Yes, anyone can be hypnotized if they are of average intelligence and have the ability to focus. All that is required is a willingness to be guided into hypnosis.
Some people are more easily hypnotized than others. Researchers have developed a hypnotic susceptibility scale to measure susceptibility to hypnosis. On this scale, people are classified as ‘highs’, ‘mediums’, or ‘lows’. The majority of people, (about 80%) are in the ‘medium’ group. They are able to experience many of the effects of hypnotic suggestion, and are likely to benefit from its use. About 10% of the population is considered very hypnotizable and roughly 10% are classified as ‘low’ – which means that they don’t respond strongly to hypnosis. However this low ability to respond to hypnosis can be increased by a skilled hypnotherapist.
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