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 brain translates the urge to fit in and be accepted as a survival mechanism.

We must remember that the brain is quite primitive and still thinks that we are in caveman times. If a big sabre-toothed tiger is chasing you, there is safety in numbers. When smoking allows you to be part of a group, there is safety in numbers. Ultimately the unconscious mind thinks that allowing you to smoke is protecting you. This is where hypnosis is so powerful 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 survive, 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 group member, 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.

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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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