Posted: Apr 27, 2010 12:28 pm
by Doubtdispelled
About 30 years ago I tried hypnosis to help me give up smoking. It didn't work the way the hypnotist expected it to. He told me at the end of the sessions that he had determined the reason I smoked was because I lacked self-confidence, and that was the position he had worked from. Well, I came away in the end wanting a cigarette, and I am still smoking, in spite of many attempts to give up, including trying Zyban, which made me feel like killing myself.

Whether it's coincidence, or the effects of what the hypnotist attempted, it is true however that within the next 2-3 years, I made several life changes which were beneficial. I stood up to a bullying husband, I got promoted twice, I bought my own house, and got divorced.

Now a neighbour who is a qualifed hypnotherapist (DIP HYP LHS, whatever that means) has offered to help me try again with some sessions in return for me making her a skirt - so it wouldn't even cost me any money, unlike my continuing love/hate relationship with the nicotine weed - and I am very tempted to give it a go. But I keep putting it off. I now think that, apart from the physical addiction to nicotine, I continue to smoke partly as a - well, a way of being disobedient. People say I shouldn't, and it seems the more they say that, the more I am determined to cock-a-snook, as it were.

Anyway, what I want to know is:

Has anyone else here tried hypnotism, either as therapy or just for fun, or observed it in action?

If so, what were your impressions of the process, and the results, if any.

Hypnotism has a long history, and I think it's generally agreed that there is some validity to it, i.e. it isn't just hocus-pocus or pseudo-psychology, but how does it work?

Is there anyone here who actually can hypnotise others, or knows much about the process?