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.

Post 3 How It Began

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Post 3 How It Began

I met Richard Walsh at a party and he said “Pam, if you ever write a book let me have a look at it.” At that time he was the Managing Editor of Angus and Robertson, book publishers. Later I wondered if he said that to everyone. When I’d accumulated a sizeable amount of scripts I wrote a brief Introduction and Conclusion and made an appointment. He liked the idea and I had a contract.

I thought that was it. As people often say, if I’d known what was involved I’d have downed tools immediately! Three, four years hard labour and it was done.

I was invited to the Christmas Party A & R gave for their authors, and chatted for ages to Alice Doyle, matriarch of the Doyle’s Restaurants family, who had a cookery book published.

Some interesting facts emerged from the smoking research. Many people initially disliked the sound of their own voice on tape, but almost invariably grew to like it. To me it seemed that learning to like their voices translated into increased self-esteem.

I discovered that motivation was not nearly as important as had been believed. Some people played their recordings avidly, keen as mustard, and writing reams of commentary. One of these highly motivated individuals ended up smoking even more cigarettes at the 6-months follow-up!

I persuaded two people to be experimental subjects, neither of whom had the slightest intention of giving up. They didn’t believe in hypnosis and didn’t think it would make any difference to their enjoyment of smoking. Both of them gave up smoking and one of them glared every time he saw me: he had loved his Gitanes.

After the results were in and the findings had established the greatly increased effectiveness of self-hypnosis over hetero-hypnosis, I began to use it frequently in my private practice and with the students and staff of U.T.,S., and to experiment with certain issues of my own. I need to emphasise that most things respond well to either approach: the more difficult issues are those that respond far better to self-hypnosis – cigarette smoking, weight problems, nail biting, drug-taking, gambling, procrastination and perfectionism, for example. More next time.

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.