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Not a lot of people know that

What’s in a name? In the case of “Gil Evans” you will find “Svengali”, which is an anagram of Gil Evans (or vice versa!). Evans was a bandleader who used “Svengali” as the title for a 1973 record album. Svengali is the hypnotist in George du Maurier’s 1894 work of fiction, Trilby

“Hypnos” is another name that conjures up a question or two for clinical hypnotists. Hypnos was the ancient Greek god of sleep. Drawing on the classical association, James Braid (1795-1860), the acknowledged father of modern hypnotherapy, coined the term “hypnotism” but came to see its association with sleep as confusing . He sought, unsuccessfully,  to change to what he saw as the more accurate  ”mono-ideism”. “Hypnotism” sounds better and has survived the criticism! Nevertheless, it’s a term that can cause difficulties. As the important text Essentials of Clinical Hypnosis says: “Some of the meanings attached to the term hypnosis can make some patients…needlessly apprehensive…”

Hypnos, the ancient Greek god of sleep