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How did the spiral become associated with hypnosis?

February 2, 2011 by relax  
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Question by Pat R: How did the spiral become associated with hypnosis?
Just curious as to how the spiral (i.e. hypno-disc, spiraling eyes) become associated with hypnosis.

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Answer by Kayt
it naturally plays tricks on our eyes, and if we look long enough, the cymetrical moving shape will get to us and cause us to see it, or things because of it.

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One Response to “How did the spiral become associated with hypnosis?”
  1. barry says:

    The early Mesmerists (after Mesmer, who popularised it, and it used to be termed: Mesmerism) used things like fob watches on chains, moving them in a pendulum motion.

    Later, hypnotists used a machine with a rotating spiral disc ( I was instructed to then focus on a picture of a girl with big eyes, and see how her eyes were growing larger and larger …). It was probably adopted as being a more efficient means of hypnotic induction.

    Basically, this gives the conscious mind something to occupy it, while the hypnotist is bypassing it, and working on implanting suggestions in the subconscious. Today, there are different induction methods, but hypnospirals are still used. Google: “free hypnospirals”

    I have a weblink that I believe may well provide further help re hypnosis, but if I include it here, this answer may be removed by Y!A for promoting a personal website with no direct relevance to the actual question asked, so email me if interested.

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