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[hypnose] information & syllabus
« on: February 10, 2019, 08:49:44 AM »
Hypnosis as taught by Mme. Bérénice Bonaccord

An exclusive class to Beauxbatons, Hypnosis is a lesson that is only open to students who are willing to work hard and are responsible enough to be mindful of the magic learnt here. Hypnosis is also known as 'mesmerising', though we continue to refer to it by its more common name. This class focuses on a multitude of charms - as such a decent standard of skill in Enchantement is not only suggested but required. Hypnosis affects the mind in ways that are extremely complex and is not for the fainthearted, the spells are dangerous and many will avoid the subject from fear of destroying their subject's mind. The charms learned here can influence decision making, implant and erase memory, and control the way in which the subject thinks and feels for a short period of time or a long one.

Students with musical abilities will have an advantage in certain areas of the course where instruments are involved, those who are naturally empathetic to the people around them will find it easier to slip into the state of mind of a hypnotist, and persons of a darker nature will generally be far less inclined to be a hypnotist -- or rather, they will like the sound of controlling minds but may find the subject too difficult. Light and grey wizards are far more common in the field of hypnotism. Wand magic is required in Hypnosis, so those who are unskilled with a wand will find the subject extremely difficult, and those who prefer not to touch or be touched will find the course just as hard.

About Bérénice

Bérénice was a substitute professor for the final few months of the last term, and has been made the permanent Hypnosis professor this year. She is a member of the well-known French pureblood family, Bonaccord, and it is rumoured that her familial connections have fast-tracked her to Head of Ombrelune House and Deputy Headmistress. Here are a few things your students may know about her:

She is a former Ombrelune and was a Mousquetaire in her time as a student. She has no children. Lived in Chatoeil until moving into the Palace this year. Was a Healer (specialising in Hypnotherapy) before coming to teach, and the Parisian wizarding hospital is named after her ancestor. She is very punctual and dislikes tardiness. She is firm but fair, and prefers to treat her students with respect - unless they do not do the same for her.


Tools: pendants, pendulums and musical instruments.
Induction: putting the subject into a hypnotic trance.
Suggestion: the techniques of controlling the mind.
Susceptibility: ensuring the patient is appropriate.
Uses: hypnotherapy vs. stage hypnosis.


Age regression - by returning to an earlier ego-state the patient can regain qualities they once had, but have lost. Remembering an earlier, healthier, ego-state can increase the patients' strength and confidence.

Revivification - remembering past experiences can contribute to therapy. For example; the hypnotist may ask "have you ever been in trance?" and then find it easier to revive the previous experience than attempt inducing a new state.

Guided imagery - a method by which the subject is given a new relaxing and beneficial experience.

Parts therapy - a method pioneered by Charles Tebbetts to identify conflicting parts that are damaging the well being of clients, then helps those parts negotiate with each other through the therapist to bring about a resolution.

Confusion - a method developed by Milton H. Erickson in which the subject is more likely to be receptive to indirect suggestion due to an altered state of confusion.

Repetition - the more an idea is repeated the more likely it is to be accepted and acted upon by the patient.

Direct suggestion - suggesting directly. "You feel safe and secure".

Indirect suggestion - using "interspersal" technique and other means to cause effect.

Mental state - people are more receptive while relaxed, sleeping, or in a trance.

Hypnoanalysis - the client recalls moments from his/her past, confronting them and releasing associated emotions, similar to psychoanalysis.

Post-hypnotic suggestion - a suggestion that will be carried out after the trance has ended. "When you re-awaken you will feel refreshed and happy!"

Visualisation - being told to imagine or visualise a desired outcome seems to make it more likely to actually occur.


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