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 No. 25: Smoking Cessation Pt. 2

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Post No. 25: Smoking Cessation Pt. 2

I beg your pardon, it was a 50% complete abstention rate and a 75% drop in consumption for the people who made their own hypnosis recordings. Oops! Still pretty spectacular.

As I said, motivation to give up smoking had been found to be the most important factor in most studies. In mine motivation didn’t rate. I told you about the people who didn’t want to give up but did and were pretty annoyed. Well the guy who was my most motivated to give up actually ended up smoking more. He was in my hetero-hypnosis group. My instructions were to play the recording at least four times a week, and I encouraged the participants to give feedback.

Well, this man was an academic at U.T.,S. He was busting to give up smoking. He played the recording heaps more than I had requested and his feedback could have made a substantial book. And he ended up smoking more, one of the few participants of the programme who did. Weird! It made me wonder whether there was an optimum amount of times listening to the recording and too much was counter-productive. Who knew. At the end of the follow-ups I sent him the script, urging him to make a recording himself.

I had a hunch this would work: that he had a strong unconscious resistance to being told what to do by another, no matter how much he wanted to co-operate.

Another interesting finding was that initially most people kind of cringed listening to their own voice. That was weird too: as the Programme advanced it seemed not only did most people come to be O.K. with it, but actually begin to like it. I think us Australians are naturally modest and self-effacing and often lacking in self-esteem.
ånd I got the strong impression that getting to like how you sounded brought about a substantial increase in self-esteem.

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.