Masters Thesis

Personality correlates of hypnotic susceptibility: a further examination of J. R. Hilgard's Personality and Hypnosis.

The notion that there must be a relationship between hypnotic susceptibility and other personality factors is one that has titillated investigators in hypnosis for some time. Because people differ greatly in their susceptibility to hypnosis it seems logical that one could use personality variables to explain or predict the differences. For the most part, however, the results of attempts to demonstrate relationships between hypnotic susceptibility and personality traits have been negative or inconclusive. Characteristically, when relationships have been reported, attempts to replicate them have failed (Barber, 1964; Dana and Cooper, 1964; Deckert and West, 1963; and Hull, 1933).