Hello, I’m Pam Young. That’s how I begin my recordings. All this began when I enrolled in a Ph.D. in obesity at Uni. of New South Wales. At the time I was staff and student counsellor at University of Technology, Sydney. One day the editor of the student newspaper “Newswit” asked for hypnosis to help give up smoking cigarettes. I routinely recorded my hypnotic inductions so the person could listen to the recording at home, but on this occasion the tape became tangled and I volunteered to make another recording. I did so and settled down to listen to it. After that I gave up smoking. It was as if smoking had been ablated from my consciousness. I didn’t smell other people’s cigarettes and my mind blanked out the ads at the movies. Not a shadow of interest. So I shifted my research to cigarette smoking. What was happening? The dramatic effect of listening to my own recording compared strikingly with my own fruitless efforts to give up and the total lack of response when someone else tried to hypnotise me.
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About the Author: Pamela Young
I will soon be 81 years old and tickled pink to be still upright. I have a good life. I still see clients, mainly in their own homes. I attend a lot of congresses, conferences and training sessions (never too old to learn). My apartment sits across from the north end of Maroubra Beach with 270 deg. views. There is always something intriguing to gaze at – the whales and dolphins twice a year, the stand-up paddle boarders, the surfers, the walkers, the beautiful surf in all its moods. Every morning two lorikeets come for their wholemeal bread. I often sit on the balcony and cook lunch on my portable grill, sitting amongst pots of lettuce, spinach, eggplant, tomatoes, chillies, and herbs: French tarragon, bayleaf, basil, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, thyme, mint and parsley. Throw a handful of herbs on every meal. My wonderful son has an equally lovely wife and three sons, 18, 16 and 14. They are the joy of my life as are my many good friends (some dating back to primary school) and colleagues. I was divorced, and later had two very dear partners, now deceased. One of them was Bill Peach; many of you may remember him. I was with him for 15 years until he died in 2013. He infected me with the travel bug, with many overseas and domestic Journeys taking place each year. The other long-term relationship left me with a taste for champagne, good wine, gourmet food and the Opera. Most of my life I have played tennis and golf, surfed (even in winter) and skied overseas and locally. Slowing down a bit now, love to see a film and do cryptic crosswords and sudoko. Passionate about bridge. I feel I have been very fortunate and would like to continue in that vein. Fingers crossed.