Hypnosis in the Management of Stress Reactions

  • Melvin A. Gravitz
  • Roger A. Page


The modality known in modern times as hypnosis has been a useful and recognized remedial method for more than 200 years. Originally conceptualized by Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815) as a physical fluid (animal magnetism) that could be transferred from one person to another, that theory has since been discredited; but even today, the fundamental principles and mechanisms underlying hypnosis have not yet been definitively established. Even so, there are useful applications of hypnosis in numerous areas, including stress management.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melvin A. Gravitz
    • 1
  • Roger A. Page
    • 2
  1. 1.George Washington University Medical CenterWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Ohio State University at LimaLimaUSA

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