Hypnotherapy

Hello fellow nonsmokers and future nonsmokers, just wondered what your opinions are on Hypnotherapy?

Before now i wouldn't have recommended it, a few years ago i bought a hypnotherapy CD named something like Stop Smoking in 1 hour..... didn't work!!! A few months ago i got Paul McKennas stop smoking hypnotherapy process thingy, tried listening everyday....... didn't suddenly stop smoking. (you're supposed to listen every day for 3 weeks, but think i got bored when it didn't work after 1 wk!!)

However, i did find the process extremely relaxing and if i listened before going to bed i would have a better nights sleep and often be in a better mood in the morning. (I am (WAS) a typical smoker in the morning, with a face like a slapped a**e!!)

I've now stopped for 3 days, cold turkey and very optimistic. I have used Allen Carr in the past and still carry alot of what i've learned from him and like him i believe the success of stopping smoking is the WANT to do it, not the willpower but the WANT (I'm making sense in my head).

I believe NRT, hypnotherapy, zyban etc are all just the particular aides that we choose to help us, but you do need that underlying desire to keep you going.

ANYWAY, i have been listening to my hypnotherapy again this week, just as an extra help and some relaxation before bedtime. I do still have dreams and disturbed sleep through the night. But i'm wondering if this hypnotherapy is actually helping more than i realise, i'm having far less cravings than EVER before (and i've tried using a variety of methods in the past) and i'm generally happier and more positive.

Hypnotherapy is all about working with your subconscious and it won't work unless the desire to stop is already there to begin with.

Has anyone else tried hypnotherapy (at home, rather than one off sessions), especially Paul McKenna?

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  • You are right that if you don't want to stop you won't stop.

    Your hypnotherapy CDs could well be working, everybody reacts differently.

    I know someone who went for a one-off hypnotherapy session (cost them £125!) after trying everything else and never smoked since (12 years). It's not cheap, so I would always recommend everyone try cheaper alternatives first (there is probably a load of people who spent £125 and it didn't work!)

    It's always horses for courses, sounds like you've found the right horse for you!

  • Definitely worth having a go...

    I'm using Paul McKenna's CD now at home and haven't smoked for 5 days.

    The first 48 hours I had some very strong cravings but he shows you in the book that accompanies the CD how to deal with these and it was surprisingly quite easy to do. I had a few withdrawal symptoms but nothing mayor. I would definitely recommend buying this.

  • Presume the above post is the dreaded SPAM!!!! Am I supposed to flag it, jump up and down....

    My girlfriend and I tried hypnotherapy a few years ago; a few hours later we lit up! I am certaintly not disputing the effectiveness of it tho; just did not work for us.

  • Hey, bbbreezy,

    I wasted £200 of hypnotherapy too (shhhhh, don't tell my hubby!)

    It may work for some people but it didn't work for me.

    It's definitely not a "magical cure"

  • i'm personally sceptical of hypnotherapy but i have two colleagues who successfully gave up using that method. The first colleague was a major chain smoker, left the office for a smoke within an hour. She used a hypnotherapist and succeeded and everyone was like omg! My second colleague used the same person too and it worked. KNowing about my first colleague, i started to think that there is something there, but i wouldnt try it myself as i'm quite a sceptical person and don't think the hypnotherapist could get through me (but that's what my 2nd colleague said about scepticism and it worked!). So i dont know really.

  • I tried it - a one off session, but I think I must be too sceptical. No matter how hard I tried one part of my brain stayed wide awake the entire time and just giggled at the other part that was trying very hard to relax and do the right thing.

    I actually think that whatever works for you, works. And given the number of times most of have to try this I also think it's quite probably different triggers at different times.

    Stick with whatever works for you.

  • Someone very famous wrote this about how he successfully quit smoking...

    Eventually my wife sent me to a hypnotherapist. I must confess that I was completely sceptical. I had all the normal illusions that smokers have about smoking except one, I knew that I wasn't a weak-willed person. I was in control of all other aspects of my life but cigarettes controlled me. I thought that hypnosis involved the forcing of wills, and although I was not obstructive (like most smokers, I dearly wanted to stop), I thought no one was going to kid me that I didn't need to smoke.

    The whole session appeared to be a waste of time. The hypnotherapist tried to make me lift my arms and do various other things. Nothing appeared to be working properly. I didn't lose consciousness. I didn't go into a trance and yet after that session not only did I stop smoking but I actually enjoyed the process even during the withdrawal period.

    There's a lovely prize for anyone who can tell me his name... :rolleyes:

  • Someone very famous wrote this about how he successfully quit smoking...

    Eventually my wife sent me to a hypnotherapist. I must confess that I was completely sceptical. I had all the normal illusions that smokers have about smoking except one, I knew that I wasn't a weak-willed person. I was in control of all other aspects of my life but cigarettes controlled me. I thought that hypnosis involved the forcing of wills, and although I was not obstructive (like most smokers, I dearly wanted to stop), I thought no one was going to kid me that I didn't need to smoke.

    The whole session appeared to be a waste of time. The hypnotherapist tried to make me lift my arms and do various other things. Nothing appeared to be working properly. I didn't lose consciousness. I didn't go into a trance and yet after that session not only did I stop smoking but I actually enjoyed the process even during the withdrawal period.

    There's a lovely prize for anyone who can tell me his name... :rolleyes:

    Ah, that would be your friend and mine Allen Carr!! ;)

  • Ah, that would be your friend and mine Allen Carr!! ;)

    Congratulations John.

    Who'd have thought it?

    Now the prize, what size do you take in Mankinis? :)

  • Congratulations John.

    Who'd have thought it?

    Now the prize, what size do you take in Mankinis? :)

    I was reading that post and got a strange craving for a fish finger sandwich :eek:

    *I'll get me coat*

  • I was reading that post and got a strange craving for a fish finger sandwich :eek:

    *I'll get me coat*

    Thankyouthankyouthankyou. The visual imagery this gave me has quite put me off the 3 chocolate cakes, 7 doughnuts and 15 mini-muffins I was about to gorge on.

    YUKYUKYUK!!!!

  • Thankyouthankyouthankyou. The visual imagery this gave me has quite put me off the 3 chocolate cakes, 7 doughnuts and 15 mini-muffins I was about to gorge on.

    YUKYUKYUK!!!!

    Very Sorry Dale

    I will try harder to behave myself in future :D

  • Very Sorry Dale

    I will try harder to behave myself in future :D

    Oh please don't!

  • ...Apparently, there is a difference between hypnotherapy and hypnosis, hypnotherapy is relaxation therapy and hypnosis is rapid induction. only a few therapist practice hypnosis as it is a coveted skill and takes years to perfect.

    Actually there's a huge difference:

    Hypnotherapists usually work with individuals to resolve problems and educate the client to the process.

    Hypnotists work with crowds to astonish and entertain and retain an air of secrecy and create amusement.

    Very few hypnotists are hypnotherapists, the required skill set is completely different, but they both use hypnosis.

    Hypno - Greek - Sleep.

    The method of induction is irrelevant.

    The "look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, look into my eyes, you're under" has lost favour in recent months though..

    I believe the fob watch and, "you are feeling very sleepy" is due a deserved revival.

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