Hidden Depths : The Story of Hypnosis [NOOK Book]

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With wit and verve Robin Waterfield brings the bizarre story of hypnotism to life. A lively mixture of popular history, science and psychology, Hidden Depths is the definitive work on hypnosis. From its origins as animal magnetism, as practised by Franz Anton Mesmer, to its modern day use as a health cure and a form of entertainment, hypnosis encompasses many different facets of humanity. Always controversial, the outlandish claims that its zealous believers make are only matched in intensity by the howls of ...

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Hidden Depths : The Story of Hypnosis

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Overview

With wit and verve Robin Waterfield brings the bizarre story of hypnotism to life. A lively mixture of popular history, science and psychology, Hidden Depths is the definitive work on hypnosis. From its origins as animal magnetism, as practised by Franz Anton Mesmer, to its modern day use as a health cure and a form of entertainment, hypnosis encompasses many different facets of humanity. Always controversial, the outlandish claims that its zealous believers make are only matched in intensity by the howls of derision that they provoke from sceptics. Hypnotism exists on the periphery of the scientific community, much as it has since its inception, and Robin Waterfield approaches the issues with an open mind, carefully stripping the fact from the fancy and the truth from the myth. Vividly written, compellingly readable, this is a fascinating insight into one of the more esoteric branches of science.

Hidden Depths is a highly readable, wide-ranging and informative account of a fascinating topic’ Observer

'Fascinating' Daily Telegraph

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781447206903
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,251,172
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robin Waterfield is the author of over twenty-five books, ranging from children’s fiction to biography and translations of ancient Greek texts. Hidden Depths is the product of a lifelong interest in human potential and psychology. At present he is Writer in Residence at the University of Sussex.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
1 Hypnosis in Fact and Fiction 1
2 In the Beginning 42
3 Franz Anton Mesmer 64
4 Magnetic Sleep and Victor's Sister 105
5 Crusaders and Prophets in the United States 132
6 'Mesmeric Mania' in the United Kingdom 157
7 Murder, Rape and Debate in the Late Nineteenth Century 211
8 Psychic Powers and Recovered Memories 239
9 Freud and Other Alienists 279
10 State or No State: The Modern Controversy 304
11 Hypnotherapy: Mind and Body 330
12 Mind Control 361
13 Self-improvement and the New Age 391
14 A Plea 417
App In Mesmer's Footsteps 423
References 426
Bibliography 432
Index of Names 452
Index of Subjects 459
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