Habits can be defined as routines of behavior that are repeated regularly and tend to occur subconsciously. In the American Journal of Psychology it is defined in this way: “A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.”
Habituation is an extremely simple form of learning, in which an organism, after a period of exposure to a stimulus, stops responding to that stimulus in varied manners. Examples of habit formation are the following: If you instinctively reach for a cigarette the moment you wake up in the morning, you have a habit. Also, if you lace up your running shoes and hit the streets as soon as you get home, you’ve acquired a habit. Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form because the behavioral patterns we repeat are imprinted in our neural pathways, but it is possible to break and form new habits through hypnosis. At Quit Smoking Expert we address the habit of smoking with hypnosis in 60 minutes.
Habits reside in the unconscious mind and often the unconscious mind allows these habits to form as it thinks that the habit is protecting you. A habit can be beneficial, like exercising each day, or it can be extremely harmful such as smoking. Because the brain is quite primitive it can get things wrong and link the habit to survival even though the habit is harmful. The longer you carry out a habit the more ingrained and stronger the habit becomes.
Hypnosis is an extremely powerful way to break a habit because it addresses the programing of the habit in the unconscious mind. In other words it deals with the root cause. This is why hypnosis can break the habit of quit smoking so quickly. For hypnosis to be successful there has to be a strong desire for the individual to give up the habit. The combination of wanting to and hypnosis is extremely powerful and can be very successful in breaking habits.
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