Psychiatry: Head-to-Toe Hypnosis

The words sounded for all the world like the stage directions for an old-fashioned vaudeville demonstration of hypnosis: "You are going to relax, and the feeling of relaxation will start in your scalp. When you feel this, one of your fingers will feel like lifting. That will be your 'Yes' finger. Then your eyes will feel relaxed, your mouth and lips will feel soft, and your 'Yes' finger will lift." The speaker works downward in a sort of hyp tease, through jaw, neck and shoulders, arms, chest, and abdomen, thighs, legs and feet....

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