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Hypnosis to Quit Smoking with Tim Thornton

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Hypnosis to Quit Smoking with Tim Thornton

One hundred years ago, hypnosis was viewed as a mental state imposed on an individual by another person who manipulated excessive control. This was known as the “Svengali” method. Fifty years ago, the average person thought hypnosis was a sort of magic act in which the person being hypnotized would act in a ridiculous manner. Today, hypnosis is used to help people deal with a range of health and behavioral problems.

What is hypnosis?

To date, scientists have been unable to explain exactly what hypnosis or hypnotherapy is. The description most often used goes something like this: It is a mental state characterized by relaxation and heightened imagination. Hypnosis is not sleeping as it has so widely been portrayed, but rather daydreaming in a fully conscious state. You are intensely focused on the subject at hand. When you are in a hypnotic state, the critical or conscious side of your brain has been shut off. You are then able to accept hypnotic suggestions as fact.

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Will hypnosis help you quit smoking?

Hypnosis cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do. If you have a strong desire to give up smoking, but just can’t get through the quitting process, hypnosis could possibly be the tool you are looking for. The process of hypnosis can help you replace behaviors that trigger your desire to smoke and help to increase your will power.

Hypnosis can allow you to focus on the benefits you are gaining.

There are several ways to look for a qualified hypnotist. Start by asking friends and family. Talk to your primary care physician (PCP) and ask if they can recommend a hypnotist. View websites to find out more information about the hypnotist and all the services they offer. The hypnotist should be a certified hypnotherapist. Being a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NPL) practitioner is also important. Although each hypnotist has to start someplace, it is more beneficial to you to look for an experienced one.

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Tim Thornton tells his personal story. He wants you to feel at ease with him. He has opened his doors to help you quit smoking. Thornton’s website is chock full of information. Answering your questions before you even voice them, he is straightforward with the answers. Informing potential clients about what to expect in the initial session helps to alleviate fears and nervousness.

Not only does Tim Thornton help someone to quit smoking, he is also qualified to help with weight loss, addictions, insomnia and phobias to name a few. His blog is informative and easy to read.

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As a treatment method, hypnosis has had a somewhat controversial history. However, hypnosis has become more socially and medically acceptable since the 1950s. Today, hypnosis is used all throughout the field of medicine. Hypnosis got the blessing of Pope Pius XII in the 1950s, although he developed some new rules governing its usage. While the Catholic Church does not take hypnosis lightly, devout Catholics should still be able to benefit from hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis and Psychological Disorders

The popularity of hypnosis in modern times parallels the development of modern psychology in general. The twentieth century was a time of experimentation with new therapies, and hypnotherapy was part of that. Hypnosis itself may be as old as humanity, but using it in clinical settings is more emblematic of the twentieth century and beyond.

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The popularity of hypnosis in modern times parallels the development of modern psychology in general. The twentieth century was a time of experimentation with new therapies, and hypnotherapy was part of that. Hypnosis itself may be as old as humanity, but using it in clinical settings is more emblematic of the twentieth century and beyond.

 

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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