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 11: Experiments on Myself with Self-hypnosis (2)

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Post 11: Experiments on Myself with Self-hypnosis (2)

Sorry folks, been a while. Computer wouldn’t allow me to enter my own website. I affectionately call it Hal, and it reminds me of a horse I used to ride when I was young: as soon as I mounted it would walk under the bough of a tree just high enough above the saddle to allow me to lie down and slide off backwards. In a word, ornery.

Back to experimentation. Every so often I found myself overweight and struggling to lose it, particularly after stopping smoking. Each time I played my hypnosis tape for overeating something unusual happened. The very first time I was down at Jindabyne with friends and had cooked what looked like a wonderful roast lamb with vegetables and mint sauce. It tasted bland and uninteresting to me, so I couldn’t eat very much. However, they all congratulated me on the delicious dinner they had all wolfed down, so I concluded that my taste buds had been compromised. The lack of taste continued long enough to bring my weight down to a satisfactory level.

The next time I developed a craving for salads. Driving home from work I would see a mirage in front of my eyes: lettuce, tomatoes, potato salad, ham, beetroot (homemade), Spanish onion, cucumber, boiled egg, all piled high on a plate. Yum yum. A friend once told me that the salad I have described contains less calories than one teaspoon of butter, so of course that was going to do the trick.

On another occasion I became more active than usual – walking on the soft sand, more surfing, exercising. This too had a beneficial effect on my weight and fitness.

You really have to emphasise safe ways of losing weight in your script. One unwelcome effect has been diarrhoea, and i have my suspicions about a nasty bout of reflux. They are effective but at a cost.

I like to dwell on getting fit rather than losing weight. Much more “Pollyanna”. 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.