The Portrayal of Hypnosis in the Media: An Analysis of Representation and Misconceptions
Hypnosis, a technique used to enter a state of heightened suggestibility, has captivated audiences and intrigued researchers for centuries. Despite its widespread use in clinical settings, hypnosis continues to be shrouded in misperceptions perpetuated by popular media. The over-the-top portrayal of hypnosis in movies and television shows often depicts it as a magical solution for all kinds of problems or as an incredibly malicious tool used by devious villains. But what does the science say about the true nature of hypnosis? In this article, we will analyze how the media portrays this widely-used therapeutic technique while unraveling some common misconceptions surrounding it that continue to shape public perception even today.