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Hypnosis

James T. Kirk under hypnosis.

Hypnosis was a psychological technique. It produced a trance-like state in which one was relaxed and more susceptible to suggestion. One who hypnotizes was called a hypnotist.

Specifics Edit

Hypnosis relaxed a person's inhibitions and was a delicate process. (TOS - Mudd's Angels short story: "The Business, As Usual, During Altercations")

Alpha hypnosis would not force someone to break their own morals, but could alter their perception or understanding of an event. (TOS novel: The Prometheus Design)

It is a popular method of restoring repressed memories. (VOY novel: Cybersong, TLE novel: Deny Thy Father)

It could be used to verify the truth of reported statements. (TNG - A Time to... novel: A Time to Die)

Injured Vulcans could initiate a type of self-hypnosis to focus their efforts on physical repair. (TOS episode & Star Trek 10 novelization: A Private Little War)

Human self-hypnosis is possible. (TOS novel: Planet of Judgment)

HistoryEdit

TherapeuticEdit

In the 20th century, hypnosis was used to examine people reporting to have been abducted by extraterrestrials. (TOS novel: The Prometheus Design)

In 2270, Leonard McCoy performed hypnosis on Pavel Chekov as a means to help him imagine being Harry Mudd, to help track down Mudd's Superstella. McCoy was uneasy tampering with the officer's inhibitions, but Chekov said he trusted the doctor not to harm him. It worked – Chekov suggested the planet Sarai, and Mudd was located in that sector. (TOS - Mudd's Angels short story: "The Business, As Usual, During Altercations")

In February 2274, Captain Morgan Avery suspected that the armed mobilization of Husians on Hus-24 against Starfleet was a result of hypnotism by their spiritual leader, Edrem. (TOS comic: "Husian Gambit")

In 2285, hypnosis by Dr. Krista Sivertsen was unable to reveal to James T. Kirk why he thought he was a participant in the events recounted in the novel Strangers from the Sky. (TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky)

In the 2340s and 2350s, Starfleet Academy's Priam IV test was required for graduation. It involved hypnotizing cadets into believing a scenario was real. (TNG novel: Survivors)

In 2364, Deanna Troi hypnotized Beverly Crusher and Worf to restore lost memories. (TNG episode: "Lonely Among Us")

In 2366, Geordi LaForge recreated three mythological Sirens on the holodeck to hear their hypnotic song. (TNG comic: "I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing")

In 2369, Benjamin Sisko initially thought his orb experience was a form of hypnosis. (DS9 novelization: Emissary)

In 2375, Beverly Crusher used hypnotism to treat Colin Blakeney's temporal shock. Hypnosis allowed Blakeney to accept Data, Deanna Troi and Crusher as participants in holodeck simulations of his past, in order to help him reintegrate his memories. (TNG comic: "Forgiveness")

In 2376, The Doctor was susceptible to hypnosis. (VOY episode: "Spirit Folk")

WeaponizedEdit

While he was in stasis, 20th century Doctor Alfred Bleikoff was surgically altered: his brain was replaced with an electronic brain capable of generating a mass hypnotic effect. In 2266, after he was revived and returned to Earth, Bleikoff used the technique to try to remove the Earth defense screen, likely in order to facilitate an invasion. (TOS comic: "Prophet of Peace")

In 2266, the M-113 creature hypnotized its prey before striking. (TOS episode: "The Man Trap", TOS - Star Trek 1 novelization: The Unreal McCoy)

Spock and Leonard McCoy attempted unsuccessfully to hypnotize the crew of a threatening Vinithi ship by modifying a sonic hypnosis-inducer to affect their physiology. (TOS novel: The Three-Minute Universe)

In 2267, Kor thought that the Organian phenomena of weapons radiating at high temperatures was an affect of hypnosis. In 2269, Spock theorized that Organians were expert hypnotists, and what they'd perceived on Organia was a result of hypnotism rather than reality. (TOS - Star Trek 2 novelization: Errand of Mercy, TOS novel: Spock Must Die!)

In the 2260s, after being knocked out by small drones, James T. Kirk awoke apparently hypnotized. He walked into a cave and climbed into a stasis chamber as if he were in a trance. (TOS comic: "Rescue at Raylo")

In 2267, a hypnotic Siren song was heard by James T. Kirk. He lashed himself to the mast of a Homeric ship the way Ulysses did thousands of years ago, in order to hear the song without obeying its hypnotic message to commit suicide. (TOS comic: "What Fools These Mortals Be..")

Klingon Professor Karkax used a mechano-hypnotiser to perform mass hypnosis on the Lothorian administration, then on the crew of the USS Enterprise. They were ordered to crash the starship into the capital of the Federation, and the ploy would have succeeded except that Spock's Vulcan physiology was able to overcome the hypnotism. (TOS comic: "By Order of the Empire")

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