Originally Posted: Mar 12, 2015
On day 1 of the Hypnotherapy Diploma Training Courses I teach about suggestibility testing - how to tell if a person will make a very good hypnotic subject.
I generally don't use these tests in my therapy practice, as in reality every normal person can be hypnotised. And so when a person comes to see me for therapy I do my best to help that person achieve their goals, and I can tell from doing the hypnotic induction how receptive they are.
So what is the purpose of doing suggestibility testing? Some of you will know the answer to this if you've been to see a stage hypnosis show. With most stage hypnosis shows the hypnotist will do one or more tests with the audience members to find out which ones will follow instructions unconditionally and how good their imagination is. Those who respond very well to these will be asked to come up on stage and be part of the show.
I don't do stage hypnosis. I do, however give presentations about hypnotherapy to various groups of people both in the UK and overseas and in these presentations I demonstrate hypnosis. One thing that is always impressive is when I demonstrate an instant induction on a member of the audience. So how do I choose the person to do the instant induction on? The answer is I do the hands lowering and rising test (see below) with the audience and I choose the person who responded best to this test!
In class I demonstrate the pendulum, the heavy hand test, and the hand clasp. You can watch a video of the pendulum test at https://youtu.be/CNgpGzmndjg and of the heavy arm (arms rising and lowering) test at https://youtu.be/3oYT0v6nBN8
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