You will prepare and submit a term paper on Hypnosis in Police. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length.
Hypnosis is a very mysterious condition of the human mind and for most scientists, it is still not trustworthy concerning its practical medical application. This phenomenon is characterized by a specific mental functioning that opens wide opportunities for a third person to re-establish some settings of a person’s unconscious mind. Hence, it may be used in order to retrieve some forgotten memories, as it relaxes a person and takes the mind blocks off. moreover, it might be used in order to force someone to obey and do whatever a hypnotizer tells the person to do.
Concerning the work of police, hypnosis can be applied on witnesses of crimes in order to help them to retrieve the memories of the events that often get suppressed into unconscious and people can’t remember them because of being shocked (Perfect et.al. 2008). Moreover, hypnosis might be used on criminals in order to get their confessions in crimes. and probably there would be no problem with liability of the information told by them under hypnotic influence because obviously criminals wouldn’t lie about themselves making crimes unless they have actually committed them (Vallance 1982).
As far as the hypnotic condition hasn’t been fully explored and explained, it is a kind of paradox. It cannot be called a sleeping condition, although it looks like sleep, a person is partially awake and is able to respond and react. but still, it is also not a waking state. Scientific researches revealed that hypnosis looks like being on the edge between the state of awareness and the unconscious state of mind (Kinnell 1979). According to Erickson, Rossi, and Rossi (1976) hypnosis is “the process of evoking and utilizing a person’s own mental processes in ways that are outside his usual range of intentional or volitional control” (Winsor 1993).
Most arguments against hypnosis are engaged with its efficiency. although multiple studies have revealed that hypnosis indeed is enormously effective because it deals with the most fundamental level of the human psyche. It works with the human unconscious mind and is able to either update the part of the human psyche with some information in order to make a hypnotized person think the way the hypnotizer tells one to think or hypnosis might help a hypnotizer to retrieve any private memories from a person’s unconscious.