Although the word “hypnosis” was only coined in the 1800s, the use of verbal and non-verbal suggestion dates back much further than that. Many hypnotists claim that Egyptian sleep temples, for example, were early examples of hypnosis.

In this episode, Luke is joined by Daniel, a moderator on the /r/hypnosis community on Reddit, who has investigated these claims by reviewing original sources. Daniel is an amateur recreational hypnotist, which affords him a perspective that’s free from the commercialism and seriousness of professional hypnotherapy.

We discuss reasons why hypnotists are often considered disreputable today, different eras in the history of hypnosis, the origins of common misconceptions and much more.

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