A Brief Hystory of Hypnosis


The concept of Hypnosis is an interesting one that has run the gamut between religious and spiritual experiences, occult power, healing, and even magic for some. However, the history of Hypnosis as we are aware of it today can be traced back to the Enlightenment period during the 18th century. It was at this time that hypnosis moved from the area of spiritual or occult practices into a more scientific process.


The most well known practitioner of Hypnosis is Franz Anton Mesmer, who treated the process like a form of magic that transferred from one person to another. However, his methods quickly led to disfavor and ridicule, at least until James Braid and other researchers of the 19th century came along. At this time, hypnosis began to receive more interest and credit as a viable technique that had the potential to help others.


The first doctors and surgeons to utilize this unorthodox method took a huge risk of ruining their reputations, but were determined to prove the efficacy of the process. The combined efforts of various researchers, physicians, and others quickly paved the way for Hypnosis to move into mainstream medicine, where many began to accept that it had a valid place as a clinical therapy.


Today, Clinical Hypnotherapy is often used to get to the bottom of psychological issues, especially for those who are unable to remember troubling or painful times in their pasts. Additionally, Hypnosis is quickly becoming a solution for those who need help to curve sugar cravings, lose weight, and rid phobias, (just to name a few).


The interesting thing about Hypnosis is that there are those who truly believe in its power and those who remain skeptical; however ongoing research is quickly uncovering plenty of evidence to support the benefits of Hypnosis, eating away at the number of skeptics, and providing a better understanding of the power and potential that it can offer.



An extended history of hypnosis from HistoryOfHypnosis.org -



Franz Anton Mesmer Biography -





  1. Anissa on November 1, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Is there a way to follow your blog? Excited to learn more!

    • Joel on November 1, 2018 at 10:37 AM

      Hello Anissa! There is no way to follow the blog at the moment, but we will work on making that an option. Thank you for the feedback 🙂

  2. Adam on November 1, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    I listened to the Joe Rogan podcast where he talks about hypnosis, then found your products and website. Do you have an app???

    • Joel on November 1, 2018 at 12:45 PM

      Hi Adam! If it was the podcast I think you’re referring to – it was great to hear Joe Rogan have such great things to say about hypnosis. As far as an app, Yes! I have a new app that just got released and is available in the App Store and well as Google Play. It’s called, Motivational Life. It’s is a subscription model and currently the monthly membership comes with a 7 day free trial. Please let me or my team know anytime you have questions moving forward. Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂

      • Adam on November 1, 2018 at 1:30 AM

        Just downloaded the app.. looking forward to start using it for sleep!

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