Lab Healing in Hypnosis (Tape A)

Now the topic I want to talk about concerns a hypnosis in general and a certain general remarks that I want to make first of all. A long time ago in medical history there was a man named Jenner, who observed certain things. And he discovered that its a [?] got cowpox, that she was vaccinated against a smallpox. And Jenner promulgated that horrible idea of impurifying human blood by contaminating it with cowpax.

And if you go through some of the papers written on the subject of vaccination, long ago the papers written, you will discover that if that ideas are of vaccination in practice[?], otherwise nice young men and women will develop hoose and hornes and hornes and will bellow like cattle.

That’s one of the scientific discoveries of medicine by some of the opponents of this rash developments. And then you know, in the days of, the early days of transfusion, there were scientific papers written against transfusion. Because it was propounded by various learned people that if you were not careful, if you did not really understand, that if you transfuse female blood into a man… well, let’s take it the other way. If you get masculine blood to a female she… Well, let’s go back to the first way.

So I think you beginning get the idea that young man would grow brest, it was never really pulled that a girl could get pregnant from masculine blood. But there were some hints that girl could develop beard and her voices would deepen and all that sort of nonsense. But those papers were written up with absolute belief by the writers in their scientific belivity[?]. And one can credit the integrity of the writer of the paper, but one wonders about his scientific knowledge of that time. And one of the most delightful things I ever read was a series of papers by a Massachusets’ physician. It was to the effect that if anybody, just anybody was foolish enough to ride on that new [?] con[crap? struc?]tion called the railroad, and it exceeded the speed of, the horrible speed of 15 miles an hour, it would result in [?] of the person who faced into that horrible wind, and he advocated that the railroad be compelled put up shelters over their seats, and have all the seats face backward to prevent [?] of people. Now I read a whole series of papers but that physician. I wonder where he was when the wind blew in Massachusets. He didn’t add that as a foot[?], but I was curious about that.

And then not [?] long ago there were any number of people, intelligent, competent, capable people, who gladly explained to Henry Ford that the horse was here to stay, and a man was so stupid he wouldn’t listen to them. He just wouldn’t listen, but the horse was here to stay. And there was a lot of comment on that. And then you know the Wright brothers really should have had their heads examined, because they thought a machine heavier than air could not fly, and there were innumerable mathematical formulae devised full conclusively that machines heavier than air could not fly.

And then of course on heart surgery was first developed. And then quite some time ago there was a rather undesirable person in Wiskonsin, he advocated the setting up of private clinics for the treatment of the neural disease. And he was as promptly[?] kicked out of medical societies, for the simple reason, that if you set up private clinics for the treatment of the neural disease, that you will promote the spread of the neural disease, and nobody would go into such a clinic except for purposes of purely private gain.

And in 1929 I think it was, attorney general Parran[*], dared to given an interview to the newspapers in which he mentioned two names of the neural disease. And there was much to do about it, and much condemnation of those surgeon general Parran[*] for daring to give those words to the newspaper, and subjection the eyes of the innocent young readers to such words. And yet the result of it was a decrease tremendously in the instance of [?] of the brain in mental hospitals. But surgeon general Parran was wrongly condemned, and condemnation from West Coast to the East Coast, in the churches, in the medical societies, everywhere.

And the man who advocated private clinics was kicked out Wiskonsin medical societies, the state medical society, he was denied membership in the American Medical Association, he was admitted in 1956 to unwary membership in the AMA. But by that time he just didn’t care. When psychoanalysis was first introduced to the United States, there were only two courses opened, for the Analyst, and the Analysand. The analysand would become promiscular[?], so there’s no doubt at all about that. And the analyst he himself would winded from the state hospital. Because that what psychoanalysis did to people. And I listen to the great deal of critisism of psychoanalisis in the 10th, and in the 20th. And I can remember the president of the American neurological association, who’s pride boast was that he had never been west to the Hudson river. And he had lots and lots to say in denounciation of psychoanalysis.

Then not too very long ago I read some very very looned articles to the effect that super-sonic speed would result in a molecular disintegration of the plane and of the pilot. And I thought that would be a fascinating expierence for any pilot and for any plane. And I wonder what it would happen and I wondered how the writer of that paper really knew. And now I’ve mentioned all of these things because the course of human understanding, a course of medical science has been marked by that sort of things. And now shall we pose a [?] in honour of [?].

But now what I would like to say concerns the matter of inter-personal communication, which constitues what hypnosis is, and I’d like to impress upon on you that these matter of human inter-communication is the most important thing and I’m going to give you a case history. I was waiting in a Midway Airport in Chicago and a young mother I judged about 28 and her [?] two-year-old came in and set down on the bench there, a long bench, and a little two year old a little bit [?]. Mother was tired and she had a newspaper, she spread it, and was reading it. And a two-year-old got up, walked the length[?] to the bench. Having nothing else to do except to wait for my plane, I watched that two year old. And the two year old when he reached the end of the bench, looked at that toy carter[?] over there. Firmly looked at mother, she was reading, looked at the toy carter[?]. Looked and looked, then looked very[?] the full of thought reflection. Went back beside mother and jumped up and down. Mother said, ‘Be quiet’. So the child got down on the floor, started running around. Mother hold the child back to the bench, and said ‘Sit still’. The child got up, raced up and down, looked at the toy carter[?], look at mother, raced up and down. Mother said ‘Stop it, sit down, lie down, go to sleep, rest, quit annoying me!’. You know, mothers sometimes do that. The child would obediently lie down but spring up almost instantly, got down to see if that toy was still there, looked at mother, and then start racing.

[?] mother said ‘If you want some exercise, I’ll give it to you’. So the child got [mothered] by the hand, walk the mother clear around on that side, clear round. And just by accident they stopped at the toy carter[?]. And mother looked and said ‘Maybe here something that’ll make you behave’.

I think that was one of the most beautiful exapmles of indirect hypnotic teckniques I have ever witnessed. Now who taughted that child that sort of thing? How did the child know? The child is a rather pirmitive thing, it’s rather directiveness thinking, it’s rather responsive to the thing that [a don’t do to it]. And so that child would’ve all the wisdom of its infancy, uncomlicated by all the false learning that society and convention force [upon her]. That child reacted to its understanding ‘I want that toy. Mother often says no. Maybe the best thing to do is to annoy mother. And give a chance to quite me down.’ I don’t think the child thought very clearly, but I watched entire thing wondering just exactly how that child was going to get the toy. I thought, but then I’m an adult, that the child would take mother and lead her right over, but the child a lot brighter than I was. It knew the right technique.

And now, all of you think that when you work with hypnosis, that you need to divise and work with eh hypnosis as a means of communicating this or that idea to the patient. I think you ought to recognize that the unconsious to the human being is a rather comrehending thing. That there is a whole biological history of a separation of the unconscious mind, which is the convenient concept, because it describes the certain type of behavior, that the whole biological history of the human race eh discloses that there is a great deal of human beahvior that never comes to conscious awareness. And that it is employed extensively to govern people. I don’t think that little two-year-old had every figured out in conscious terms how to manage mother. Eh but that child certainly did know how to manage mother. I think that all this ought to recognize eh that there are tremendous number of things that first we learn and then we forget about it consciously. So that we can do them adequately and well. Eh these of you who heard me mention this earlier eh will forgive my repetition.

Of the person who learns to drive a car. Now let’s see. You put this foot to… right foot on the [clutch] eh… you put your right foot on the acceler… you… holy… steering wheel this way, you better have the right and little bit lower in the left hand or is this the other way around, and now you start the car. And you go through a laborious conscious procedure analyzing your behaviour. [16:09]

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