A way to put a person in a hypnotized state is through induction, a deeply relaxing and beneficial state to anyone suffering from anxiety. Next, the hypnotherapist will use suggestions for relaxation, such as feeling restful heaviness in the body or the use of imagination.

The ability for a patient to become hypnotized depends on “hypnotizability”—which refers to how hypnotized a person can be. Absorption and “belief” in hypnosis are related to the amount of resistance the person may experience, and how beneficial the hypnosis session will be.

Some people are naturally more hypnotizable than others. Research has found evidence that the ability to be hypnotized is linked with different traits and abilities. For example, people who tend to get more absorbed in their thoughts are more likely to be hypnotizable. Other studies have shown that imagination also plays a role.

Ultimately, those who are more hypnotizable have more efficient use of cognitive resources.

Studies have shown that hypnosis may be related to better concentration and a more efficient use of cognitive resources when dealing with information.