it interesting to watch.
B.R. from Eagle Point, Oregon, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-21 at 10:32 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed it, I could not get the workbook up at first but got it.
P.T. from Jacksonville, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-21 at 10:02 AM Pacific Time

This was very fascinating! I look forward to learning more.
E.H. from Carlsbad, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-21 at 2:36 AM Pacific Time

Awesome information and insights conveyed.
N.W. from Bloomfield, Connecticut, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-20 at 9:07 PM Pacific Time

I really enjoyed it! Nothing distracted me and I think I did okay on my quiz!
M.A. from Thoreau, New Mexico, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-07-20 at 1:31 PM Pacific Time

A helpful primer to better understand the history and origins of clinical hypnotherapy and the thread in time that gets us to the benefits we can manifest today if we seek treatment.
S.S. from Saint Charles, Missouri, US