Absorption, hypnotizability and context

Non-hypnotic contexts are not all the same

Amanda J. Barnier, Kevin M. McConkey*

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Abstract

We examined the relationship between absorption and hypnotizability when absorption was assessed in two non-hypnotic conditions: In an 'imagination' condition in which we administered the Tellegen Absorption Scale (TAS) with a number of other questionnaires that assessed imagery and imagination, and in a 'classroom' condition in which we administered the TAS alone at the beginning of a normal tutorial class. We found a significant correlation between absorption and hypnotizability in the imagination condition (r = 0.24), but not in the classroom condition (r = 0.09). In other words, the assessment of absorption in a condition that elicited imaginative responses led to a higher correlation than the assessment of absorption in a condition that did not encourage imagination. This finding is discussed in terms of how different settings influence the expression of the personality characteristic of absorption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalContemporary Hypnosis
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Absorption
  • Context effects
  • Hypnosis
  • Hypnotizability
  • Individual differences
  • Personality assessment

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