Abbé Faria: The Life of a Pioneer Indian Hypnotist and His Impact on Hypnosis


Author: Luis S. R. Vas

9788190571609 | HB | pp. 120 | Broadway Book Centre

This book outlines how Fr. Jose Custodio de Faria’s (Abbé Faria) pioneered hypnotism and his major contributions in the field.

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Abbé Faria has shown himself a true pioneer in the art and science of hypnosis. His life and major contributions to hypnotism are outlined in this book. He has experimented with hypnosis, a state he called “lucid sleep”, on more than five thousand indiciduals. He also questioned Mesmer’s theory of magnetic fluid and beleived that “magnetic fits” were not only unnecessary for healing, but potentially harmful.

He has also suggested a method of inducing and interrupting trance verbally as well as observed and described numerous hypnotic phenomena, along with their psychological explanations.

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Luis S. R. Vas








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About the Author

The author has had a decades long career in publishing (Jaico), corporate communications (L&T) and freelance feature writing, having contributed over 500 articles to publications in India and abroad. He is the author of over a score of books, most recently Abbé Faria (Broadway), Let Your Brain Be Your Doctor (St. Paul’s) and Decision-Making for Managers The Jataka Way (Pustak Mahal).


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