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 10: Experiments on Myself with Self Hypnosis

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Post 10: Experiments on Myself with Self Hypnosis

I decided to allow the first Anecdote to sink in, and to regale you with the self hypnosis experiments I carried out on myself.

The first one, of course, was the Smoking Cessation recording. You will recall that I hypnotised the current editor of the U.T.,S. student newspaper Newswit, and because the tape fouled up I recorded another one. Just by listening (for quality control – didn’t want to stuff up and find unflattering references to me on the front page) I just stopped smoking. No problem. It was as if cigarettes were ablated from my mind. I remember someone saying as we were watching a film: It must be so difficult. I realised I had been watching a cigarette ad (this was 40 years ago) and wasn’t aware. Even other people’s smoke didn’t bother me. Well, it did, but not to entice me to smoke: I became a pain in the arse around smokers. Glaring, complaining, I could even summon a nasty cough as I explained I was highly allergic to cigarette smoke.

So when I put on weight, which often occurs after giving up cigarettes, I thought: Let’s see what happens. I wrote a script: I should say at this point that the two hypnosis scripts that have had the most thought and time and effort expended on them are the smoking and the overeating scripts. The smoking script is the result of several sessions with post-graduate students at Macquarie University supervised by Professor A. Gordon Hammer and Dr. James Jupp. The overeating script has been gone over by various experts with a fine tooth comb. So I recorded my script and listened to it according to my instructions. And every time I put on a bit of pud I went back to it. And every time it worked. (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.