During her 50 years as a psychologist, Pam has studied and practiced hypnosis in order to help people with their problems. Her work and research into the fascinating area of self-hypnosis has resulted in an important technique for promoting personal change.


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I divided 120 subjects into 60 making their own recordings and 60 listening to my recording. I had another variable called locus of control: whether a person believed they were in control of their own lives and destinies and liked it that way or not, and people who believed their lives were in the control of fate, chance or other people and liked it that way or not. Of the self-hypnosis group who believed they were in control of their lives and liked it that way 50% gave up smoking completely and that group had a 75% overall reduction in consumption. All the self-hypnosis group performed better than the hetero-hypnosis group. After that I began working with the students and staff members on hypnosis scripts they could record themselves. I figured out that for difficult challenges like smoking, drinking, eating disorders and so on it was far more likely to be effective. With some problems, for example examination anxiety it worked no matter what. I never had a failure with exam nerves, whether the induction was by the student/staff member or me.

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About the Author:

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.