ERIC Number: ED239166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug-26
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Authoritarian and Permissive Wording of Hypnotic Suggestions.
Coyle, Robert B.; Church, Jay K.
The authoritarian/permissive dimension of hypnosis refers to the manner in which hypnotic suggestions are phrased. In the authoritarian mode suggestions imply the subject is under control of the hypnotist; permissive suggestions are phrased to emphasize the subject's own thinking. To compare the permissive suggestions of the Creative Imagination Scale (CIS) with similar but authoritarian suggestions, and to investigate the relationship of suggestion mode to three personality characteristics (absorption, interpersonal trust, and attitudes toward hyponosis), 206 college students (40 male, 166 female) completed the Attitudes to Hypnosis Scale; listened to an authoritarian or permissively worded hypnotic induction; and listened to audiotapes of ten hypnotic suggestions which were authoritarian or permissive. Subsequently the subjects completed the CIS, the Tellegen Absorption Scale, and the Interpersonal Trust Scale. An analysis of the results showed that permissively worded suggestions were perceived by the subjects as being more like reality than were suggestions in the authoritarian mode. The three personality characteristics were positively and significantly related to authoritarian hypnosis. Only absorption was significantly correlated to permissively worded suggestions. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Creative Imagination Scale (Wilson and Barber); Permissiveness; Trust
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).