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No: Myths & Misconceptions.

18 Myths About Hypnosis

Myth #12:

Hypnosis is catalepsy and a person cannot move when in that state.



According to the medical section of, catalepsy is "a condition of diminished responsiveness usually characterized by a trancelike state and constantly maintained immobility". It can occur in or out of trance and is not hypnosis in and of itself.


The apparently “catatonic” state known as the hypnotic coma is not an unconscious or cataleptic state, but is such a state of profound relaxation that the person does not want to move, think or speak. However, he is fully conscious and can terminate that state anytime he would want to. In a medium or deep hypnotic state catalepsy is common and is generally perceieved as a very pleasant state. 

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