All, a number of posts recently discussing the psychology of this, on other threads in other places on the forum.
I'm quitting cold turkey - no pills, gums, ecigs, hypnotherapy, just stopped and that's that. Part way through month three, but some posts have made me nervous and here's why.
Allen Carr. I haven't read the book, and understand there is more than one. But those that have (and please correct me if I'm reading this wrong) appear to believe that actively hating smoking as a repulsive, dirty act is necessary to ward off any further temptation.
So I'm nervous because actually I don't hate it. I do know that:
It costs a fortune
It's antisocial, smells, gets ash everywhere (not a problem as I only smoked outside)
And above all it kills you, and can make the run up to your untimely death agonising for you and your family.
Is it enough to know that, and understand that to never take another puff is absolutely necessary? Can you just move on, or will the imp always be there on your shoulder unless you develop a conscious, abject hatred of it?
I know. How can I possibly have enjoyed it?? Inhaling smoke, wtf??. I'm very strong, but I believe I did enjoy it and the reasons above are enough to keep my abstinence forever. And that's psychological, and that's why the consensus that hatred is required makes me nervous.