As you probably know, the ability to be Hypnotized is a very individual thing. Research suggests that about 10% of the population is extremely Hypnotizable and about two-thirds of us are capable of at least some level of induction. (Yep, that’s at least a 76.66% majority)!
Hypnotizability appears to be at least part genetic and affected by significant life events until you’re about 16 years old. Also, despite popular belief, Hypnotizability is not significantly related to personality traits like assertiveness, basal anxiety or intelligence.
Hypnosis has been used a lot in sporting circles and no wonder because research suggests that participation in individual sports enhances the development of Hypnotizability. For instance, a study of marathon runners found that 54% of the sample scored in the high range for Hypnotizability (Masters 1992). These and other findings suggest that Hypnotizability may be related to an increased capacity for self-monitoring and physiological self-control.
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