Hypnotic virtuosos = OT 7's??
The Scientific American article has a great link that further explores hypnosis.
QUOTE: Hypnosis has little to do with the hypnotist's technique, and very much to do with the individual's capacity, or talent, for experiencing hypnosis. Most people are at least moderately hypnotizable. However, while relatively few people absolutely cannot be hypnotized, by the same token, relatively few people fall within the highest level of responsiveness (so-called hypnotic virtuosos). END QUOTE
My comment # 1: People with succesful auditing experiences, what do you think? Could the early praise you got for progressing so well be a sign that you were a "hypnotic virtuoso?" Could that shared fellowship of being in the "elite of suggestibility" make Scientology's cultic "love-bombing" even more powerful?
ANOTHER QUOTE: In 1974, Auke Tellegen and Gilbert Atkinson developed a scale of absorption to measure the tendency to have subjective experiences characterized by the full engagement of attention (narrowed or expanded),and blurred boundaries between self and object. Absorption is the most reliable personality correlate of hypnotizability. By contrast, vividness of mental imagery is essentially unrelated to hypnosis. So far as the measurement of hypnotizability itself is concerned, there is no substitute for performance-based measures such as the Stanford and Harvard scales. END QUOTE from http://www.institute-shot.com/hypnosis_and_health.htm
My comment # 2:
To "have subjective experiences characterized by the full engagement of attention (narrowed or expanded)"..."is the most reliable correlate of hypnotizability." I think this means that people who easily get godlike feelings of either laser-beam focus or vast expansiveness, are more succeptible to hypnosis (and to Scientology). Comments welcome from experienced auditees!
My comment #3: "blurred boundaries between self and object" - This means that people who naturally have blurred boundaries are more succeptible to hypnosis and Scientology. So they probably can more easily accept orders, discomfort, crowding, and stress. The perfect personality for a slave.
I wonder if Scientology 's emphasis on "exteriorization" (roughly, hallucinations about floating away from the body) would further blur the distinction between self and the rest of the world. Add to that the conceit that you can overcome the laws of physics with your little thoughts, and it's no wonder people have psychotic breaks during intense Scientology training.