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Kappasinian Suggestibility

Comprised of "Physical" and "Emotional" components, this system measures how best to communicate with the subconscious.

Over the course of his more than 30 year hypnotherapy career, Dr. John Kappas founded the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, College of Hypnotherapy, literally defined the terms "hypnotist", "hypnotherapist" and "hypnotherapy" for the "Dictionary of Occupational Titles" and founded both the American Hypnosis Association and the Hypnotherapist's Union Local 472. But perhaps his biggest contribution to hypnotherapy are the models of Physical & Emotional Suggestibility and Physical & Emotional Sexuality. These models have come to form the foundation of the Kappasinian school of Hypnotherapy.

It was long believed that only 50-70% of people were hypnotizable. Not satisfied with that number in his own practice, Dr. Kappas perfected a series of questions that when answered honestly, reveals a glimpse into how a given mind will react to hypnotic inductions and suggestions. As it turns out, it wasn't that only 70% were hypnotizable, it was that we just didn't know how to reach the rest. Now, thanks to Dr. Kappas, we can determine in advance what methods are best to induce hypnosis and success rates are routinely measured above 99% by well-trained hypnotists/hypnotherapists.

Dr. Kappas named the ends of his scale "Physical" and "Emotional". Physically suggestible minds tend to process input in a literal fashion and emotionally suggestible minds tend to be more analytical and prefer a more indirect approach. No one is 100% in either direction. We all fall somewhere along the scale, though some have stronger indications in one direction or the other.

In the Kappasinian system, a "Physical" is someone with a strong linkage between mind and body. A physical person tends to take in information in a very literal sense. They tend to use more words to communicate an idea. The Physical uses physical body as a defense to protect emotions, needs physical touch, sex equals love, hates rejection, acts before thinking, has a hard time letting go of relationships, not concerned how others see them, speaks inferentially but hears literally, family oriented.

An "Emotional" might be more clearly called an "Analytical". More compartmentalized, an emotional tends to communicate in a more inferential way. They tend to have a perceived separation between mind and body. Some of the traits of an Emotional are: puts emotions first to protect the body, suppresses feelings, worries how others see them, needs alone time, sex equals romance, work-oriented, talks literally, but hears inferentially, thinks before acting, quiet, doesn't like crowds, ends relationships easily.

If you have ever read "Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus", though the author was targeting some perceived societal differences in a popular way, the book would likely have been more accurate from a Kappasinian perspective if it was titled "Emotionals are from Mars and Physicals are from Venus". These differences are not based upon sex, 50% of men are Emotionals and 50% are Physicals, the same goes for women.

The survey questions below were written by Dr. John Kappas and are scored according to his formula. I do not claim them as my own and I use them as both a student of Dr. Kappas's work and as a graduate of the school he founded. You can also take this assessment on the HMI site.

This survey is designed to measure your suggestibility using the Kappasinian Physical & Emotional scale. There are no right or wrong answers, just personal experience, and preference. You are encouraged to answer the questions honestly and ideally, you should go with your first impression of what the answer should be. First impressions tend to give more accurate results than answers that reflect time to think over the question.

For Hypnotechs clients, the results of this survey will be discussed with you during your initial consultation. Please make sure that your name and email address are correct before continuing. Those will be used to match your results to you for your session and to email you a summary of the results for your own records.

Attention Hypnotechs Clients: Please provide your contact information. For everyone else, these fields are optional. If you complete them, you will be mailed a copy of your survey results.

Please do not "overthink" these answers. Read the question and go with your first response. The faster and more instinctive you answer the questions, the more accurate and useful the results will be.

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