95% of people can be hypnotized to some level. Even at a light level of trance, profound change can be created. Take this quiz to discover your trance level.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself at your favourite movie. How clearly can you picture the theater? the movie?
The ability to use your imagination and memory add to your ability to go into trance. Visual imagination is not a pre-requisite but can add to the depth you will reach in hypnosis.
How often do you find your mind wanders into daydreams?
Daydreaming shows an ability to allow an internal focus and imagination even while awake. They are a function of the unconscious mind.
Can you remember a time when you were very excited? A specific time? Re-experience it now. Really imagine that you are back in that moment of excitement. How strongly can you experience this moment?
Imagination is your entry into the unconscious mind.
Remember a time that you played with a child. How easy was it to put on expression, play act, pretend to be tickled or exaggerate your emotion?
The ability to play is part of the ability to create. Play acting and imagination are tools that allow you to visualize success and manifest change.
Have you ever been driving home from a fair distance away and been surprised when you arrived in your driveway?
The driving trance is a known phenomena that happens when driving somewhere familiar. Sometimes when we head out on a familiar route we arrive there on auto-pilot (even if we were supposed to be going somewhere else today – oops missed my exit!). Don’t worry… your unconscious mind was paying attention.
Have you ever been working on a project that totally immersed you so that you were entirely focused?
Flow is another state of the unconscious mind bringing all of our resources into play. We seem to be able to connect dots, remember concepts easily and achieve ah-hah moments of brilliance with no effort at all.
How long does it take you to fall asleep?
The ability to leave the outside world and focus inward (without worry and rumination) is a great skill and helps in achieving the internal hyper focus of hypnosis.
How well do you relax with people you trust?
Hypnosis involves a relaxation of not just your body but your mind as well. If your inhibitions control you, it can be more difficult to reach trance.
When reading a good book, can you “close off” to any external distractions?
Screening out distractions and allowing the world to get along without your conscious involvement for a while is part of being able to be in the moment needed for this level of focus.
When chatting to a close friend, do you lose track of time?
Absorption into an activity is a great sign that you can achieve the focus needed for trance.
When you see someone else yawn, does it become contagious?
Suggestibility is another key characteristic for trance. You may find, the more relaxed you are, the more suggestible you are.
Would you (or others) consider you to be a creative person?
Creativity is a boon for self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
Certain smells can instantly evoke a feeling or memory in me.
I am excited to explore my mind-body connection deeper.
This question is indicative of three things – your sense of adventure, your awareness of the mind-body connection and your responsibility for your own wellness. All factors that help hypnotic suggestions be more powerful for you.
I love new adventures and learning new skills.
The love of learning shows an intelligent and active mind – a strong indicator of an ability to achieve hypnosis.
If you love experiential learning rather than just passive learning, your ability to jump in will serve you well.