New successful production of Netflix, a movie ‘Hypnotic‘ is making people talk and causing a lot of curiosity about the practice of Clinical Hypnosis. It is important to remember that great names in Psychology and Psychotherapy have submitted to its practice, either for their own consumption as well as to develop their skills and collaborate in the therapeutic process of their patients. Among them, names like Freud, Jung, Erickson, Drouot, Wambach, Woolger, Assagioli, Wilber, among so many others.
However, all hypnosis starts from self-hypnosis, so it is necessary that the person wishes to be hypnotized, According to the psychologist, neuropsychologist, master in psychoanalysis and doctoral student in neuroscience at Logos University International, Leninha Wagner, “if your patient does not want it, in addition to being unethical, you will effectively not succeed”. In addition, in the film Hypnotic, for example, there is “poetic license”, like any work of fiction. “Real facts are used as a guide to a parallel reality”, he adds.
According to the neuropsychologist, “clinical hypnosis uses brain wave theory, and there is still a lot to discover. But we already know that hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, a way of feeling yourself and another way of seeing and understanding others and the world. It is an ancient therapeutic approach, which causes physical and psychological changes, in behavior and in the capacity of perception”.
Leninha highlights what the practical use of hypnosis includes: “Desire to quit smoking, pain control, palliative care, eating disorders, sleep disorders, among others. It is a safe practice and has many benefits. But that has no similarity with the movie mentioned, in the sense of controlling the mind to the point where the person loses control of himself, executing through ‘mental triggers’, orders that will be blindly obeyed, this is definitely a myth”. For the neuropsychologist, “production, as a leisure activity is highly recommended, but it should not be taken for granted, just as a recreational source”.
Complementing this opinion, the PhD, neuroscientist, master in psychoanalysis with backgrounds in neuropsychology and psychology, Dr. Fabiano de Abreu, believes that the film is not in accordance with reality. “We are in control of ourselves, depending on the capacity for this control. Our prefrontal cortex, which is the decision-making region, orchestrates this control depending on the limbic system, where the individual’s emotions and personality are managed. These are nuances that determine the ability to control the mind itself. Even so, there is no individual who is so affected that he cannot achieve this self-control. In fact, some characteristics are ‘impossible’ to be hypnotized.”
Fabiano he also recalls that “control of the mind itself is in the ability to manage emotions, through emotional intelligence, and this depends on connections between the frontal and temporal areas of the brain. Countless factors interfere, among them, the genetic prior intelligence”.
“Not all people have insight into the reality of what is shown in the film, because most are not knowledgeable in hypnosis, which is normal, since it is a complex system that is learned in psychoanalysis. This can lead to a wrong belief about hypnosis, as well as the image of professionals. I’m not against fiction films, I think they’re wonderful because it raises the imagination. But there must be a message saying that this is not real”, adds the neuroscientist.
The movie stars Kate Siegel (‘The Curse of the Hill Residence’ and ‘Midnight Mass).
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In the plot, a young woman seeking personal improvement enlists the help of a renewed hypnotist, but after a few intense sessions she soon discovers unexpected and deadly consequences.
Jason O’Mara e Dulé Hill also star in the production.
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