The Painless Stop Smoking Cure
If you are working with clients on smoking cessation, don't age regress to the ISE. In most cases it is just not necessary. Most clients will be able to quit smoking through the use of suggestion alone. Clients who smoke do so because of at least two reasons habit and coping with emotions. There may be other factors, but let's focus on these for now. The habit can be suggested away, and coping with emotions (primarily by taking a break from whatever is bothering her) can be taken care of by suggesting some alternate behavior. For example, you can suggest that the next time she gets the urge to smoke, she can do something else such as take a deep breath, have a glass of water, or almost anything, and the desire will go away and be replaced by a feeling of being in control. That being said, I want to tell you that I do regularly use age regression for smoking cessation. The first session consists of The second session consists of age regression to their first cigarette Not to ISE. If a...
The reason that I am here at this stage is that I have made up my mind. I have made a final decision to be a non-smoker, to stop smoking completely. I have made up my mind to stop smoking now, not tomorrow, not next week, not next month, but this very moment. I do not allow any exception to this decision, because I honestly and truly want to and do become a non-smoker for the rest of my longer, healthier life. I reflect on the reasons that I want to be a non-smoker so strongly I know them when I think about them. I think about the difficulty that smoking brings. Some people have their doctor tell them to stop. Some people have a chronic cough, or pains in the chest. Other people continue thinking about smoking and cancer or emphysema. It does not make any difference. The point is that I have made this final decision to stop smoking for myself, and that final decision is that I am stopping now. My motivational factor is very important in any habit changing. I realise that I have no...
Over the years, I have found that a personal approach enhances the hypnotic procedures. At the end of the hypnosis session, I give all of my patients the following Tips for New Ex-Smokers. I go over the list step by step making special suggestions based on the history. 6. If needed, get a supply of sugarless gum or use carrot celery sticks if you feel you need something in your mouth. 7. Talk with another non-smoker or someone who has recently quit for any positive strokes. 8. Keep thinking I am now an ex-smoker. 9. Call if you have any problem. Do not smoke that first cigarette and you will be fine.
Another area in which hypnotic strategies are utilized, but the concepts of hypnosis are not mentioned, is in the 3-minute smoking cessation interaction. At the conclusion of the oral examination and cancer screening, if there is an indication by the patient that there is a desire to 'quit', the following sample script is useful. doctor So you had your last cigarette at three o'clock, on 6, May 1997. Do you really want to start smoking again patient (Pause). I get it. Each time I burn the tobacco and inhale the smoke, I start smoking. It was not pleasant when I started at 18. Knowing what I know now, I have no desire to start today. Rarely do people feel comfortable in labeling themselves as quitters. The focus is changed from quitting to starting. This strategy eliminates the fear of failure at 'quitting', and does not strain the doctor-patient relationship. If more intense interaction is indicated, an appropriate referral is made to a mental health practitioner or smoking cessation...
Nicotine harms sleep in many ways, like caffeine, nicotine produces faster brain waves, heart rate, and breathing rate, and an increased amount of stress hormones in your blood. Generally, if you smoke you can't expect to get quality sleep, the stimulant effects of nicotine will prevent you from sleeping deeply, as nicotine is a poison to your whole body. Nicotine puts your whole system, including your body temperature rhythm, totally out of balance. If you want to improve your sleep, your best choice would be to quit smoking. While in this book I won't give specific methods and information on that, I would like to point out that I can provide you with some extremely powerful information to help you quit. If you want to make the decision to quit smoking, contact us at Questions WonderfulSleep.com
For example, if a client is coming in to see you for a stop smoking session but is unable to list any benefits of stopping smoking, the client may have been coerced into seeing you by a physician or spouse. When I meet with the client, I will keep this in mind and ask about it. If the client does not want to quit smoking, you are not going to have a very good outcome with her. It is better to discuss putting off the session until the client is able to bring a sufficient level of commitment to making the change.
It may also be beneficial to give more information that will loosen some of the client's beliefs that may get in the way of progress. For example, if I have a client that believes that he or she cannot stop smoking because they are powerless against their addiction to nicotine, it is important that I give them some information to loosen up that belief because I am not offering a chemical treatment (nicotine gum or patch). This opens her mind to suggestions about smoking being a habit, etc. Now I have a client that I can be more successful with. Bonus Tip To reduce or eliminate a client's belief that their smoking is caused by an addiction to nicotine, I commonly inform the client (in the waking state) that nicotine is not addicting. This how I do it. I tell them that nicotine is not addicting, at least not at the level that smokers receive it by smoking, and I'm going to prove it by asking them a question. If nicotine is so addicting, why don't have centers all across the United...
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For example, if you are treating someone for smoking a statement such as, 'You will stop smoking in 2 weeks' would break the first two rules, yet you are making a similar suggestion with the statement, 'In 2 weeks time, you are a non-smoker' while at the same time keeping it positively focused and in the present tense, it might, at first glance, appear to be future tensed, but the statement, 'You are a non-smoker' Is set in the present and this will have an affect on how the clients subconscious mind accepts and acts upon it.
I would like to encourage you to look into learning more about the 7th Path System of Self-Hypnosis. So many times when I am meeting with other therapists, hypnotists, hypnotherapists, as well as doctors and nurses, I feel sad. I see good people, who have dedicated their lives to helping others, and yet they suffer from some of the same bad habits and addictions that they want to help others with. I would like each one of these people, who may have tried everything else, to try one more time. Learn more about the 7th Path System of Self-Hypnosis, it may be just the thing you need to become healthy. It could be just the thing that you have been waiting for to help you to lose that weight, stop smoking, start exercising, and Well, the list could go on.
For example, I had a patient who suffered from feelings of hopelessness and despair who felt disgusted, angry, and disappointed with himself for not being able to stop smoking. All his attempts in the past had failed even though he was successful in many other endeavors in his professional and personal life. He refused to participate in any therapy using formal hypnosis. We engaged in a dialogue whereby I asked him to assume that our work together produces a desirable result of his overcoming the habit of smoking. I further asked him to imagine himself a year from now having conquered his nicotine dependence. I enhanced this image with ego-strengthening suggestions and asked him to carry on an imaginary dialogue with this person of the future who had already conquered the habit of smoking. In this dialogue, he was instructed to ask his future self how he had conquered the habit of smoking, and then write an essay about what he learned and bring it in the following session for further...
This suggestion is not necessary in all cases. Use it when the patient tells you that something strong is needed to get him her to quit. We know that if you took a regular drinking glass (8-10 oz.), filled it completely with tar and nicotine from cigarettes, and drank it, you could be dead before 12 minutes. You do not want to poison yourself even slowly and therefore will stop smoking immediately and remain a non-smoker. Positive motivations elicited from the patient may be introduced at this point.
This is not to overlook acetylcholine as a major source of the clarity in awareness (see chapter 38). For don't we also take pleasure in nicotine, and in the clarity which enters many of our most vivid dreams at 6 or 7 A.M. But having come out of absorption, something still seems very strange clear attention has shifted itself mvoluntarily into a vacancy of utmost clarity, a space so devoid of the physical self, an ambience so abundant in other respects.
Through the experience of having learned during the last 10 minutes to produce a state of hypnosis, you have established in your brain new circuits, new pathways, and new patterns of activity through which your brain learns to assume better and fuller control of your body. Your brain is the communications center every second it receives millions of bits of information from every part of your body and from the outside it coordinates this information, reaches decisions, and sends out orders and instructions. . . . Therefore, your brain is in full control and will continue to control your hands and will keep your hands from picking up cigarettes, from holding cigarettes, from lifting cigarettes, from lighting cigarettes. . . . Your brain also controls your lips and your entire mouth and will keep them from holding any cigarette, from puffing on any cigarette. . . . Your brain controls the muscles of your chest, of your shoulders, and of your diaphragm and will keep them from pumping any...
You will not crave excessively for a habit negatively affecting your health. . . . Your mind can block the perception of discomfort, as when your finger felt insensitive to the pressure of the sharp nail file. . . . Your mind will function in such a manner that you will no longer crave for a habit that has negatively affected your life with every drag of cigarette smoke you have taken into your lungs. . . . You will block the craving for tobacco a habit that is causing your heart and your lungs to work much harder than necessary, forcing your lungs to labor beyond all necessity, stressing and straining these vital organs . . . like a car constantly driven in low gear . . . constantly laboring uphill . . . stressing and straining the motor. . . . But because of the great control of your unconscious mind, the craving for this vicious and lethal habit will grow steadily and markedly less until it rapidly reaches a permanent zero level. . . . You simply will not crave for cigarettes...
Train the patient carefully with auto-hypnosis induction and simple use of brief periods for complete relaxation. This should be restricted to three minutes, at the most, from onset of a medium trance to the moment when the eyes feel like opening. The author insists that the patient stick to the time limits rather than drifting off into natural sleep or prolonged reverie. If too much time is lost during these exercises, the patient will tend to discredit results and will give up the rehearsals as a needless waste of time. The two- or three-minute exercises should be repeated after each meal and at bed time, four times a day. This is no more time than might be taken in smoking five cigarettes during the day.
During our visitation to the Saint Paul's Cathedral, as I was sitting in one of the pews, I was told that when I opened my eyes, I could see energies that existed in the church even with my eyes open. And, really, all at once I saw yellowish-gray mist, similar to the one when there are many smokers in a room. It was floating 2 to 3 meters above the floor, spread all over this big church. I was told that it was energy of the Holy Spirit. I also saw geometrically shaped energies that were emerging out of the place where the
ACH acts on two major classes of its ACH receptors (nicotinic and muscarinic). Nicotinic ACH receptors respond quickly. High concentrations of nicotine receptors are evident in the medial dorsal and lateral nuclei of the human thalamus. When ACH cell bodies are stimulated down in the pons, thalamic nerve cells that have nicotinic receptors fire only 140 ms later. Nicotine has major reinforcing properties on behavior, and has long been identified as the primary molecule in cigarette smoke causing the addiction to tobacco. Nicotine receptors also enhance some dopamine functions in the limbic system and some functions of endogenous opioid systems. This may be one reason why nicotine creates the impression of being a desirable stimulant. Nicotinic receptors, widespread in the brain, play In humans, nicotine dependence shows an intriguing association with high-hostility traits.3 During an aggression test, only the high-hostility subjects who did not smoke showed an enhanced metabolic...
PET scans monitored heavy smokers who were experiencing strong cravings for cigarettes. Their findings resembled the data in other persons who are addicted to other substances and who respond readily to cues for cocaine, opiates, or alcohol (see chapter 61). In each instance, when the cue first arrives, the anterior cingulate gyrus is activated around the genu on both sides.11 But thereafter, the dependent smokers' craving for cigarettes is related to increased activity elsewhere in the orbitofrontal cortex, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and anterior insula, again on both sides (as occurs during cravings for other substances). One of the first steps in therapy, therefore, is to blunt the dependent persons' anterior cingulate responses to the very first cues that go on to sponsor subsequent addictive craving behavior.
When you are in a very relaxed state toward the end of an AT session, you are highly suggestible. This is a good time to use what Schultz called intentional formulae. In other words, tell yourself to do things that you are having difficulty with. For example, if you want to stop smoking, say something over and over again such as, Smoking is a dirty habit, and I can do without it. If you want to eat less, say, I have control over what I eat. I can eat less and be more attractive. The special intentional formulas should be believable, persuasive, and brief.
A friend of yours decides to stop smoking. He does it very well for a while. Then one night he's out with friends. He has a drink or two and suddenly the drink and the friendship and the atmosphere of the bar bang Again, what happened to shut off his willpower, his decision to stop smoking
I recommend using a kind of Parts Therapy that I call Parts Mediation Therapy. It is called Parts Mediation Therapy because the process is guided by the principles used in mediation. In Parts Mediation Therapy the therapist takes on the role of mediator and works with the client's parts (parts of herself that are in conflict, e.g., where she wants to quit smoking but part of her is afraid she will gain weight).
He achieved a good trance and was given a large number of instructions such as borrowing a student's cigarettes, another's glasses, etc. While he was doing this Erickson repeatedly told him to forget the simple tasks he was carrying out. At some point Erickson slipped in the suggestion that upon awakening, while talking to the class about whether or not he had developed amnesia, he would cross the room , write a sentence on the blackboard, sign his name, while still talking to the class.
These methods are particularly suited for reducing problematic emotions, such as anger, resentment, guilt, pathological jealousy, compulsive cravings (e.g., for alcohol, drugs, cigarettes), and obsessional worries. Guided imagery techniques, as illustrated by Stanton's methods for facilitating self-understanding, may also be used for self-exploration and enhancement of insight. Working with emotional disorders, however, is all too frequently not as simple as suggesting them away or imagining them disappearing. Clinicians are advised to engage in careful assessment and history-taking prior to using hypnosis or any other therapeutic technique. Furthermore, training in hypnosis itself is insufficient preparation for treating psychological disorders. You should not use hypnosis to treat a condition you are not trained to treat with other, nonhypnotic methods.
There are some conditions where hypnosis has proven particularly beneficial. While suggestions were not submitted in some of these areas, you should be aware of the potential benefits of hypnosis with these problems. One of these areas is hypertension. Hypertension has been benefited by deep muscle relaxation (e.g., Taylor, Farquhar, Nelson, & Agras, 1977), meditation (e.g., Benson, Rosner, Marzetta, & Klemchuk, 1974 Benson & Wallace, 1972) and hypnosis (Barabasz & McGeorge, 1978 Crasilneck & Hall, 1985 Deabler, Fidel, Dillenkoffer, & Elder, 1973 Friedman & Taub, 1977, 1978 Maslach, Marshall, & Zimbardo, 1972). Hypnotic procedures for control of hypertension include self-hypnotic training in relaxation and finger or hand warming. Consistent practice of self-hypnotic procedures several times each day is vitally important for success, and hypnosis may need to be combined with cognitive therapy, weight reduction, smoking cessation, and a regular exercise program for maintenance of change...
Trying to stop smoking cigarettes is a good example of this type of situation and it is this case that 1 have chosen to use to illustrate the concepts in this chapter. (Keep in mind that the example could just as easily be used for any number of situations, ranging from overeating to improving study habits or being more successful at work.) At one level, the smokers who cannot stop feel, think, and imagine that cigarettes are something they need and want, that cigarettes make them feel better, relax them, taste good, give them pleasure, whatever. Assumptions like these are often so deeply taken for granted that people aren't clearly aware of having them. Rather, they tend to lie at the lower boundaries of conscious thought, serving to guide us when we take our attention off what we are doing and run. instead, on automatic pilot. Yet smokers have also come to hold a contrary definition that cigarettes are something they do not need or want, that cigarettes cause them harm by...
He developed a fairly good trance, and a whole series of instructions was given him, emphatically and repetitiously, that he perform several acts such as borrowing one student's cigarettes, another's glasses, etc. Repetitious command was also given to forget each simple task. Slipped unobtrusively into these suggestions was the statement that, after awakening, while discussing with the class the presence or absence of an amnesia for the assigned tasks, he would cross the room, write a sentence on the blackboard, and sign his name, still continuing his discussion.
Compounding is often confused with merely repeating the suggestion to the client. For a suggestion to be compounded, the client needs to respond to each suggestion. If you just tell the client that you are now a non-smoker over and over, it is not compounding of suggestion. This technique of repeating suggestions over and over (minimum of 15 times) is called the Direct Drive technique.
Then, with 20 people hypnotized and immobile behind him, he takes the opportunity to make a plug for his three self-help CDs, designed to help you relax, gain confidence, or quit smoking. Dressed in a matching tuxedo and sequined vest, his wife stands beside him, holding up the aforementioned items like a Price is Right hostess.
Finally there is a small class of people who will respond but will be unaware of having done so and will deny it if challenged. What Of course I did not clear my throat. I should know This is not very likely to happen when we are making the suggestion in the simple direct ways suggested so far, but it could happen. I was once trying to get a client to stop smoking. He seemed to respond well to most things in the session and so I was very disappointed when he reported the next week that there had been no reduction in his smoking. However I learned later from his wife that in fact he had cut down dramatically So although I had had a strong effect it seems that a part of his brain was denying it steadfastly.
Using this holistic Mind-Body-Spirit approach to self-hypnosis tends to provide the client with a very healthy dimension to the process, leading the client to additional healthier choices on her own. For example, a client may come to me for weight loss, learn the 7th Path process of self-hypnosis, and spontaneously find herself able to quit smoking without addressing it directly.
This approach can also work with smoking cessation. Simply suggest that the client forget to smoke and consciously forget your instruction. This could enable the client to forget about the behavior. The style differs greatly between stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy. But many useful phenomena are common to both.
First of all, having people breathe in and out slowly is going to relax them. (Many people who are addicted to cigarettes are simply addicted to the idea of taking deep, relaxing breaths. They are taking the time to take a deep breath, hold it, and blow it out. Taking a smoker's break allows the smoker to take a break, go outside, and stop working. Everything shuts down while the smoker takes deep, yogic breaths and blows them out. Unfortunately, the smoker is also inhaling 4,000 chemicals.)
If you're going to help your subject to change a difficult habit, such as stopping smoking, it can be very helpful to know about their life, work, and family. This information can be used during the suggestion to create a very powerful suggestion to help them to achieve their goal very quickly - more about this in A Powerful Therapeutic Tool on page 22.
We may note in this context that one potential problem with many medical interventions is that they are always acting in a one-sided way. They act as adjuncts to the conscious mind's control. The effect will be to weaken whatever system there is in the body to produce the same effect as the drug. Injections of insulin, for example, will tend to decrease the body's own production of insulin. Consequently there must develop a greater and greater degree of dependence on the drug. This is not to say that in many cases the medical intervention is not the best thing to do - particularly in the short term. But it is to say that some practitioners should become more aware of the dynamic nature of the systems they are working with. If, for example, a tranquilliser of any kind is used artificially to reduce anxiety - and this can include nicotine - then inevitably it reduces the demands on the body's own systems which operate to reduce anxiety. These tend therefore to become less active and...
Tape 3 Module 26 Ericksonian-style Indirect conversational covert hypnosis - explanation & demonstration Module 27 Exercise & independent study assignment Indirect methods of hypnosis Module 28 Hetero-hypnosis versus self-hypnosis Module 29 Hypnosis scripts Module 30 Exercise Creating hypnosis scripts Module 31 Exercise Self-hypnosis Module 32 Hypnosis for relaxation & stress reduction Module 33 Exercise Applying hypnosis for relaxation & stress reduction Module 34 Hypnosis for Smoking cessation Module 35 Exercise Applying hypnosis for smoking cessation Module 36 Hypnosis for weight reduction weight management Module 37 Exercise Applying hypnosis for weight reduction weight management Module 38 Hypnosis for sports improvement Module 39 Exercise Applying hypnosis for sports improvement Module 40 Hypnosis for insomnia
Key Principle Fifteen Identify goals in terms of conduct, using ing words. This means to focus on action. Not just any action, but action that exemplifies what your objectives are and defines them in present terms. For example, if you want to stop smoking cigarettes or biting your fingernails or wasting time at work or blocking yourself from operating at maximum potential. I don't advise you to envision your future in terms of not doing these things. 4. If it does feel right, focus on that goal for a moment, let your imaginary scene exemplify the positive goal, and let any present negatives be conspicuously absent. (If you are trying to stop smoking, make sure your teeth are white in the dream, that the air smells clean and fresh, that there are no ashes or cigarette holes around.) Really build up the scene as if you are there now.
When I participate in corporate employee health programs and conduct a group hypnosis for smoking cessation, the results are just as good as when I do individual quit-smoking sessions. That's not true for weight-loss programs, though. The group suggestions are often too general, and dieters usually get better results with individual sessions.
Reinforced with an emotion or sensation. If you are attempting to give up cigarettes, imagine how bad the first one tasted or think of the unpleasant burning in your lungs. If you are attempting to improve your confidence for a first date, imagine the feeling of closeness and belonging that you are looking for.
As another example of a similar thing, think of the way in which in some people it is possible using hypnotic techniques to help them to overcome an unwanted habit of smoking by connecting the thought or smell or taste of tobacco smoke with the activation of the nausea response. The very sight or smell of a cigarette will make you sick. This can be made so clear and strong in some people that it is more than enough to ensure that they stop smoking. It should be clear that the creation of such a connection is very similar to the sort of thing that you have already explored in this section. You might perhaps say to a friend who smokes. Experience as clearly as possible the most significant aspect of smoking to you. (For some it would be a picture, for others a taste or a smell, or the sense of holding one in fingers or mouth, or of the feeling in throat, or lungs or body.) Then just notice if this leads to a sensation of nausea. You then need only say enough to keep their minds on the...
Perhaps the most dramatic and persuasive study of the health benefits of meditation and related lifestyle changes appeared in 1998 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The groundbreaking report landed its lead author, Dr. Dean Ornish, on the cover of Newsweek and finally established an unarguable link between meditation and heart health. The researchers found that meditation, coupled with a low-fat, whole-foods, vegetarian diet aerobic exercise smoking cessation and group support not only lowers your risk of cardiac events, but can actually reverse the ravages of coronary artery disease, the primary cause of heart attacks.
Q I have a friend who smokes three packs of cigarettes a day. She suffers from a chronic disease, which makes this addiction even more dangerous to her health. It's hard for me to keep my cool when I see her suffering so much, and then lighting up another cigarette on top of it. I mean, if someone won't wake up to something that's killing them, isn't it appropriate to yell
We may experience a similar restlessness with our sexual life. Never satisfied with what we have, we endlessly seek something more exciting to make life feel worthwhile. Moreover, we may hope to lose ourselves in the pleasures of sex. People who are psychologically dependent on recreational drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol may feel that they cannot enjoy a meal, a movie, or making love unless experiencing the effects of their favorite substance of abuse.
The course includes all of the information, exercises and self-directed study that you need to be able to successfully hypnotize anyone (including yourself) and assist them with general self-improvement changes they seek (smoking cessation, non-medical weight loss, stress reduction, sports improvement, motivation, etc.)
Based on the motivations of each client. Specialized suggestions and specifically tailored fantasies are then initiated to undermine rationalizations and to reinforce the person's commitment to stop smoking. Six-month follow-up rates with this approach are 67 still not smoking. (Ed.) session in. This session involves repetition of the previous session, exploration of any smoking behavior, along with support, plus the use of appropriate therapeutic measures to correct problem areas that continue the habit. For example, if dealing with anger is a problem area, then the client is helped to release anger in a constructive way.
E When patients came in to stop smoking, they may say when in trance, I don't really want to stop smoking. The therapist then sees physical alarm they now know the truth about themselves. So you say to them, I don't think you should know that when you're awake yet. You protect your patient. You're protecting the conscious mind by keeping that self-understanding unconscious.
Frankel (1974) was the first to report this relationship. He found that 58 of a group of 24 phobic patients were highly responsive to hypnosis when evaluated on the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Form A (HGHS A, Shore & Orne, 1962). The phobic group was also found to be significantly more hypnotiz-able than a control group of patients wishing to stop smoking. He further suggested that there was a relationship between hypnotizability and the aetiology of phobias. Supporting data were presented by Frankel & Orne (1976) and Frankel (1974, 1976). Two studies have failed to replicate these findings. Frischholz et al. (1982), using the Hypnotic Induction Profile, found no statistical differences in the mean hypnotizability of 95 phobics, 226 smokers and 65 chronic pain sufferers. Owens et al. (1989) compared 25 phobics solicited through the media with a group of subjects with smoking problems, pain syndromes, bulimia and obesity on the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale...
Basically, it involves taking the subject, whilst hypnotised, into 2 alternative futures - one if they continue smoking, the other if they stop smoking. In both futures they are asked to visualise themselves as they will be if they follow that path, they become embroiled in the emotions of themselves & their loved ones. Eventually their future self speaks to their present day self. You have imagined a future where you've continued to smoke. Now, lets say that you've decided to stop smoking sometime soon, say in the next few days. Knowing that you'll soon be a non smoker, visualise yourself in a few years time taking that brisk walk again, and enjoying smelling the flowers. Perhaps you can walk more briskly and breath more deeply than before. Enjoy yourself. Please nod when you've finished. This almost completes the use of this powerful tool, you can use further suggestions to promote the idea of no nicotine withdrawal symptoms, replacing the desire for a cigarette with the desire for...
Nisarga means natural. The basic translation of his name was Mr. Natural . He was this 80-year old cigarette-smoking man. He had a little cigarette stand. He was kind of a combination like Krishnamurti and Fritz Perls. He would put you on the hot seat when you came in and ask you about your spiritual life.
It's interesting to realize, how we sometimes deceive ourselves. Some people tell themselves, This is too hard, when they feel the urge to smoke. Occasionally, briefly, momentarily, it can be hard, but what makes it too hard Naturally it can sometimes be difficult to learn new habits, but you've done many difficult things before. Pause The only thing that makes not smoking too hard, is our irrationally telling ourselves that it is. So remember, there may be a few times when it is briefly hard to remain a non-smoker, but it's not too hard. In fact, I wonder if you'll be surprised to notice, how much easier it is to stop smoking, than you'd imagined it would be.
Specialties include weight loss, smoking cessation, and pain management. These courses are outstanding for anyone interested in seeing clients who need assistance in these areas. You will be taught complete protocols for each specialty. This includes how to set up multiple-week sessions and what to do each week. These protocols are the result of my 20-plus years of trial and error. I would like to save you some potential problems and have you making money as a successful hypnotherapist. I have a 98.12 success rate with smokers (tracked out to six months), a 90.34 success rate with weight loss (tracked out to one year), and a 91.45 success rate with pain management (tracked out to six months). I generally do not conduct studies on former clients beyond six months since I do not want to remind them of their former habit ongoing.
On the first page, from your self-assessment, list the five areas you are going to work on first. Word each item in terms of what you are going to do about it (for example, I refuse to smoke cigarettes under any circumstances, 1 can remain calm and relaxed at all times, under any or all circumstances, etc.). Every morning and every evening. review this list. After glancing at each item, repeat it to yourself and then remind yourself why that particular item is so important to you.
Indeed even as I am writing this, there is an episode on the television series Neighbours in which a young man, Brett, has gone to a Hypnotherapist for help with his lack of confidence with girls. He has been given the phrase, I can do anything which has given him a great feeling of confidence. But he has been given no detailed directions on how he should attract the girl of his choice, Debbie, and has gone for a super-cool approach - leather jacket, sunglasses, cigarettes and showing off on his bike - which is not only totally alien to his personality, but a total put-off to Debbie also. When he falls off the bike in an ignominious heap, we see at the same time the inevitable collapse of such an ill-considered application of Hypnotic suggestion
Posthypnotic suggestions may be given to the effect that when the patient thinks about eating fattening foods, he she will immediately have images come to mind of horrible and negative consequences that could occur in the future. This may likewise be used with smokers, sexual addicts, and substance abusers. For instance, they may imagine losing their spouse and family, losing their job in disgrace, etc. This method is essentially a hypnotically reinforced version of the cognitive therapy technique called covert sensitization.
Key Tactic One Use your creative imagination to resolve any underlying contradiction between your assumptions and your assertions. In order to quit smoking and never go back to it. you have to literally change yourself from a smoker lo a nonsmoker. However you do this (that is. whatever specific tactics and techniques you employ) involves changing your definitions of the situation at a gut level, breaking the identification of cigarette smoking with pleasure or relief and eliminating the image of yourself as a smoker from your mental repertoire. Then you can stop fighting yourself and you can take your attention off cigarettes and do something useful with your energy and your life.
Describing hospital setting sometime in the future with patient lying in bed listening to the doctor saying, I'm sorry , but I can't do much for you now. I told you years ago you should stop smoking. Too bad you didn't. All I can do now is give you medication for temporary relief. 2. Exercise. Aversive experience of hiking, becoming short of breath, sitting down, panting, and putting out a pack of cigarettes, then making the connection between the panting and the cigarettes.
This principle encourages us to link the patient's motivations and goals with our suggestions, just as the Law of Dominant Effect encourages us to tie suggestions to strong emotions of the patient. By way of illustration, as part of a suggestion for deepening, you may state And you will sink deeper and deeper in the trance as that arm floats up toward your face, because you want to live to raise your children, and you want to become a nonsmoker. Along the same vein, when you work with a patient who gives more importance in his life to logic and reasoning (as contrasted with emotion), provide him with logical reasons (or even pseudo-rationales) for accepting your suggestions.
In addition to using hypnotic techniques themselves, doctors and dentists regularly refer patients to hypnotherapists for help with weight loss, smoking cessation, and overcoming fears about dental and surgical procedures. Before the 1950s, the medical profession didn't really take notice of hypnotherapy. Today, doctors are readily embracing hypnosis as a complement to long-standing medical procedures.
If he rests in transit without proceeding further, he may face dangers or dukkha. So, what should he do to leave this place Which is the better way of leaving - the simple way or after seeing its faults Suppose you compare the benefits arising from the attainment of destination and also those from stagnation at the transit. When you wish to stop smoking, what would you do -see the dangers of smoking or benefits of non-smoking Both is the answer. Unless you realise the dangers of smoking, you may revert to the habit.
Research clearly indicates that a script can be helpful in dealing with many issues. Some examples include overcoming alcoholism (Jayasinghe, 2005), dealing with IBS (Weil, 2007), improving efficiency for increased financial success, attracting romantic partners, weight loss (Holt, Warren, & Wallace, 2006), memory improvement, smoking cessation (Rouse, 2007), academic success (Bloom, 2007), improved confidence, or whatever the person you are hypnotizing's challenge may be.
Pothesis is a cognitive map of the situation that focuses on action and suggests the possibility of change. An example might be, I've gotten myself so used to smoking and to thinking of myself as a smoker that it's very difficult for me to really believe that 1 can be a nonsmoker and I have not yet been able to stop smoking. For example, in my discussion of smoking 1 was purposely seeking to reframe smoking behavior in your mind, from a habitual, out-of-control act (terminal hypothesis) to something you have set up yourself to do and can stop doing (instrumental hypothesis).
Methods of trance ratification (e.g., glove anesthesia, limb rigidity, ideomotor phenomenon) may be used to increase patient confidence and feelings of self-efficacy. And just as your inner mind is so powerful that it can even control something as fundamental and basic as pain, so you now know that it can control any of your feelings and desires, and anything about your body. And because of the incredible power of your unconscious mind, your urges and cravings will increasingly come under your control, and will grow less and less. Just as it controlled pain in your hand, so your cravings and desires for (food, cigarettes, drugs, sex) will come under your control. In the case of glove anesthesia, suggestions may be given for the anesthesia to remain after the patient
This is using what psychologists call the state of reversed effect. A good example of this is when you are trying to give something up, drink, cigarettes, and the more you think about it the more the reverse happens. You drink and smoke much more while thinking about giving up than ever you did before the reversed effect took hold.
Areas covered include inductions, deepeners and actual scripts and strategies for a wide range of problems, from nail biting, weight loss and amnesia to anxiety, panic attacks and enuresis in children. There is also a detailed section on smoking cessation that delivers the powerful 'Single Session Stop Smoking Therapy Method'.
Far away, above all the trumpery laws and regulations of mankind, there are basic truths, basic rules which we transgress only at our peril. The laws of Man on Earth are not made for the individual but for the majority, and so that the best interests of a majority can be served often a law will appear to inflict hardship upon the individual. Never mind, that is one of the things we have to put up with if we are crazy enough to live in communities because liberty is a relative term. If we were free to do anything at all then we could go into anyone's house, take anything we wanted, do anything we wanted, and then we would be entirely 'free'. Actually, that would not be to the benefit of the community as a whole and so there are laws to protect the majority against the minority, and we break those laws at our peril, peril on Earth, that is most of them don't matter the slightest beyond this Earth. What does it matter, for instance, if a person buys a packet of cigarettes in England...
You are in total control of every aspect of your life. Cigarettes no longer have any part in your life. You are now a non-smoker. You will remain a non-smoker the rest of your life. You have made this healthy decision, and you are happy with that decision. You are in control. Cigarettes have no control over you any longer. You have resolved to break the bad habit of smoking, and you have broken that bad habit.
Disposing of rubbish as subjects imagine themselves dumping mental obstacles, such as fears, doubts, worries, and guilts, down a chute from which nothing can return. Physical obstacles, such as cigarettes and excess weight, may also be disposed of in this way. The corridor, rubbish chute, and barrier metaphors may also be used to meet individual needs. Smokers may wish to discard their cigarettes, alcoholics their alcohol, and the obese may care to strip away their unwanted weight. Patients may also generate their own variations, this being one of the main benefits of the approach. . . . Similarly, they often put into the barrier negative aspects of their personalities which they have not mentioned in pre-trance discussion. However, because they feel these are holding them back, they decide for themselves that they should go into the barrier. Other specific negative influences which appear to be interfering with individuals' enjoyment of life are placed in the barrier by the therapist.
This months release is closely connected to last months. Obviously to live a long life it makes sense that you probably have to be at least aware of your state of health and how you feel. Having said that we have all heard stories of people who drink a bottle of whisky and smoke sixty cigarettes a day living to eighty. This is unusual but not unexplainable. I would suggest that these people have an unusually strong and resilient constitution and might have lived a good deal longer if they have followed a different or more moderate path.
You tell me that you smoke up to two packs a day. That means you pay at least _a day for cigarettes. Multiply _by 7 and the result is number of days in a year, then the total amount you are paying for cigarettes in a year is , and for what For a habit that makes you miserable. Wouldn't you like to use that money for something else for something that would make you happy instead of miserable If you stop smoking you deserve to spend the money you save by buying something that won't go up in smoke. Think now what you would like to time, something perhaps that you have always wanted but felt it was too much of a luxury. In your imagination right now buy this item, and experience using it. Feel the pleasure you derive from it. Experience this pleasure while I am silent for a minute. In this imagery, I motivate the client by picturing a desirable long-term goal to which he can commit himself. If so inclined, I suggest to him after arousal from the relaxation that he...
E Just as when you demonstrate to patients their motivation about stopping smoking. You ask them to put a few coins in a large bottle every time they would have lit up. A quarter or two when they would have bought a carton. Pretty soon the people who really want to quit see all that money piling up. That further motivates them to quit and save all that money. It also proves to them that they do want to quit. That is their proof. And when they fail to pile up the coins, that also is their proof that they don't want to quit.
You begin to realize that soon it is going to reach the edge of that desk (table). You have the thought that only you can allow it to fall off, or to stop it from falling off. The thought keeps occurring to you that only if you are really and genuinely ready to quit smoking can this cigarette fall off the desk (table). You know, without any great surprise, that once it has fallen, that's the end of your smoking. This cigarette stands for all the cigarettes in the world that could be yours to smoke. But when you let it fall off, you know that cigarettes will no longer exist for you. The idea of this room, and you know and accept that it is an idea, will remain with you from now on, for you to make use of at your own choosing. You will not have to go into hypnosis to do it. All you need is to let yourself think, my room, and all that you are now experiencing will arise, like an echo of this situation the ambience, the relaxed feeling, the realization of an environment where smoking does...
A very healthy thought to remember at these times is that I can avoid smoking. I may smell that many people are smoking around me. I may hear other people coughing and see their eyes watering. But as I sip my drink and hear the ice clinking against the clear glass, I may be reminded that my lungs can be clearer than theirs. The clarity and freshness in my lungs can be maintained by avoiding cigarettes.
A small proportion of sleep disturbance is associated with sleep apnea or medical problems and will not be amenable to treatment by psychological techniques. The largest proportion of sleep disorders are associated with psychiatric disorders, or alcohol or drug dependence that will require broad-spectrum interventions with these disorders along with symptomatic disturbance. It is thus vitally important to carefully evaluate sleep disorders to assess the etiologic contributors. Depression, medical conditions (e.g., apnea, myoclonus), substance abuse, and overuse of caffeine or nicotine should all be ruled out prior to considering intervention with hypnotherapy.
Why do we find it so hard to break our own compulsive patterns of behavior such as drinking or eating Because our appetitive habits have gone on to enlist more components than the primitive drive systems within the hypothalamus and its immediate connections. We recruited extra layers of acquired patterned responses from high and low. Larger loops of these circuitries have gone on to entangle the hypothalamus in extensive reinforcing networks. Consider the implications for anyone who would wish to diminish cravings, extinguish desires. A smoker who wishes to kick the habit of nicotine will need to unlearn many fixed behavior patterns. Most of these added repertoires lighting up, mouth movements, and inhaling are imbedded at reaches beyond the mere prescription of a nicotine patch. So if the intent is to transform behavior, as it is in Zen, then the brain must be modified in at least three sets of ways (1) the way it perceives stimuli, (2) the way it responds to stimuli at basic...
So, there's a handy little restaurant around the corner where you can dine. Where do you buy your cigarettes He bought two cartons at a time. I said, In other words, you buy cigarettes not for today but for the future. Now, since you do most of your own cooking, where do you shop Fortunately there is a little grocery right around the corner. That's where I get my groceries and my cigarettes. So, you have a handy restaurant right around the corner, a handy grocery right around the corner, and a handy liquor store right around the corner. And you waul to jog and you know you can't jog. Now, your problem is very simple. You want to jog but you can't. But you can walk. All right, buy your cigarettes one pack at a time. Walk across town to buy your pack. That will start to get you in shape. As for your groceries, don't shop at the handy grocery around the corner. Go to a grocery a half mile or a mile away and buy just enough for each meal. That means three nice walks a day. As for your...
In fact, as time goes on, smoking will seem so trite. It will seem kind of silly. You will feel so sorry for people who smoke as time goes on. You will begin to become as aware that people who are smoking are chancing illness and early death, that in a way they are almost willing to commit slow suicide. That they don't really care about themselves and about life and about being fully alive, and really living. And they just don't know. You'll hear yourself saying things like I'm so glad I don't smoke. I'm so glad that I've stopped smoking. It's so good to feel strong and healthy, and to know that I've had the strength to conquer this miserable habit. When you see other people smoking, you'll feel very sorry for them. You'll feel so sad that they are willing to chance an early death or sickness because of such a habit. You'll feel so sad when you see people who smoke. Starting now, your determination rises to live fully every day, to enjoy every day as much as possible, to live...
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