It is about this time of the year that New Year resolutions fall by the wayside and the most common one is to STOP SMOKING.
The smoker is full of good intentions, well motivated and the will power is strong, however, many smokers have said that although they are very strong willed and when they set their mind to something they succeed…………..except when it comes to stopping smoking.
Good intentions, motivation and will power are all part of the intelligent, analytical conscious mind which only occupies about 10% of the brain. It was the “intelligent mind” that decided to have that very first cigarette, there wasn’t any craving.
Very soon smoking registers as a “programme” and becomes embedded in the subconscious mind which is the other 90% of the brain.
This part of the brain is very powerful, it carries out hundreds of functions for us, it digests our food , repairs our body, keeps our heart beating and so on and it moves towards pleasure and away from pain. The subconscious believes that if the smoker stops they will be depriving themselves from something they enjoy so it urges them to continue to smoke, it is not aware that smoking is potentially lethal and that 50% 0f smokers are eventually killed by their addiction.
The intelligent mind is overpowered by the subconscious and so the motivation and the will power are submerged. Many smoker say that it’s like having one voice on their shoulder saying “quit” but a much louder voice on the other shoulder saying “smoke.”
In hypnosis the way a person thinks about smoking and also the habit of smoking can be changed so that the conscious inteligent mind and the subconscious mind have a common purpose which is for the person to be a permanent non smoker.