Hypnotic ability, Maldonado explained, depends on being able to become intensely absorbed in something to the point that you
don't know what is going on around you (dissociation). For example, some people can get so caught up in reading a book that
they aren't aware of their surroundings. You also have to be suggestibleâthat is, willing to take an idea from someone else,
then assume it as your own. "We believe that the ability to be hypnotized is a trait," he said. In other words, a person has
a lot of it, some of it, or none of it, similar to musical talent. Most people fall in between. About two-thirds of the population
has hypnotic ability, he said, adding that people who are experiencing psychosis, however, cannot be hypnotized.