Psychology of quitting

Is your ability to successfully quit smoking dependent on your understanding of the underlying physical and psychological factors that come into play during your quit?

That is, is it necessary for you to understand what is happening to your body and mind during the quit process in order to succeed, or do you feel that you will (or should) manage to quit without having an understanding of physical and psychological factors affecting you during your quit?

Alex.

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  • No, I don't think you're stupid.

    In actual fact, the comment that annoyed you was just a joke, I was just being silly. Difficult to portray in text and maybe that's why it annoyed you.

    We'll just be here all night discussing this.

    Are you looking at ability as something objective and not something that involves lots of different elements?

    An example of that would be two golfers, both with amazing talent. The first can perform under pressure and will go on to win every major. The second can't perform under pressure and can hardly hit the ball in tournaments. Have both these golfers got the same ability?

    If they have, then I agree with you.

  • No, I don't think you're stupid.

    In actual fact, the comment that annoyed you was just a joke, I was just being silly. Difficult to portray in text and maybe that's why it annoyed you.

    We'll just be here all night discussing this.

    Are you looking at ability as something objective and not something that involves lots of different elements?

    An example of that would be two golfers, both with amazing talent. The first can perform under pressure and will go on to win every major. The second can't perform under pressure and can hardly hit the ball in tournaments. Have both these golfers got the same ability?

    If they have, then I agree with you.

    Maybe a good time to put down the drink and hit the pillow?

  • Because quitting smoking requires good mental strength (ability), we're all different. Maybe some people will never quit. Others find it easy.

  • It’s just being pedantic with words. Like I said earlier, if you’re reasonably intelligent, you can argue something all day long.

    With my golfer example, the real question is “Do you think golfer number 2 will ever win a major?”, and the answer would be no. It’s exactly the same with smoking. It doesn’t matter how you achieve a good mental state when you’re trying to quit, as long as it helps you and you achieve your goal. The question in smoking is really, “do you think we can all quit smoking?”

  • That is, is it necessary for you to understand what is happening to your body and mind during the quit process in order to succeed, or do you feel that you will (or should) manage to quit without having an understanding of physical and psychological factors affecting you during your quit?

    Subjective isn't it.

    How do you quantify getting into the correct mindset to give up smoking?

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