Can you be hypnotized? Take the quiz!


"Look deep into my eyes. You are getting sleepy. Very sleepy. You are now asleep." That's the stereotype of the typical hypnotist, but how accurate is it? What's it like to be hypnotized? Take this quiz to see how much you know about hypnosis.

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Question 1 of 20

Which of the following is a characteristic of being under hypnosis?

being under another person's control
having free will
being partially asleep
none of the above

... Contrary to the stereotype, a person who is hypnotized has free will and is not under the hypnotist's control.


Question 2 of 20

Which method is most often employed by modern psychiatrists who use hypnosis during therapy?


... Most psychiatrists use a gradual, progressive, approach to inducing hypnosis, easing the subject into a relaxed, suggestible state. The original fixed-eye method -- for example, swinging a shiny object in front of the patient -- is not effective for the majority of people.


Question 3 of 20

The term "hypnosis" is derived from the Greek word for _______.


... "Hypnosis" comes from the Greek "Hypnos," the Greek god of sleep. It replaced the original term "mesmerize" during the nineteenth century. The latter derived from Franz Mesmer, who promoted the technique during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.


Question 4 of 20

Which of the following characteristics can indicate someone who is likely to be successfully hypnotized?

ability to shut out distractions while reading
capacity to be hyper-aware of surroundings

... According to the Mayo Clinic, someone who can become lost in a book, movie or piece of music may be a good candidate for hypnotism. In addition, if your sense of smell is closely linked to your memories, hypnosis will likely work for you.


Question 5 of 20

Which of the following may be a temporary side effect of being hypnotized?

metallic taste in the mouth
temporary blindness

... Nausea, anxiety, headache and dizziness are not common, but they are possible symptoms following a hypnosis session.


Question 6 of 20

Which French institution became the predominant school of hypnosis during the late-19th century?


... Dr. Hippolyte Bernheim, a prominent physician at the University of Nancy, became a proponent of hypnosis, helping to popularize it for research and practice.


Question 7 of 20

When does hypnosis induce amnesia?

Only people who are in a light hypnotic trance ever have amnesia.
People who are very deep in a trance may have amnesia.
People almost always have amnesia.
People never have amnesia.

... Most people remember everything that happened when hypnotized, but a few people who are very deep in a hypnotic state may forget what occurred when they "awaken."


Question 8 of 20

During hypnosis, which part of the mind seems to be taking the lead?


... Although the conscious mind is still working, the subconscious mind seems to be most active when a person is being hypnotized.


Question 9 of 20

In which area is there clinical evidence indicating the successful use of hypnosis with children?

painful procedures
sleep terrors and nightmares
swallowing problems

... Research indicates the use of hypnosis to help children endure painful medical procedures (e.g., shots, spinal taps, bone marrow collection) has a high success rate. Using hypnosis to treat asthma and sleep and swallowing issues has shown improvement only in case studies thus far.


Question 10 of 20

What was Sigmund Freud's experience with hypnosis?

After having been hypnotized once himself, the technique frightened him.
He believed hypnosis was a hoax.
He had little success with it.
He used it extensively.

... Freud tried using hypnosis to encourage his patients to remember their past experiences, but he found more success with talk therapy.


Question 11 of 20

Which of the following appears to be suspended while under hypnosis?

all of the above

... People often tend to drop their inhibitions while under hypnosis. But they cannot be forced to do something they don't want to do.


Question 12 of 20

What percentage of people can be hypnotized at some level?

10 percent
30 percent
60 percent
90 percent

... Although 90 percent of the general public can be hypnotized, people have varying levels of suggestibility.


Question 13 of 20

Which physiological symptoms appear to be caused by hypnosis?

change in brain activity
increased respiration
slowed breathing
slowed heart rate

... There is EEG evidence that brain waves during hypnosis are similar to dreaming and sleep rather than full consciousness. In addition, the left side of the cortex (reasoning and logic) is less active, while activity on the right side (creativity) is heightened. Although heart and breathing rates often slow during hypnosis, that is attributed to relaxation rather than hypnosis.


Question 14 of 20

What happens to an person's level of suggestibility over time?

It decreases.
It increases.
It remains constant.
It varies widely from person to person.

... According to a longitudinal study at Stanford University, a person's susceptibility to being hypnotized doesn't change.


Question 15 of 20

When modern hypnosis was first introduced in the late-18th century, what did proponents believe caused it?

an altered state of consciousness
animal magnetism
religious zeal

... Franz Mesmer, the originator of the modern hypnotic method, believed an "animal magnetic" force flowed from the hypnotist to the subject.


Question 16 of 20

Which of the following is an example of "hypermnesia" while under hypnosis?

forgetting your name
recalling the details of a 20-year-old vacation
refusing to follow instructions
clucking like a chicken

... Hypermnesia is the ability to remember past events in great detail while under hypnosis.


Question 17 of 20

Which of the following areas does the subconscious regulate?

all of the above

... Hypnosis can be so successful because it taps into the subconscious, which regulate emotions, memories and the five senses.


Question 18 of 20

When did the American Medical Association (AMA) accept hypnotherapy as a suitable form of treatment?

early 20th century
mid-20th century
early 21st century
The AMA has not yet officially recognized hypnotherapy.

... In 1958, the AMA agreed that hypnosis could be a treatment option. In the same year, the American Psychological Association also reached that conclusion.


Question 19 of 20

Which of the founding fathers of the United States was involved in a study of hypnotism?

Benjamin Franklin
George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson

... In 1784, King Louis XIV of France appointed a committee to study mesmerism. The "Franklin" committee included the American ambassador to France, Benjamin Franklin. The committee's account stated that claims about mesmerism were completely untrue


Question 20 of 20

One potential danger that hypnotists must be aware of is the possibility of people under hypnosis ________.

breaking laws
hurting themselves
hurting others
remembering things that never happened

... While under hypnosis, a person's conscious brain still functions, so they won't do anything they consider immoral, illegal or dangerous. However, it is possible for false memories to be introduced and become entrenched as fact.


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