You have heard people can quit smoking through hypnosis, and you have certain ideas of what hypnosis is. But you don’t really know for sure. This article is written for you.
I will dispel the seven most common hypnosis myths that are prevalent when you quit smoking with hypnosis. Why are misconceptions important?
Misconceptions like these stop people from accessing hypnosis, and they can thwart their expectations of hypnosis into something very unrealistic.
My hope is that clarifying them might make it easier for you to decide to see whether quitting through hypnosis may be for you.
As a practicing hypnotherapist, of course, I am a big fan of hypnotherapy, and I see in my clinical practice the benefit it makes helping people change their lives.
Hypnotherapy to quit smoking has many benefits to offer. Hypnosis a gentle and all natural smoking cessation technique chosen by many smokers to make this permanent change in their lives.
So now, let's look at the seven hypnosis myths for hypnosis for smoking.
so, you are not alone. Practically everyone has this fear, and it makes many reluctant to quit smoking through hypnosis. Yet, these ideas are nothing but hypnosis myths. Where did they come from?
idea that hypnosis involves mind control has been promoted through
novels and Hollywood movies such as ‘Svengali’. In my opinion this myth
has not been helped either by the carry-on of stage hypnotists who act
like they do have power over people.
In reality they don’t. Hypnosis performances are carefully staged. Stage hypnotists will pick only those people that they identify as highly susceptible to hypnosis, or who are willing to play along.
There is no need to
be afraid. When hypnosis is used therapeutically, as it is when you quit
smoking through hypnosis, you are fully in control of the session. You
can decide, or your subconscious mind will decide for you, how deep you
go into trance.
The depth of trance will vary throughout the
session. But for most of the session you will usually be very alert,
even more alert than in everyday life. Although you are very relaxed,
your antennas are switched on.
Therefore, if you disagree with a
suggestion or simply dislike it, you can decide, and your subconscious
mind will decide for you, to ignore that part. The quit smoking
hypnotist cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do. You will
only let in the messages that feel right for you.
And because you
will only let in the suggestions that feel right for you, my advice is
to you is to make sure you have a good rapport with the quit smoking
hypnotist you are planning to attend, so that you can embrace all the
messaging and get the best out of your sessions.
Really? Are you sure you are not hypnotizable? Really, really sure?
people believe that they are not hypnotizable. This is not helped by
claims by large publications (see for example Quitza here) that you find
over and over online which claim that 25 percent of people cannot be
Those claims are not backed up by research findings of any kind. Yet, once online, they spread like wildfire. Just to get this straight, these claims are completely unfounded.
Recent research from
Stanford using a large sample found that only 5% of participants were
hard to hypnotize. And because this study required a comparison group
that would not be hypnotized, the researchers made no attempt to teach
participants how to go into trance.
In reality, everyone is hypnotizable, and going into trance is a teachable skill.
course there are individual differences in how susceptible people are to
suggestion. But everyone IS hypnotizable. It’s like everyone can be
taught to read and write- to a level where they can enjoy this useful skill
to their advantage throughout life, but not everyone will end up making a
living from writing.
So that means you, too, are hypnotizable. You don’t believe me?
Think about a popular form of waking hypnosis we are all familiar with and exposed to daily- advertising.
I believe it would be hard for you to answer truthfully and answer with no. And if you have let your attitudes, beliefs and
mindset be influenced by advertising that means you are suggestible and
Some people find it easier
to let go into hypnotic trance than others. But where you are right now
in terms of susceptibility is not static. I have already mentioned that
going into trance is a learned skill. Going into trance becomes easier
Try it out. You can even practice this at home- by
listening to a hypnosis recording. You will find that the more you
practice, the more your body and mind will learn how to relax.
The final point to make here is about the nature of hypnotic trance.
Some people reinforce their belief that they cannot be hypnotized with another hypnosis myth- that hypnosis is like sleep. They expect to be asleep or unaware of their surroundings during hypnosis. And because they weren’t, they conclude that they were not hypnotized at all.
For a classic example of the effects of this belief, see how Alan Carr interpreted his successful session of hypnosis for smoking cessation because of this myth.
Typically, for the largest part of a hypnosis session, you will be
fully aware and will know exactly what is going on. This is natural. The
depth of trance will vary throughout a hypnosis session. There will be deeper moments, and there will
be shallower moments of trance. And you will remember a lot.
This is an important point to remember. Expect to be fully aware during your session when you quit smoking through hypnosis. At the same time, you can enjoy very deep physical and mental relaxation.
You can practice going into trance at home, either with a recording of a relaxation hypnosis session, or by practicing self hypnosis for smoking.
I have written a comprehensive article on the scientific
evidence on stop smoking hypnosis to help you form your own opinion...
personally don’t believe it is good to engage with the idea that a
hypnotist has the power to ‘make you’ quit smoking through hypnosis, and here’s why.
quit smoking hypnotists advertise their services with a line similar to
this ‘I will make you stop smoking’. This idea is attributing a lot of
power to them. The reality is that the power to make changes in your
life is all yours.
In truth, nobody can make you do anything that you don’t want to do during hypnosis. This includes making you quit smoking through hypnosis.
Say for example
your partner sent you to see a quit smoking hypnotist, but you are not
really ready to stop smoking. If you don’t want to quit smoking, there
is nothing the therapist can do to make you stop. You will most likely
leave the program continuing to smoke.
When you really want to quit,
a hypnotherapist can help you change your beliefs, mindset and
attitudes to smoking. Find out here what happens exactly when you quit smoking with hypnosis, what to expect from a program of hypnosis for smoking, and how to get the best out of your treatment when you stop smoking by hypnosis.
that treatment is over, you will be back to your own life- where only
you have the power to maintain changes you want to make in your life.
Nobody else can do this part for you.
There is nothing the hypnotist
can do to make you mind yourself. They can help by giving you
suggestions to mind yourself, and they can help by giving you a recorded
self-hypnosis session to work with. But they cannot make you exercise
good self care. You will have to nurture the changes you want to make in
your life and you will have to take action in order to take full advantage of hypnotherapy for change.
While thousands each year quit smoking through hypnosis, for the treatment to work, you must be on board with the process fully.
If, for example, your partner is sending you to quit smoking through hypnosis but you are not ready to quit- hypnosis won't work for you. Nothing will.
If, for example, you quit for a short time and then believe you can go back to smoking tobacco because you believe that after hypnosis treatment you will not become addicted any longer, you are fooling yourself. Hypnosis cannot do that for you, nothing can.
Some people expect there to be magic when you quit smoking through hypnosis- and for those who succeed immediately it may indeed feel like magic. But a quit smoking hypnotist is not a magician.
You are going to have to participate in the process. For example, you will need to exercise good self-care and you will have to do some work to maintain your newly found changes in attitudes, beliefs and mindset so that you can stay quit.
Read more here on how you can support your treatment when you quit smoking by hypnosis.
When you want to quit smoking with hypnosis, the hypnotist will work with what is called suggestion hypnosis. The good news is that you don’t have to attend a hypnotist when you work with suggestion hypnosis.
You can use self hypnosis and get the same
benefits. In fact, in some ways you may be at an advantage when you use
self hypnosis to stop smoking.
In the end, you can make your decision on
whether or not to attend a quit smoking hypnotist face to face based on
your personal preferences.
Again, this is a common concern, fueled in part by media misrepresentations of hypnosis..
is one way of working in hypnosis called regression hypnosis which
locates the cause of current emotional problems in events from the past. This
method is used to resolve very deep issues such as depression, trauma
and anxiety as well as fears and phobias. You may have heard about this
and you may wonder if the hypnotist will bring you back into the past when you quit smoking through hypnosis.
with the hypnotist you are planning to visit. However, usually life
regression hypnosis is not part of the program when you quit smoking
through hypnosis. It is not required, and, in fact, I believe, should not be mixed
in with a quit smoking session. In reality, professionally
conducted stop smoking hypnosis is usually very contained. It is
designed to help you quit smoking. To do just that and nothing more.
students are typically given a specific warning about this during their
training that hypnosis to quit smoking must stick to the one treatment issue only. And when hypnotists follow this guideline, there will be
no side effects when you quit smoking through hypnosis.
I hope this article, by dispelling the myths surrounding hypnosis, has helped you to clarify what hypnosis is and what it is not.
Did you learn anything new about hypnosis here? Did anything surprise you? Will you give stop smoking hypnosis a go?
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Here is to your health and well being.
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