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Training Review: Successful Smoking Cessation

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Training Review: Successful Smoking Cessation Clive Girdham Why hypnotherapists should do more training in smoking cessation When you think about hypnosis, right after ‘clucking like a chicken’ comes ‘can you stop me from smoking’. If truth is known, offering a quit smoking service can often be quite daunting for hypnotherapists. The reason for this is simple; there is a misconception out there that hypnosis can make you do anything and some people are quite disappointed to discover that they aren’t just ‘put under, told to stop smoking and then never smoke again’. This ‘magic bullet’ concept can make it quite hard for hypnotherapists as they need to determine early on if a person is actually at that right point where hypnotherapy can assist them to truly become a non-smoker. Additionally, there is often the idea that one session will do it when the reality is that it may take more. Of course, they will usually feel the benefits of the session after the first session but it can often be the difference between a habitual behaviour that someone has associated with a particular event versus smoking as a coping mechanism. What do you think would happen if someone removed a…

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There’s No Such Thing As An ‘Addictive Personality’ – Here’s Why

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There’s no such thing as an ‘addictive personality’ – here’s why Mark Griffiths, Nottingham Trent University “Life is a series of addictions and without them we die”. This is my favourite quote in academic addiction literature and was made back in 1990 in the British Journal of Addiction by Isaac Marks. This deliberately provocative and controversial statement was made to stimulate debate about whether excessive and potentially problematic activities such as gambling, sex and work really can be classed as genuine addictions. Many of us might say to ourselves that we are “addicted” to tea, coffee, work or chocolate, or know others who we might describe as being “hooked” on television or using pornography. But do these assumptions have any basis in fact? The issue all comes down to how addiction is defined in the first place – as many of us in the field disagree on what the core components of addiction actually are. Many would argue that the words “addiction” and “addictive” are used so much in everyday circumstances that they have become meaningless. For instance, saying that a book is an “addictive read” or that a specific television series is “addictive viewing” renders the word useless in…

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A Behaviourist’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

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A behaviourist’s guide to New Year’s resolutions Rebekah Boynton, James Cook University and Anne Swinbourne, James Cook University Every year you set out determined to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. But year after year you fall off track and quickly abandon them. So why are resolutions so hard to keep? New Year’s resolutions are about trying to break habits, which is hard, but not impossible to do. That’s because habitual behaviour is automatic, easy and rewarding. To change a habit, you need to disrupt your behaviour to make way for a new, more desirable one. But as the number of broken New Year’s resolutions indicates, disrupting old habits and forming new healthy ones can be difficult. But what if you’re motivated to change old habits? Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. Behaviourism is a theoretical perspective in psychology that tries to understand human and animal behaviour by studying observable behaviour and events. According to behaviourism, habits are initially motivated by the outcomes or consequences of behaviour, like eating food or earning money. Habits are triggered by contextual cues, like the time of day, your location, or objects around you. This contrasts with other ways of looking at how we form…

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