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Can You Be Hypnotized? Take This Test


By Michael Salerno / Poughkeepsie Journal

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a number of readers tell me how much they have enjoyed reading and learning more about hypnosis. As the conversation continues, I’ve also had several people say something to the effect of, “Hypnosis sounds wonderful, but I can’t be hypnotized. I’m very stubborn, I don’t have a good attention span and I cannot give up control.”

Have you ever wondered if you could be hypnotized? Some people will enter hypnosis rapidly and easily while others may need a little preliminary work and practice to help them let go and relax. The people that make the best hypnosis clients are those who are of average or above intelligence, have the ability to focus their mind and can follow simple step-by-step instructions.

The questions below will help assess your level of receptivity to hypnosis. Please answer yes or no. Give yourself two points for every yes answer. All no answers get zero points. At the end, total all of your yes answers and use the scoring section below to assess how receptive you are to hypnosis.

• In an emergency, or when things go wrong, do you usually feel panic?

• Do you often daydream?

• Do your emotions get really aroused when reading a book or watching a movie?

• Do you usually try to persuade others to do something that you found particularly enjoyable?

• Do you mostly tend to enjoy your life without worrying much about the past or the future?

• Do you tend to get deeply absorbed in a movie or a television program?

• Would you tend to believe most everything a police offer told you?

• When someone close to you is crying, do you feel tears well up?

• Are you good at things like computer games and/or card games?

• Are you tempted to take home lost or stray puppies or kittens?

• If you close your eyes and imagine a loved one can you visualize them?

• Have you ever walked in sleep during your life?

Hypnosis TestScoring

18 or above: You are very imaginative and you possess the ability to relax and let go. This makes you a natural at entering hypnosis and you are a person who would benefit tremendously from hypnosis sessions. Your ability to focus and concentrate is so strong that you may even enter hypnosis just by watching someone else being hypnotized.

10 to 16: You will not enter hypnosis while watching someone else being hypnotized but you can still enter hypnosis. You are a creative person and that part of you will come to the forefront during the session if you are receptive to the idea of experiencing hypnosis.

8 and below: You might need some preliminary work to get there but if you are motivated to experience hypnosis then you will. Entering hypnosis is a skill that anyone can learn and develop.

Regardless of what you scored, the reality is that anyone can be hypnotized — under the conditions that are appropriate for them. Entering hypnosis is a natural process that we experience every day through our environment.

Some of the more common everyday experiences that are hypnotic-like include being engrossed in a riveting movie or a book, listening to music or even surfing the Internet. Think back to a time when you went to a theater to watch a movie. Perhaps before the movie began you were aware of the smell of the popcorn, who was sitting near you or even the architecture in the theater. Once the movie began, your focus and concentration shifted to the screen where the story took hold of your attention. If it was a happy or funny scene, maybe you began to smile or even laugh. If it was a sad scene perhaps you became sad or maybe you began to cry. If it was a suspenseful scene then maybe you got chills on your arms. You actually began to live the lives of the characters and were transported away into a different reality that was completely different from your everyday life.


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