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rpierce
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Here's an article about Dr. Spiegel's

test.http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,945855,00.html

Is anyone familar with this Test? Any feedback on how accurate it is?
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A test that indicates a "greater capacity to be hypnotized?"

IMO there are only two considerations as to whether a person goes into hypnosis: 1, that they can pay attention to instructions and 2, that they want to be hypnotized. If both of these are positive, a person can be hypnotized. Period.

However, that doesn't mean anyone can hypnotize them. There's a famous story about how Erickson worked for hours to hypnotize a patient who finally told him, "It's not good, Erickson. You can't hypnotize me."

Erickson left the room and told a student to go in and hypnotize the patient. The student went in and had the patient hypnotized in a few minutes.

My GUESS is that this is a self-fulfilling prophecy. He came up with a bizarre test and he discovers proof of his test when he looks for it.

However, I'd have to ask, "What good is this test?" Go into a therapy or stage situation wondering if a client or an audience will go into hypnosis and you're likely to have lots of failures. Go in assuming success and you'll have it.
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I have found the absolute MOST important part is willing. Anything else can be worked out.
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On 2009-12-09 17:46, Dannydoyle wrote:
I have found the absolute MOST important part is willing. Anything else can be worked out.


Dannydoyle, I believe that really is the gist of it. Nice one-sentence summary of the whole thing.
"Dreams aren't a matter of Chance but a matter of Choice." -DC-
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There is another story about a test that showed only 70% of people could be hypnotized. Actually, the tests was done by giving untrained (in hypnosis induction) experimenters a script to read to subjects who had not received any sort of pre-talk. This has resulted in a myth that only 70% of people can be hypnotized. In fact, it would be more appropriate to say that an astounding 70% of people can be hypnotized by untrained people reading a script.
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The fact is that 100% of people CAN be, the question is what percentage WANTS to be.
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I would suggest that although a small number of people cannot be hypnotized (those with exceedingly low I.Q.s, for example) even if all of the rest desperately want to be hypnotized, it also doesn't mean than anyone can hypnotize them all, only that they can be hypnotized.
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Nobody is saying you can guarantee a resuly for an inept operator. You do need to guide them properly.
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On 2009-12-11 13:41, Dannydoyle wrote:
The fact is that 100% of people CAN be, the question is what percentage WANTS to be.



Excellent phrase
this line will be in my mind
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