At Quit Smoking in 60 Minutes in Capalaba I have been researching some of the benefits of smoking. Most people will say that there are no benefits to smoking cigarettes, however you do nothing if you do not get a benefit, hence you do get benefits.
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. It is my experience that the urge to fit in will override consequences until we die. The urge to fit in and be accepted is translated by the brain as a survival mechanism.
We must remember that the brain is quite primitive and still thinks that we are in the caveman times. If you are being chased by a great big sabre-toothed tiger then there is safety in numbers. When smoking allows you to be part of a group then there is safety in numbers. Ultimately the unconscious mind thinks by allowing you to smoke it is protecting you. This is where hypnosis is so powerful in that we can change this thinking and programming. In other words hypnosis allows you to go to the source of the habit.
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 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 survive
Having helped many people to quit smoking for many years, Steve Gardiner says that even though the habit of smoking may be seen to be a survival mechanism it can still be broken.[gdl_gallery title=”GALLERY_TITLE” width=”GALLERY_WIDTH” height=”IMAGE_HEIGHT” galid=”1″ ]