Posted by: curious | 2009-03-12


Just a random question (Sorry CS)

Would hypnotherapy help you remember something that may have happened while you where under the influence? This is now when you have memory lapse and can’ t remember what happened. Will hypnotherapy help?

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Absolutely NOT. IF something happened to you while you were drunk or under the influence of some drug, what has almost crtainly happened is that these events were not entered into your memory at all --- and then neither hypnosis nor any other method can recover them. It's be like trying to hypnotize a computer to get it to reveal the contents of a letter you actually never typed on it. You cannot recover, by any method, what was not recorded.
But there is a much higher risk with using hypnosis --- because it renders you highly suggestible, it becomes really likely that you would "recover" "memories", not of what actuall did or did not happen, but of what you may imagine or expect happened, or even worse, what the hypnotist thinks would have happened --- it is absolutely clear that you can "recover" false memories which feel real and convincing but which are acually untrue. This is why no competent court on earth listens to testimony gained by hypnosis --- even when under the best of circumstances ( which the case you ask about is NOT ) the best that might be obtained might include some truth, with much falsehood, distortions and sheer fiction, with no way of knowing which is which. Some "memories" obtained are totally false, and ALL are unreliable. Which is not useful.
Any hypnotist who told you otherwise would be lying or ignorant

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Posted by: Liza | 2009-03-12

Very interesting question. If it does help there might be many date-raped girls out there with new hope...

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