People have been using hypnosis, or something very much like it, for thousands of years. Franz Anton Mesmer is credited with bringing it to public attention for medicinal purposes in the 1700s, but his charisma and showmanship threw the technique into disrepute for later generations. In the past several decades, practitioners have rediscovered the power of hypnosis and another practice that sounds even stranger: tapping. Could they help you?

Guest: Roberta Temes, PhD, is on the faculty at Downstate Medical School and also Union County College in New Jersey. She is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hypnosis and The Tapping Cure; A Revolutionary System for Rapid Relief from Phobias, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and More. Her web site is

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  1. Ann Norcross

    Dear Joe and Terry: I was surprised to hear you say this morning that you had never heard of tapping. It is more correctly known as EFT, and has to do with energy balancing (not, as your caller said, finding the areas that are “storing the trauma”). Its theory is closely related to acupuncture or acupressure. Please check out this Web site (with which I have NO affiliation) for history, details, training, and links to local practitioners: .

  2. Judy Lipton

    In 1976 at the age of 37, after having gained and lost thousands of pounds (no more than 50 lbs. overweight) as a result of binge eating and intermittent dieting, I joined Overeaters Anonymous. I had tried everything except hypnosis for which I had an innate distrust. During my first 3 1/2 yers in OA I experienced considerable alleviation of my binge eating but on three different occasions I lapsed into periods of binge eating. During the last relapse, my binges were of greater severity than ever, and I made a decision that I would seek hypnosis treatment from a prominent psychiatrist I had heard of. I made an appointment that morning and noticed later in the day I hadn’t binged at all that day. I didn’t binge at all the next day and decided that if I could go one more day without binging I would cancel my hypnosis appointment which did come to pass. I haven’t binged since October 27th 1979. I have been able to integrate all the recovery principles I had acquired in Overeaters Anonymous to maintain a balanced nutritious way of eating and an average normal weight for all these years. I believe that the primary healing factor in my decision to seek hypnosis as treatment was SURRENDER which is the first step of all twelve step programs for addictive behavior.

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