From the age of 12 to about 25 the urge to fit in and be accepted can and will override
the consequences of our actions.

The urge to fit in and be accepted is translated by the brain as a survival mechanism.

The habit of smoking often starts in the early teens as a way to fit in, this habit is
translated as a habit that helps survival and that is why the habit of smoking
can be hard to give up.

The brain is a wonderful organ but it can still be quite primitive. In the past if we
worked together and in a group we could survive easier. Any habit or action
that can be seen by the brain to help in survival is stored in the subconscious

When smoking helps someone to fit in and be accepted the brain translates

this as a way to work in a group and survive  easier.

The habit of smoking becomes a survival mechanism because:

  • It helps to fit in and be accepted
  • Smoking signals that as a member of a group it is easier to survive.
  • If everyone in the group smokes then you have something in common.
  • Smokers often share cigarettes which reinforces to the brain that it is easier to

Even though the habit of smoking may be seen to be a survival mechanism it can still
be broken.

About Steve Gardiner

Stephen Gardiner originates from Rhodesia, (Zimbabwe) then working around the globe before finally settling in Brisbane Australia. As a scientist, Steve always had an interest in human development, especially Mind Plastisicity and how we cope with stress, anxiety and addictive behaviours. Over the past 15 years Steve has assisted many clients to transform their lives by resolving the obstacles holding them back.

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