Psycho-Babble Psychology Thread 1101246

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Has anyone tried hypnosis?

Posted by Lamdage22 on October 8, 2018, at 9:06:14

I am considering this


Re: Has anyone tried hypnosis?

Posted by baseball55 on October 8, 2018, at 18:10:27

In reply to Has anyone tried hypnosis?, posted by Lamdage22 on October 8, 2018, at 9:06:14

For what?

I did hypnosis to try to stop smoking years ago and it was useless, but that was me and that was the goal. Did quit 21 years ago with the nicotine gum, which I still use. But hey! Harm reduction. Nicotine itself is addictive but pretty harmless. It's the cigarette smoke that is dangerous.


Re: Has anyone tried hypnosis?

Posted by alexandra_k on October 16, 2018, at 4:22:33

In reply to Re: Has anyone tried hypnosis?, posted by baseball55 on October 8, 2018, at 18:10:27

My Father did hypnosis for smoking. He said it helped him, but he still continued to smoke.

I have never done hypnosis.

I thought I would smoke until the day I died, though. And my former supervisor told me a story... About a person he knew who replaced cigarettes with gum. Literally. As in, they cut a single square of nicotine gum into four pieces and had a single piece as a literal replacement for a cigarette.

I thought to myself: That actually sounds psychologically feasible to me. Every single time I would normally have a cigarette (between 20 and 30 times a day) I would have 1/4 of a square of nicotine replacement gum instead.

It was a little harder because of absorbtion. I couldn't make a pot of coffee and sit with my good friend while he had 4 cigarettes over the course of an hour or so munching on the gum to quite the same effect...

But I made it work.


The gum made... Digestion problems for me. It had a laxative effect, frankly. And generally... I felt like I was swallowing air, even though I took care not to. Basically... I didn't have the appetite for it. It... Upset my stomach. I... Wanted to eat / chew less of it.

The urge to smoke was independent. Maybe supressed somewhat by the nicotine replacement therapy but nicotine replacement therapy does not eliminate the urge to smoke. Whether it be simply habit and nothing to do with addition to nicotine or tar or the millions of other chemicals...

I've kicked it now. Without hyponosis. I don't think hypnosis would have helped me with that.

The gym helped. Because it got me particularly conscious of my breathing. I experienced how relapes in smoking negatively affected my breathing. My capacity to run on the elliptical for 20 minutes was negatively affected by my breathing. That made it real to me how smoking was killing my health. It made me feel more determined to quit. The infections etc that I got when I quit also made me feel more determined to quit. I think sometimes we try and hide how when you quit you will get sick as the crap works it's way out... Thinking that knowing that will put people off quitting... For me it had the opposite effect. I realised how it was causing harm deep inside of me and that being real made me more determined to quit it.

Lately... I've been swimming. Swimmers are an odd breed (for me). They have amazing feet that move like waves... And they have amazing lung capacity. I find just sitting in the pool is hard to breathe. I mean I feel like just sitting in the pool and breathing is work for me -- is helping improve my lung capacity. Which is weird... It's like how people say 'walking is exercise' and I'm like 'walking if f*ck*ng locomoation and running is exerise' only I am a motorist now and I actually see what htey mean...

Just sitting in the spa pool... Or the regular pool. Huh.

Lungs and feet. I'll give the swimmers that....

I hurt my back. I foam rolled multifidous (multifidious can do everything!!!!!) into submission and dynamic squatted myself a spinal compression owie (multifidious should actually do something, as it turns out). My bad.



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