Something’s bothered me most of my life.
There seems to be pervasive logophobia surrounding the word “hypnosis”.
I first noticed this in my preteens, while I was browsing relaxation tapes (yes, audio cassettes – kids, ask your parents) at the local bookstore. It suddenly struck me: “guided visualization” or “guided relaxation” are code phrases for “we’ve made a hypnosis tape, but we’re afraid no one will buy it if we call it that”. Read the rest of this entry