I tried hypnosis before and it didn't work. Why Not? There could be several possible reasons for hypnosis to have not worked. It’s possible you were not hypnotised. It’s possible you weren't in deep enough hypnosis. You may be treating the symptom before treating the cause. Also, secondary gain issues may have prevented you from achieving your goal in hypnosis.
It’s possible you weren't Hypnotised.
It’s possible that you didn't go into hypnosis. There could be many reasons for this. Some people don’t know what to expect while going into hypnosis and are overly cautious. As a result, they don’t follow the hypnotherapist’s instructions and don't go into hypnosis. Some people do the opposite and try too hard which can also get in the way.
The solution to this is to know exactly what to expect before going into hypnosis. All good clinical hypnotherapists will conduct a thorough preliminary consultation with all new clients. This is a very important session that will explain what hypnosis is, how it works and what to expect before you attempt hypnosis. If you neglect this session you will have to learn what hypnosis is and how to do it through trial and error which is time consuming and expensive. Always check that your hypnotherapist conducts a thorough preliminary consultation with you. I consider the preliminary consultation to be the most important session and it should most definitely not be a ten minute meeting to acquaint yourself with the person you’ll be working with.
One thing that can be said for Mother Nature is that She is very efficient. Nature doesn't expend more energy than is necessary for the system to work. For this reason we have to conclude that tobacco developed the ability to produce nicotine for a very good reason and the reason is clear. Nicotine is a poison.
Tobacco is so toxic that the people that pick the stuff frequently get ill. They suffer from a “short term occupational health risk” called “green tobacco illness”. The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, abdominal cramps, excessive sweating, headache, and sometimes fluctuations in blood pressure or heart rate. In first world countries they have to wear special clothing to do their work.
At this point we're asked to believe that Mother Nature becomes schizophrenic, or at the very least suffers from multiple personality disorder. The scientists assure us that nicotine, the powerful poison, in low dosages also produces dopamine. Dopamine is a feel good hormone associated with feelings of pleasure.
So why, I have to ask myself, would Mother Nature take all the time and energy necessary to develop a poison to prevent you from eating it but at the same produces dopamine which encourages you to eat it? Why on Earth would Mother Nature shoot herself in the foot like that?
At this point I need to make it clear that I consider myself an artist before I consider myself a scientist. Hypnotherapy is a science, but it’s a soft science. For this reason I need to put my hand up now and confess that I have not studied the scientific findings that nicotine produces dopamine. Like many, I don’t trust the science and just this week it was announced that UK medical journals will no longer consider research funded by tobacco industry.
How many people do you know slap a nicotine patch on their arm and sigh with pleasure? How many people use nicotine patches after sex? It doesn’t make any sense and here’s why; I don’t think that nicotine on its own will cause a normal, healthy human being to produce dopamine. I think that whole dopamine reaction is a conditioned reflex that starts before we are even born.
Babies have a strong pre-determined sucking reflex that exists before birth and are often found to be sucking their thumbs even while in the womb. We know that babies engaged in sucking activities do produce endorphins and dopamine. These hormones give babies pleasure and comfort which leads to “non-nutritive” sucking. This is just Mother Nature preparing the infant for nutritive feeding when the time is right. Instead of a thumb a dummy or pacifier is later used to help the infant feel safe and comfortable.
As babies grow up, some find it difficult to stop “non-nutritive sucking” because of the release of dopamine and endorphins or because it gives the child a feeling of pleasure and comfort. This inability to stop thumb sucking is often referred to as “the first addiction.”
I believe that when people first start smoking cigarettes, this memory of thumb sucking is reactivated (subconsciously) and with it the feelings of pleasure and the release of dopamine. This then becomes a classically conditioned reflex similar to that of Pavlov’s dogs. Each time the smoker lights a cigarette feelings of well being and satisfaction are recreated and compounded and could even become triggered when nicotine is used through association. The poor victim is told that it’s the nicotine that’s causing the addiction. It’s not the nicotine; it’s the associated feelings of safety and pleasure similar to breast feeding that gets a person hooked on cigarettes.
As such, cigarettes are just a dummy substitute for adults. Cigarette companies don’t want people to know this as people would realise that smoking is an exceedingly odd, expensive and dangerous habit. People would not want to be seen smoking any more than they would want to be seen sucking a dummy. This would be very bad for sales.
This isn't a popular view on what causes smoking addiction but nicotine is deadly and had been shown to cause premature aging. If you know anyone that smokes and you're concerned with their health please share this article.
Changing Habits - First you form your habits, and then your habits form you. There are only two types of habits; good ones and bad ones. This article describes how habits are formed and why it’s so difficult to change them once they’ve taken hold. It also explains how to quickly change habits using hypnotherapy.
All habits start out doing something you think is good for you at the time. For example, no one starts smoking to kill themselves. Initially people start smoking because they think it might make them appear more acceptable to their peers. It may also make them feel more secure. It’s only later in life that people realize that smoking isn’t doing them any good, usually because it’s harmed their health and is costing them a small fortune. Of course, by this stage it’s too late to easily change the behaviour as it’s become second nature. It’s a habit.
The process of thinking consumes energy and is time consuming. Nature is efficient. Nature will always strive to achieve the most affect for the least amount of energy in the shortest time possible. For this reason we have evolved with two parts to our minds.
One part of our minds is the thinking, analytical mind. This part of the mind is called the conscious mind. This is where our awareness is most of the time. This part of the mind can only focus on one thing at a time which means it can become overburdened quite easily. Once this mind becomes overburdened it doesn’t function very well which is the reason for the second part of the mind.
Once the conscious mind has performed a task a number of times and realized that it’s safe and works, it no longer needs to think about the task quite as much. The subconscious mind therefore begins to take over so as to unburden the conscious mind with tasks that don’t need full attention anymore. This allows the conscious mind to pay attention to other things which conserves time and energy. The more often these tasks are performed without conscious attention paid to them, the more of a habit they become. They become second nature.
The subconscious mind is the protective mind. Its job is to protect us from all danger. Once something has become a habit, the subconscious mind assumes it is safe. The subconscious is not able to think in the same way as the conscious mind and so when the conscious mind become aware that a habit is harmful, like smoking, it’s too late. The subconscious has made it second nature and protects the habit it assumes is safe. All the thinking in the world with the conscious mind will not change habits, as the habit is now locked in the subconscious mind.
There are two ways to change habits; the easy way and the hard way. The hard way is to just change your behaviour for long enough that the subconscious mind realises that the new behaviour is safe. For example, if you want to stop smoking the hard way, all you need to do is stop smoking for long enough that the subconscious mind realises that it’s safe to not smoke anymore. Of course, this is not easy. The subconscious is much more powerful than the conscious mind and so it’s a bit like trying to lift a boulder with a feather.
The easy way is to bypass the thinking part of the conscious mind and talk directly to the subconscious mind. Explaining that a habit is harmful to the subconscious mind turns the tables very quickly. As the subconscious mind is the protective mind and the more powerful mind, it then begins to work with the conscious mind and habits can be changed very quickly. The process of bypassing the critical part of the conscious mind and establishing acceptable information in the subconscious mind is called hypnosis.
The subconscious mind has been described as the single greatest goal achievement agency known to humankind. Hypnosis is the gateway to the subconscious mind is increasingly used by the world’s smartest, wealthiest, most successful people including royalty.
We all have a subconscious mind and this mind is vastly more powerful than the conscious mind. What people don't realise is that the subconscious mind is always working perfectly well and is always doing exactly what it’s been programmed to do.
The subconscious mind is an organic computer. It is that part of the mind that has a permanent memory, where nothing can ever be forgotten. The subconscious mind holds the sum total of every experience, idea and thought we have ever had including dreams. We are the sum total of all of our thoughts, ideas, perceptions and impressions based on our experience.
There is one thing about the subconscious mind that most people are not aware of; it cannot judge. It is incapable of judgement or analysis. If for any reason a suggestion gets into the subconscious mind, the subconscious does not scrutinise it. It gets straight to work, using all of its strength and might to bring this new suggestion into reality. Just like any other computer, once the software has been programmed, the computer goes straight ahead does what it's programmed to do. The subconscious works the same way.
It stands to reason then, that if things aren't going well for a particular individual, it's simply a matter of re-programming that individual's subconscious computer with the right ideas and concepts! And this is true, except that the subconscious mind has a special protector to prevent any uncomfortable or harmful suggestions from finding their way into the subconscious. This protective barrier called the “critical faculty” is a bit like an anti-virus programme on a computer. It won't allow anything that it's uncomfortable with to get through to the subconscious mind, and as this part of the mind has already been programmed, it will only let more of the same type of “comfortable” suggestions through!
This critical faculty performs an important function. If it wasn't there, the subconscious would be open to almost all suggestions, good and bad. A problem occurs when the critical faculty allows a bad suggestion into the subconscious because it is comfortable with it at the time that it's suggested, and only later does it realise that that it was a bad choice. Smoking is a good example of this. Many people start smoking because they want to “fit in” with a certain group of people. They want to belong. Teenagers are particularly susceptible as they are at a time in their lives where they are preparing to leave the security of their parent's homes and become independent. You may be unaware of it, but to feel secure is the single most important mental need for humans. Believe it or not, “fitting in” and being part of a group is very important to humans, and this is often a good enough reason for some individuals to feel comfortable about breathing smoke into their lungs! It's only later on in life that the individual realises that it wasn't such a good idea, and that the individual becomes uncomfortable with this idea. By then it's a habit, and one that's addictive!
It would seem logical then, to think that all the individual needs to do is simply re-programme their thinking. This thinking is correct, except that the critical faculty is now uncomfortable with this positive idea and rejects it outright! Some people try to change habits using will power. Will power is a part of the conscious mind, and as soon as the weaker conscious mind becomes a little distracted, the subconscious mind programmed with the negative suggestion takes over, re-establishing the negative programming. The individual starts smoking again, and will continue to do so, until the new positive idea is internalised. This can only happen if the critical faculty is bypassed, and the new idea established in the subconscious.
This is exactly why hypnosis works! Hypnosis is the process of bypassing the critical faculty, and the establishment of acceptable suggestions. Very simply, and effectively, hypnosis overcomes the filtering effect of the critical faculty, and suggestions are allowed to flow into the subconscious mind allowing for a new program in the consciousness.
It's also important to note that even though the critical faculty has been bypassed in hypnosis, the subconscious can never forget anything. For example, the subconscious mind can remember every time you have ever burnt yourself in your entire life. If you are told to touch something that’s hot while you are in hypnosis, the subconscious does not need to think about, or analyse this suggestion. It already knows that it’s a bad idea and the critical faculty is reinstated for that piece of information and as such the suggestion is rejected.
Hypnosis is a one hundred percent consent state. People that don't want to be hypnotised won't be. People in hypnosis won't accept any suggestions they don't want to. People in hypnosis won't offer up any information they don't want to. Hypnosis is safe, easy and effective.
Acupuncture and hypnosis have been promoted as drug-free ways to help smokers kick the habit, and there is some evidence that they work, according to a research review that looked at 14 international studies.
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Click the link to find out: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110720210702.htm
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.