You tell me you want to feel a sense of victory over your smoking habit—a sense of willpower and self-control—a feeling of winning over this vice. You can have this feeling by doing the following: Every time you pick up a pack of cigarettes and then put that pack down again, this feeling of victory will come over you. You will feel good and strong. It's like winning one battle after the other. Each time you repeat this behavior of saying no to a cigarette, either in fantasy or reality, you will be winning one battle after the other until the final victory—the victory over your smoking habit. [I have the client experience this scene in fantasy. The good feeling he derives from putting down the pack is the immediate reinforcement which tends to increase future probabilities of his actually putting down the pack without smoking. This is in line with current behavior modification theory.]
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Hypnosis has been defined as a state of heightened suggestibility in which the subject is able to uncritically accept ideas for self-improvement and act on them appropriately. When a hypnotist hypnotizes his subject, it is known as hetero-hypnosis. When an individual puts himself into a state of hypnosis, it is known as self-hypnosis.