Suggestibility describes how a person learners and by what means he is most receptive to learning. Suggestibility varies with the individual. Hypnosis gets results when both the induction to hypnosis and the suggestions made during hypnosis are based on the Suggestibility characteristics of the client.
Suggestibility can be measured. There are two primary methods. The first is the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale, first published in 1959. The Stanford Scale takes test subjects through different methods of hypnotic induction and records their responses. It is useful for purposes of understanding the range of Suggestibility characteristics among subjects.
The second method is part of Physical and Emotional Suggestibility and Sexuality Theory, first introduced by John G. Kappas, PhD, in 1975. This method, based on his 30 years of clinical investigation and intensive research, is useful for the purpose of custom tailoring a hypnotic approach for a specific client in a clinical setting.
Physical and Emotional Suggestibility Tests
The Kappas Physical and Emotional Suggestibility Tests measure Suggestibility using questions and a statistical scoring system to determine Suggestibility type and percentage dominance in a type. There are three types, Physical Suggestible, Emotional Suggestible, and Somnambulist Suggestible. A subset of Emotional Suggestibility is Intellectual Suggestible.
A person may score from 55-100% Physical Suggestible, or 55-100% Emotional Suggested on the Kappas tests. A 50% score indicates Somnambulist Suggestible.
Scoring results can be verified during hypnosis induction, hypnosis session, and handwriting analysis. Skill and experience may also be factored.
Physical Suggestible Type
The Physical Suggestive receives and interpreters information literally. If asked, "Can you tell me your name," a high scoring Physical Suggestible will say, "Yes."
He responds to suggestions associated with the physical body – less so to suggestions associated with emotions. For example, he will respond to a suggestions like, "Your eyelids are heavy, so heavy you can not open them if you try."
Paradoxically, the Physical Suggestible communicates inherently and is right brain dominant.
Emotional Suggested Type
The Emotional Suggestives receive and interpret information by inference. If asked, "Can you tell me your name," an Emotional Suggested responses to the inference and says, "My name is John Doe."
He responds readily to suggestions associated with emotions – less so to suggestions associated with the physical body. For example, he may respond to this suggestion, "You may notice that your eyelids are feeling heavy.
Paradoxically, the Emotional Suggestible communicates literally and is left brain dominant.
Intellectual Suggestibility Type
A subset of Emotional Suggestibility is Intellectual Suggestibility. Only 5% of people combine this type.
The Intellectual Suggested is highly analytical and has exaggerated anxiety related loss of control, especially with respect to hypnosis. Only special induction methods are effective in hypnotizing these individuals.
Once hypnotized, this person is highly susceptible to suggestions associated with emotions and highly resistant to suggestions associated with the physical body.
Somnambulist Suggestible Type
The Somnambulist Suggested responses to almost any suggestion. If asked, "Can you tell me your name," he responds both literally and unintentionally and says, "Yes, my name is John Doe."
The Somnambulist Suggestible is potentially hypnotized to a deep state. Only 10% of people are Somnambulists.
Stage hypnotists select the Somnambulist Suggestible when they entertain with hypnosis as this person responds equally well to suggestions associated with his physical body and his emotions.
Hypnosis gets results with the least effort and shortest amount of time when the Suggestibility type of a client is known and used. Sadly, most hypnotists use one size fits all approach to induction without any regard to individual suggestibility.