Parsing everyday suggestibility: what does it tell us about hypnosis?

Anthony F. Tasso and Nicole A. Pérez

in The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780198570097
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Parsing everyday suggestibility: what does it tell us about hypnosis?


The construct of suggestion or suggestibility has figured prominently in social psychology. Contemporary interest in suggestibility has dramatically accelerated over the past twenty years and there has been excellent development on it. However, this article states that the knowledge of what actually is suggestibility is still unclear. This article focuses on the study of suggestibility as a whole and also examines the suggestibility-hypnotizability connection. It focuses in detail on three empirical examinations of suggestibility in an aim to shed light on the multifaceted aspects of suggestive responsiveness, both inside and outside of hypnosis. Furthermore this article highlights the ways in which nonhypnotic everyday suggestibility and hypnotizability are unique phenomena, and how the term suggestibility is misleading. Rather, the multitude of ways in which people respond to suggestion implies many types, rather than just one type, of suggestion or suggestibility.

Keywords: suggestibility; social psychology; factor-analytic methodology; historical conceptualization; nonhypnotic everyday suggestibility

Article.  17854 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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