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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
2022-11-20 at 2:01 PM Pacific Time

I liked the lesson very much! Hypnosis has such a long history and a strong connection with medicine, but also has it's past trials and tribulations. Very informative lesson and very easy to listen to the video and follow along with the workbook.
S.H. from Fenton, Michigan, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-19 at 8:36 AM Pacific Time

I greatly enjoyed the depth of the knowledge presented in this lesson as well as the ease with which the information was provided. Additionally, I enjoy the fact that the workbook went so seamlessly with the information provided and then at any time I could pause or rewatch different parts of the presentation as necessary.
S.T. from Frederica, Delaware, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-18 at 10:51 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed this lesson and the way it was presented. I like the visual effects combined with the written history for a sensory experience. I also like the man reading the story adding another layer of depth to the experience. I found the short quizzes helpful and the ability to go back and reread from the book enforces the lessons. Thank you.
K.S. from Palm Springs, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-18 at 5:08 PM Pacific Time

It was very informative.
M.A. from Henderson, Nevada, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-18 at 12:47 PM Pacific Time

Interesting. I liked the self study questions throughout the video to help stay focused on main ideas.
W.S. from White Lake, Michigan, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-18 at 11:01 AM Pacific Time

I like the lesson a lot and really enjoy the workbook. I've saved the workbook to my Dropbox and will get a lot of benefits by having it readily handy when I want a quick review.
D.A. from New Fairfield, Connecticut, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-17 at 8:44 AM Pacific Time

Very informative. I liked the historical narrative.
D.A. from Miami, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-16 at 1:56 AM Pacific Time

It was very informative and user-friendly. This style of teaching is encouraging and promotes success with self.
L.F. from Rialto, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-15 at 11:56 PM Pacific Time

It was fascinating to learn about the history of hypnosis. It's amazing to see where we started and how far we've come. It made me look forward to learning more about the old methods as well as the new ones in practice today.
M.S. from Tarzana, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-14 at 8:56 PM Pacific Time

It was a good video and good quiz.
C.P. from Middletown, New York, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-13 at 12:29 PM Pacific Time

Great succinct history of the topic.
T.M. from San Clemente, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-12 at 12:00 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed it very much and found it fascinating. Thank you for this.
C.V. from Loveland, Ohio, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-09 at 9:46 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed it. I wrote out a 1,200 word pre-talk for an elementary hypnosis class by Steven Jones, and I still learned some interesting things. Thank you.
V.R. from Newark, Ohio, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-09 at 4:17 PM Pacific Time

The lesson was quite well. I liked it.
S.S. from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-09 at 11:48 AM Pacific Time

Made it very simple to complete.
C.B. from Ontario, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-09 at 9:46 AM Pacific Time

Very clear. I learned a lot through the History of Hypnosis.
M.D. from Cutler Bay, Florida, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-08 at 11:22 AM Pacific Time

Very informative lessons. Thank you.
N.W. from Clifton Park, New York, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-08 at 8:36 AM Pacific Time

The video was well done and I thought the information was thorough and informative.
C.S. from Holualoa, Hawaii, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-06 at 12:13 PM Pacific Time

Very interesting to see how hypnosis has evolved through history.
A.B. from Charlotte, North Carolina, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-05 at 5:46 PM Pacific Time

I felt it was very informative.
C.C. from Lake Wylie, South Carolina, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-04 at 5:43 PM Pacific Time

I liked it very much. It is very good introduction of hypnosis history.
K.C. from Redwood City, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-10 at 2:11 PM Pacific Time

It was informative. Exciting.
J.M. from Richmond, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-02 at 10:35 PM Pacific Time

Fascinating lesson. Loved discovering the history of hypnosis, the various forms, and how it adapted to the hypnotherapy we know today.
C.M. from Reno, Nevada, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-02 at 7:44 PM Pacific Time

Well developed, interesting subject, liked the tests.
S.J. from Vancouver, BC, CA


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-01 at 10:37 PM Pacific Time

Very informative and I have learned a lot of facts in this history class.
Y.A. from Jersey City, New Jersey, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-01 at 8:33 PM Pacific Time

I found this lesson on the history very interesting.
K.P. from Enterprise, Alabama, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-01 at 1:03 PM Pacific Time

Loved it! Learned quite a bit.
C.W. from Phoenix, Arizona, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-01 at 3:52 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed the feedback, it gave me a deep understanding of hypnotherapy.
A.H. from New York, New York, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-01 at 4:43 PM Pacific Time

The test was good. The techniques are intriguing. Hopefully I can apply now.
M.J. from Fort Lupton, Colorado, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-01 at 7:31 AM Pacific Time

Not too bad, very interesting.
H.R. from Fort Worth, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-31 at 7:10 PM Pacific Time

Super interesting! I learned a lot about the history and conception of hypnosis.
W.R. from Wetumpka, Alabama, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-31 at 8:56 AM Pacific Time

I learned the history of hypnotism and enjoyed this video. It was very clear and easy to understand. I have heard some of the these theories and am familiar with inky Freud and agree also with his Psychoanalysis work as well. I am a psychiatric nurse and am understanding why hypnosis is essential in the treatment of mental health such as hysteria.
P.L. from El Segundo, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-11-04 at 4:49 PM Pacific Time

Thank you! I want to help others through hypnosis.
Y.S. from St Louis Park, Minnesota, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-30 at 12:04 PM Pacific Time

Thank you! I enjoyed the course immensely.
K.T. from Los Angeles, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-30 at 10:18 AM Pacific Time

The lesson was very interesting.
J.Z. from Calabasas, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-29 at 2:59 PM Pacific Time

It was very informative. I enjoyed learning about hypnosis being used with WWII soldiers.
T.B. from Petaluma, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-29 at 10:34 AM Pacific Time

Very good and very informative.
C.M. from Spring Branch, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-29 at 12:26 AM Pacific Time

I really enjoyed the free information here and want to learn more.
D.H. from Novato, California, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-28 at 12:19 PM Pacific Time

It offered me the chance to see how much information I retained.
I.G. from Houston, Texas, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-28 at 12:13 PM Pacific Time

Very interesting history, brief.
N.K. from Brooklyn, New York, US


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

The lessons had lots of interesting information and I learned a lot.
E.C. from Chester, New Jersey, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-28 at 12:08 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed learning about historical applications and the modern day practice of original methods.
B.G. from Springville, Utah, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-27 at 6:25 PM Pacific Time

The idea of the HMI managers to collect historical facts about hypnosis and, moreover, to offer it free to anyone who is interested in it, is very wise and very commendable. For me personally, the knowledge of how hypnosis has evolved over time (from a mystical gift that only the lucky few can use to a science that anyone can master) has further strengthened my belief that hypnosis is a scientific tool that will strengthen the arsenal of health workers who can, responsibly, use it to help those who need it, of course, always taking into consideration the right indications for its use.
S.L. from Dili, TL


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-27 at 6:21 PM Pacific Time

The lesson was great. I learned so many interesting and beneficial facts about hypnosis that I did not know.
I.P. from Trumbull, Connecticut, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-26 at 8:47 PM Pacific Time

Very interesting, I'm excited to embark on this journey, and receive my certification and degree in this field of study, I can't wait, to put it mildly!
K.S. from Georgetown, Delaware, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-26 at 8:49 PM Pacific Time

It's was really interesting and exciting. I was really focused on it and am glad am studying something I will learn.
A.M. from Georgetown, Delaware, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-27 at 10:23 AM Pacific Time

I enjoyed it a lot. It was a good overview. I would be interested in going more in-depth into the history.
R.S. from Richmond, Virginia, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-26 at 4:46 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed learning about the history of hypnotherapy. Now I am even more excited to begin.
K.B. from Blythewood, South Carolina, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-26 at 2:40 PM Pacific Time

It was very informative! I really enjoyed reading about the history!
C.H. from Maricopa, Arizona, US


Hypnosis in History
2022-10-26 at 12:13 PM Pacific Time

I enjoyed this course! I liked how the video used pictures to show a visual of the topic being discussed.
M.C. from Camarillo, California, US