Apr 30, 2013

The Problem with ‘Giving Up’ Smoking – Part II

In Part I of this two-part blog post, I shared what New Scientist magazine said about hypnosis.  To capsulize, it simply stated, “Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking.”  I also asked the question, what is the problem with ‘giving up’ smoking?

The explanation is in the words.  The way our minds give meaning to words is quite interesting. The nuances of the words we use can have different implications.  For instance, in the new Ironman 3 movie the villian tells Tony Stark that “today is the first day of what’s left of your life”.  Now, compare that with the way we hear the similar phrase, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”.

One has an ominous tone, the other a very positive, upbeat tone.  They sound so similar that you may not consciously make a clear distinction between the two and you may have to think about the difference for a bit.  But, the unconscious does make the distinction easily and quickly.  In fact, if you were to watch a person being told each of the statements, you would see a difference in body language even before the person realized what was actually said.  The first statement would elicit a weakening state, causing the person to lower their head and roll their shoulders forward.  The second would elicit a head up, shoulders back stance.

So, the words make the difference and there is a difference between ‘giving up smoking’ and ‘quitting  smoking’. ‘Giving up’ implies to the subconscious that something good is being  lost, that it is being deprived of something. As long as a person holds on to  that belief, then the probability that they will stop smoking is greatly  diminished. And, even if they do, they will put something something else in its  place, like eating, because they gave up something and now they need to replace  it.

However, when a person quits smoking, the unconscious mind has drawn a line  of demarcation. The proverbial “line in the sand”, as it were. Now the  unconscious processes that as the person has stopped something that was  detrimental. The person has made a clear choice, a firm decision against a  harmful habit.

So, if you’re a smoker or know a smoker, don’t ‘give up’ smoking, quit smoking through  the most effective means available – hypnosis!  And, when choosing a hypnotist to help you stop smoking, fully consider my wealth of experience and deep knowledge that will benefit you the most, whether by an in-pwerson session or through Skype.

Creating life in forward motion,

Dr. Edward Lewellen