March 14, 2011Source: New Scientist TV — Mar 14, 2011
Psychologist Richard Wiseman of Hertfordshire University has developed a simple test to you find out just how easily you are influenced by what others do and say, using your outstretched hands for visualization.
Give the test a try. How far did your hands move? According to Wiseman, if they stayed level or shifted just a few inches apart, then you aren’t that suggestible. But if they moved more than a few inches, you are the perfect candidate for a magician’s or hypnotist’s trick.
The test can also reveal something about your character. “Non-suggestible types tend to be more down-to-earth, logical and enjoy puzzles and games. In contrast, suggestible types tend to have a good imagination, be sensitive, intuitive, and find it easier to become absorbed in books and films,” says Wiseman.