Australian psychotherapist Ainsley Meares believed that a hypnotic trance is reminiscent of a state of mind that is earlier than the development of reason. Frequently animals instinctively know what types of food or vegetation to seek out for their physical ailments. When hypnotise humans have also diagnosed their own condition beyond their conscious knowledge of anatomy or medicine.
Atavistic regression, which is a mix of hypnosis and meditation, seeks to reproduce this atavistic state of mind by removing the patient's foremost fears and worries thus permitting the body to continue its natural self-healing process. This is also known as mental ataraxis.
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