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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
2023-02-01 at 3:54 PM Pacific Time

It was good. Interesting video.
T.L. from Pelham, Alabama, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-02-01 at 3:03 PM Pacific Time

The lesson was interesting and filled with lots of information!
C.L. from Inglewood, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-02-01 at 1:19 PM Pacific Time

It was great. I found it very informative.
B.R. from Henderson, Nevada, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-31 at 6:33 PM Pacific Time

The use of videos is a good approach to teaching and learning.
S.F. from Brownsville, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-31 at 3:31 PM Pacific Time

Good, it was very interesting. Thank you.
B.D. from Shelby Township, Michigan, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-31 at 11:02 AM Pacific Time

The History of Hypnosis was interesting.
E.I. from Simi Valley, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-27 at 4:22 PM Pacific Time

I thought it was very interesting, I have a psychology degree and wish I would have learned more then.
A.E. from Apple Valley, Minnesota, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-27 at 3:35 PM Pacific Time

Very interesting information. Easy to follow. Must be very attractive and willing to learn.
V.E. from Garland, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-26 at 4:08 PM Pacific Time

It was interesting and knowledgeable.
G.R. from Los Angeles, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-24 at 10:13 PM Pacific Time

Very interesting and a lot of learning as well, very useful.
E.C. from Costa Mesa, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-30 at 10:19 PM Pacific Time

The lesson was very Informative.
J.B. from Norwalk, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-24 at 3:39 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed the video. Thanks.
E.B. from Bellingham, Washington, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-24 at 10:15 AM Pacific Time

Very good introductory lesson.
K.B. from Harrah, Oklahoma, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-23 at 6:11 PM Pacific Time

I found this lesson to be well put together and highly informative, a great starting point.
S.C. from Greenfield, Indiana, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-23 at 3:44 PM Pacific Time

It feels like an in depth start to a very exciting modality for healing.
J.E. from Los Angeles, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-22 at 11:34 AM Pacific Time

I learned something new with this class and I am not new to this field.
M.S. from Fayetteville, North Carolina, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-22 at 9:17 AM Pacific Time

Fully enjoyed the brief history lesson.
T.H. from Decatur, Georgia, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-21 at 12:37 PM Pacific Time

Very interesting to see the timeline and to learn the fluctuation between legitimacy and fallacy throughout history. Most interesting is to see that it is within one person's influence rather than allowing room for exploration and science.
G.G. from Oroville, Washington, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-20 at 12:10 PM Pacific Time

Loved it, I knew some of the information mentioned but I learned a lot on the origins of hypnosis.
K.P. from Jacksonville, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-20 at 10:40 AM Pacific Time

The workbook with the video were helpful.
D.T. from Hayden, Colorado, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-19 at 10:41 AM Pacific Time

Great information provided for someone who is interested in studying hypnotherapy.
J.d. from Simpsonville, South Carolina, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-17 at 8:54 PM Pacific Time

This was a very interesting and informative lesson. I enjoyed learning the history behind hypnotherapy and how our modern day practices developed and grew into the successful methods we now use regularly. I was a bit disappointed to learn that the methods are not more sought after, as a more natural alternative to medication, but I suppose we are a nation of “fast paced” remedies and pills would more easily facilitate this lifestyle. I am anxious to learn the depths of hypnosis and how each level affects different behaviors uniquely, to help a client achieve their desired changes.
S.A. from Fort Collins, Colorado, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-17 at 5:34 PM Pacific Time

This lesson was educational and interesting.
B.D. from Irvine, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-17 at 12:23 PM Pacific Time

Very informative, easy to follow timeline.
K.C. from Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-17 at 8:28 AM Pacific Time

This was very interesting and informative. A great dive into the subject.
A.F. from Valencia, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-16 at 10:50 PM Pacific Time

I think the lesson was very interesting. It’s fascinating to hear about all the different ways that hypnosis has been explored over the years and to learn about the people that studied it and used it. It’s also very helpful to see when it was discredited in the past, only to be still validated by ongoing useful application.
C.C. from Calabasas, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-16 at 3:30 PM Pacific Time

I found the lesson engaging and highly educational.
N.S. from Peshtigo, Wisconsin, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-16 at 3:26 PM Pacific Time

I so enjoyed the lesson, the lesson was very informative. I got a good understanding of some terms that are used today. I understand more about Freud and Erickson.
L.M. from Sumter, South Carolina, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-16 at 2:05 PM Pacific Time

Good history course regrading Hypnosis.
R.V. from Monterey Park, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-16 at 8:58 AM Pacific Time

Very informative, great insight on how hypnosis has been applied in ancient times and can be effortlessly applied in modern times for extreme healing to the mind, body, and spirit.
A.A. from Dallas, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-12 at 6:52 PM Pacific Time

Very informative and quite interesting.
A.B. from Newberg, Oregon, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-12 at 3:24 PM Pacific Time

Very informative history lesson. I enjoyed the speaker.
J.H. from Hacienda Hts, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-12 at 3:06 PM Pacific Time

It was informative - I knew almost none of that.
M.T. from Wethersfield, Connecticut, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-12 at 9:49 AM Pacific Time

Wonderfully done, thank you!
K.S. from Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-11 at 6:05 PM Pacific Time

Liked it very much. The history of hypnosis is interesting.
J.P. from Evanston, Illinois, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-11 at 11:44 AM Pacific Time

Very interesting. The production of this video is well done.
P.M. from Calabasas, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-11 at 11:28 AM Pacific Time

I thought it was very well organized. The names got a bit confusing because it was a lot of information at once.
M.E. from Portland, Oregon, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-11 at 9:37 AM Pacific Time

Yes I liked the history and how it started.
A.T. from Fort Myers, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-10 at 9:43 AM Pacific Time

I liked this lesson - very informative.
K.V. from Tarzana, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-10 at 9:47 AM Pacific Time

The history on hypnosis was very informative and I look forward to learning more!
V.R. from Charlotte, North Carolina, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-10 at 5:11 AM Pacific Time

Loved the storytelling approach combined with the visuals. Brought the subject and content closer. Most of it was easy to understand. I was however unfamiliar with a few terms and find the workbook helpful here. There was one question where the answer was 'confabulation' which I found a little difficult to answer as the video and the workbook seem to suggest that Bernheim was researching this (vs Liebeault AND Bernheim).
L.B. from Quentar, Granada, ES


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-09 at 9:26 PM Pacific Time

It was great. Fun to learn and I think I did well on the quiz.
T.B. from Coldspring, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-09 at 7:19 PM Pacific Time

I found the lesson fascinating and informative.
O.L. from Irvington, New Jersey, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-09 at 4:50 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed watching the video.
J.B. from Nevada City, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-08 at 12:30 PM Pacific Time

It was pretty good. Informative and entertaining. I would have liked more 20th Century hypnosis history.
B.M. from Edmonds, Washington, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-08 at 6:59 AM Pacific Time

Engaging, succinct, and very informative.
A.M. from Duluth, Georgia, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-07 at 4:32 PM Pacific Time

Loved this lesson! Very informative video on the history of hypnosis. Thank you!
C.D. from Alamo, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-06 at 6:27 PM Pacific Time

Fantastic and fascinating!
R.R. from Sanibel, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-06 at 1:16 PM Pacific Time

Informative and interesting.
D.G. from San Luis Obispo, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2023-01-06 at 12:55 PM Pacific Time

I found it to be very interesting and informative.
A.W. from Modesto, California, US