I'm resuming my posts today after a long hiatus. As it sometimes takes two or three posts to tell one story, and you consequently have to read backwards, I am trying tricks to reverse this. They may not work. Thinking back to times when I questioned whether my favourite therapeutic technique was an example [...]

Giving Up Smoking (moi) Pt. 3

As I have frequently mentioned, giving up cigarette smoking is a very challenging task. You will have a much greater chance of success if you use my script, alter it to suit yourself, and record it in your own voice.

Giving up Smoking (moi) Pt. 2

When I took up smoking again after Dad's stroke and death (I was 45) I continued to smoke for another 7 years. I had a wonderful bloke. He was the sort of person who didn't try to change me so he said nothing about me smoking. I knew he hated it though. He died of [...]

Giving up Smoking

As I have already told you I gave up smoking listening to the recording I had made for someone else, just to check if it sounded O.K. At that time I was smoking more than 20 a day, more on a party day. At the age of 17 I was smoking black and gold or [...]

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 [...]

Smoking Cessation

When I began writing posts for my Website I went back to where it all began - in the late 1970's with my research into smoking and my subsequent book, "Personal Change Through Self Hypnosis". . As a Student and Staff Counsellor at University of Technology, Sydney, I made frequent use of hypnosis as [...]

Anecdotes and Apocrypha: Bill Peach and Nurse Ratched (3)

Bill died a two weeks later. He died bravely. The nursing staff told me he had undergone a lot of unnecessary pain rather than call them before the pain got out of hand. He didn't want to make a nuisance of himself. The nurses loved him and some cried when he died. Two days before [...]

Anecdotes and Apocrypha: Bill Peach and Nurse Ratched (Pt. 1)

I just read an article about a woman trapped in a public hospital trying to transfer to a private hospital for which she had full cover. I decided to write about Bill's experience shortly before he died. Before I do I should remind you that Nurse Ratched is Jack Nicholson's nemesis in "One Flew Over [...]

Anecdotes and Apocrypha: A Weekend in the Country (2)

Kevin and the Golfing Surprise. On the Sunday of the weekend we stayed at the Grand Hotel in Mt. Victoria some of us decided to have a round of golf at the Leura Golf Club and a round of drinks afterwards at the nineteenth watering hole, the Fairmont Hotel. The maggies were stealing the white [...]

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