Hypnosis and self-regulation training: An experimental comparison

Date of Completion

January 1999


Psychology, Clinical|Psychology, Personality




Historically, hypnosis has been the traditional method for assessing suggestibility and responses to attempts to augment suggestibility. More recently, alternative approaches have been introduced, and with comparable results. Self-regulation therapy (Amigó, 1990, 1992) offers a cognitive-behavioral skills training approach for increasing suggestibility without the use of a hypnotic induction. This study extended the exploration of basic suggestibility phenomena through an experimentally controlled comparison of responses to hypnosis, self-regulation training, and imagination (control). Attitudes about hypnosis were assessed as possible predictors of response to suggestion. A subjective scoring system was developed to complement assessment of behavioral responses, as measured by a standardized scale of hypnotic responsiveness (SHSS:C). Results of between group analyses on both objective and subjective scores failed to reveal significant effects for experimental group, attitudes toward hypnosis, or group by attitude interaction. A positive and significant correlation was found between objective and subjective scores in all experimental conditions. The results add to a growing body of research which suggest multiple routes to enhancing responsiveness to suggestion.* ^ *Originally published in DAI Vol. 60, No. 8. Reprinted here with corrected author name. ^