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If you have ever zoned out while driving down the road or reading a book, chances are you have hypnotized yourself.

“Being hypnotized is not dreaming.  It is not sleeping.  It is being very relaxed,” said Dr. Eric Scott ’94 from Indianapolis, Indiana. The clinical psychologist addressed students on the myths and realities of hypnotherapy on December 8 in the Jennie Huizenga Memorial Library.

“There are many valuable applications to hypnotherapy,” Scott said. “It is used for pain management, the control of anxiety, and habit disorders.”

Scott does not consider himself a hypnotist, but rather a clinical psychologist who uses hypnosis as a part of therapy. He says some patients take suggestion better than others.

“Age has an effect. Adults have psychological defenses that can prevent hypnosis. Kids fantasize more easily and fall under hypnosis more quickly.”

Scott spoke on campus at the invitation of the Trinity Psychology Club. In addition to his private practice, Scott serves on the faculty of the medical school at Indiana University in Indianapolis and works in the pediatric unit of the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

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