The practice of inducing a state of hypersuggestibility in which susceptible persons may be led to accept and act uncritically upon suggestions given by others who thus in a measure control them. A trance state is characteristic of some levels of hypnosis but may or may not be obvious. The kinds of procedures that are now generally classified under the name hypnotism were known in the nineteenth century by a number of nebulous terms such as mesmerism, Braidism, mind cure, and animal magnetism. The leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have from the first rejected the use of hypnotism, considering it unethical and vulnerable to influence by unseen sinister forces. Ellen White recognized hypnotism as a science that “may appear . . . very valuable,” through which “temporary relief...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.