"Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little"
(New Scientist, Vol 136 issue 1845 31 Oct 92, page 6).
Research by The New Scientist Magazine (1992) has shown hypnotherapy to be the safest and quickest way to quit smoking. People were six times more likely to quit with one session of hypnosis and remain non-smokers over 12 months after their session, compared to those who used Nicotine Replacement Therapy, such as patches or gum.
Extract from the New Scientist vol 136 issue 1845 p6
To find the most effective method to stop smoking, Frank Schmidt and research student Chockalingham Viswesvaran from the University of Iowa conducted a meta-analysis, bringing together the results of more than 600 studies totalling nearly 72,000 people. The results, which were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology and included 48 studies of hypnosis covering 6000 smokers, clearly showed that hypnosis was three times more effective than Nicotine Replacement.
The advantage of hypnosis is that it removes the dependency and craving of quitting without risking the side effects of rashes and potential long term damage that has been associated with Zyban. Those using nicotine replacement therapy are known to have to try to quit on average six times before succeeding, thereby investing heavily in substitute products and addictive chemicals, before developing a stronger will or abandoning any belief in quitting altogether.
No good comes from tearing yourself down for having a bad habit. Positive self talk and reassurance will help you achieve positive results. The most difficult aspect you likely face when trying to break a habit is that it seems to be a defiant monster. There is a way to tame that internal monster, then defeat it. Many professionals recommend hypnotherapy as a key to success! As a professional, I recognize that persistent habits, the ones that you are unable to change on your own, generally have two parts. First, there is the habit component to the behavior, meaning that through time it (smoking, nail biting, etc.) tends to become associated with other non-related behaviors or activities. A common example is how a smoker associates a cigarette with “relaxing” or “calming nerves after stress” and desires a smoke at a certain time like after eating or with s cup of morning coffee. Similarly, a nail biter associates their behavior with watching television or driving. There is also an emotion component to having habits, which makes it more difficult to break without some professional assistance and guidance. Hypnosis is very effective in breaking these unconscious associations. Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective ways to reach the unconscious mind, then link the changes with the conscious mind. A very effective method that you can take is to learn to redirect your own behavior. Instead of reaching for a morning cigarette, mindfully go take a walk instead. Next time you feel stressed and your fingers reach your lips, do something silly to catch yourself and consciously change your behavior. Hypnotherapy can assist you in reprogramming your behaviors for lasting change.
Using Hypnosis to Stop Smoking is the most effective way to change a habit!
In 1992 the University of Iowa conducted a meta-analysis of studies using different methods to try and help people to quit smoking. This was the largest ever scientific comparison – looking at more than 600 studies which contained 72,000 people in total, from America and Europe. They found that on average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine patches or nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone, and concluded that to stop smoking with hypnotherapy is by far the most effective way of breaking the habit.
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