Dispositional self-consciousness and hypnotizability

Etzel Cardeña, Lena Lindström, Ann Åström, Philip G. Zimbardo

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The abeyance of self-consciousness (SC) during hypnosis has been
discussed as a central aspect of hypnosis, yet dispositional SC has
been very rarely evaluated as a correlate of hypnotizability. In this
study (N = 328), the authors administered the Harvard Group Scale
of Hypnotic Susceptibility (HGSHS), the Inventory Scale of Hypnotic
Depth (ISHD), and the Self-Consciousness Scale-Revised (SCS-R).
Women tended to score higher than men on the HGSHS, besides
experiencing greater ISHD automaticity. The Discontinuity (with everyday
experiences) subscale of the ISHD correlated with the Public Self-
Consciousness scale of the SCS-R and with the Private Self-
Consciousness subscale (using simple, quadratic, and cubic regressions).
Being concerned about the perception of others related to
experiencing hypnosis as discontinuous with everyday life, which
also related to being more introspective and interested in subjectivity
at the middle range of scores. The article concludes with suggestions
on how to pursue the implications of these results, including testing
for nonlinear relations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-27
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Issue number1
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychology


  • hypnosis
  • hypnotizability
  • self-consciousness


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