Estimates of hypnotizability: standard group scale versus subjective impression in clinical populations

James J. Jupp*, John K. Collins, Marita P. McCabe

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    Abstract

    The relationship between hypnotic responsiveness as measured by the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Form A (HGSHS:A) of Shor and E. Orne (1962) and global depth estimates derived from an 11-point scale were explored in 2 clinical samples. In one case, depth estimates were made just before, and in the other, immediately following the patients' focus on aspects of hypnotic responsiveness. The responsiveness-depth relationship was moderate and consistent across both samples, a finding which in itself is consonant with previous findings employing experimental Ss. When HGSHS:A performance and depth estimates were less proximate, the relationship between them remained significant but was substantially reduced in magnitude. Data suggest that low hypnotizable Ss increase their estimates of depth, and that higher hypnotizable Ss retain relatively stable estimates with increased exposure to hypnosis in a clinical context.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)140-149
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
    Volume33
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1985

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