How Hypnosis Can Help You Stop Smoking
Hypnosis–Your best chance to quit
by: author unknown
So how does hypnosis offer you the best chance to quit smoking? It’s pretty simple. It’s because hypnosis deals directly with the subconscious mind; the part of your mind that carries out your habituated patterns of behavior which includes smoking. It’s your subconscious that directs the body to feel the urge for a smoke. Your subconscious mind knows exactly when it’s time to light up another cigarette and it reminds you right on cue. So the key to actually quitting smoking is to convince your subconscious mind that it’s time to make a change.
I quit smoking over twenty years ago which was before I became aware of hypnosis. And this is how I did it–I used willpower. And… it only took me three years and four or five failed attempts before I finally succeeded. For me, it was a miserable experience filled with guilt, disappointment, and feelings of powerlessness. What I didn’t understand at the time was that my willpower was simply no match for the power of my imagination held within my subconscious mind. The reason it’s so difficult for people to quit smoking is that there is a part of themselves that still loves to have a cigarette, especially at those “special” times (after a meal, after a drink, etc.). And the subconscious is aware of how much you love to have a cigarette at those special times. I eventually triumphed. But trust me, there’s an easier way.
Some Revealing Statistics
In the largest study ever of its kind, results from the University of Iowa (Oct 1992 issue of The Journal of Applied Psychology) revealed that hypnosis was the most effective way of quitting smoking–three times more effective than the patch and 15 times more effective than willpower. These findings came from statistics combining 600 studies of over 72,000 people from America and Europe.
How to Win the Battle Between the Conscious and Subconscious Minds
Actually, you don’t really want to do battle with your subconscious mind. Chances are pretty good you’re going to lose. There’s a much better way. If you want to be successful in quitting smoking, then get your subconscious mind to be your ally. Let’s say you’ve been smoking for twenty years. It’s pretty easy to make a conscious decision to quit. Let’s say you realize smoking is bad for you and you’re aware smoking can often lead to cancer and sometimes death. So you make a rational, conscious decision to quit. So it should be pretty easy. Right? After all, you’ve made a conscious decision. Your all-powerful conscious mind has decided that you’ve had your last cigarette. Yet, everyday you keep lighting up smokes like clockwork.. So what’s the problem? Why are you still lighting up the cancer sticks?
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Problem is you still have to convince your subconscious mind that you really do want to quit smoking. Since your subconscious carries out all of your habituated behaviors and does so automatically, simply saying one day, “I’m going to quit smoking,” isn’t going to be enough to convince your subconscious that you really want to quit. After all, for twenty years you’ve been lighting up cigarettes and telling yourself how much you love to have a ciggy. You love to light up during those “special” times. You’ve spent the past twenty years convincing your subconscious how much you enjoy smoking and suddenly you’re changing your mind? Not so fast. Simply making the decision at the conscious level isn’t enough. And whenever there is a conflict between the conscious and subconscious minds, the subconscious mind almost always wins out. Why? Because the subconscious is your emotional home and easily overrules the rational, conscious mind. Since you have loved smoking so much for so long, and it is a deeply ingrained habit, you will very likely continue to smoke until you can get your subconscious mind onboard in your effort to quit.
Here’s where hypnosis or self-hypnosis comes into play. Because hypnosis deals directly with the subconscious mind and can help you to get your subconscious mind to go along with your conscious mind in your effort to quit smoking. Hypnosis can help you use your powerful motivations for wanting to quit smoking to trump and overcome your historical desire to smoke (based on your past love affair with smoking). A good hypnosis stop smoking program can help convince your subconscious mind that you really do want to be a non-smoker. Of course, you still have to find one of those good programs.