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A hypnotic induction produces different patterns of spontaneous experiences across individuals. The magnitude and characteristics of these responses covary moderately with hypnotic suggestibility, but also differ within levels of hypnotic suggestibility. This study sought to identify discrete phenomenological profiles in response to a hypnotic induction and assess whether experiential variability among highly suggestible individuals matches the phenomenological profiles predicted by dissociative typological models of high hypnotic suggestibility. Phenomenological state scores indexed in reference to a resting epoch during hypnosis were submitted to a latent profile analysis. The profiles in the derived four-class solution differed in multiple experiential dimensions and hypnotic suggestibility. Highly suggestible individuals were distributed across two classes that exhibited response patterns suggesting an inward attention subtype and a dissociative subtype. These results provide support for dissociative typological models of high hypnotic suggestibility and indicate that highly suggestible individuals do not display a uniform response to a hypnotic induction.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.concog.2010.03.006

Type

Journal article

Journal

Conscious Cogn

Publication Date

12/2010

Volume

19

Pages

1140 - 1150

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Attention, Awareness, Dissociative Disorders, Fantasy, Female, Humans, Hypnosis, Individuality, Internal-External Control, Male, Middle Aged, Models, Psychological, Perception, Personality Inventory, Psychometrics, Reproducibility of Results, Suggestion, Young Adult