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12th March 2014 – UK National No Smoking Day

March 9, 2014

Did you know March 12th is national No Smoking Day in the UK?
I didn’t think so…!


Hello, I’m Richard Scott from Grey Matterz Hypnotherapy.

I’m giving away a FREE Quit Smoking eBook that will help you quit the habit.

The FREE eBook features one of my full ‘Quit Smoking’ hypnosis sessions on MP3 – for one week only the MP3 can be yours for only £5 (normally the full package retails at £150)! That’s a SAVING of £145 and is just over what you’d expect to pay for an average pack of cigarettes today.

Visit my website at to become one of the thousands who quit… for a happier, healthier and wealthier you.

Wishing you a long and happy, smoke-free life,

Richard Scott

Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist

CigaretteCigarette – A cigarette is a small roll of finely cut tobacco leaves wrapped in a cylinder of thin paper for smoking.


Attachment Anxiety Can Make You Physically Sick

February 13, 2013

An interesting article on how Attachment Anxiety can lower the body’s power of immunity.
Have a read…

Anxiety help at grey matterz

Don’t let anxiety rule your life.

People who constantly need reassurance that they are loved, excessively worried about being rejected, and interpret ambiguous events in their relationships negatively are at risk of developing serious illnesses, a new research reveals.

Anxious individuals have lower immunity

In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers found that people who are always worried and anxious about their romantic relationships lower down their immunity levels, a fact that makes them more vulnerable to health diseases. For this study, psychologists from University’s Institute of Behavioural Medicine Research (IBMR) asked a number of married couples to complete a questionnaire about their relationship to assess whether they have attachment anxiety and in what way it affects their health. After taking the test, saliva and blood samples from the participants were taken to measure their stress levels. Most of the couples have been together for over 12 years.

Researchers found that participants who had higher attachment anxiety produced 11% more cortisol than those with lower levels of attachment anxiety. They also noticed fewer T cells among these participants. T cells are a group of white blood cells that play a major role in strengthening the body’s immunity. According to Lisa Jaremka, the study lead author and a postdoctoral fellow at the University, higher levels of cortisol is linked to fewer T cells because such hormone has immunosuppressive effect, which means it can inhibit the production of the immunity-boosting cells. In past studies, low number of T cells was found to impair a person’s immunity response to vaccine. It has also been linked to an ageing immune system.

What is attachment anxiety?

Everyone has a different way to secure the attachment that binds them with their special someone. Also called attachment style, it refers to a part of your personality that determines how you behave in close relationships. Two of the most common attachment styles are the avoidance attachment, and the attachment anxiety. The former is characterised by a person’s reluctance to trust and depend on his or her partner and the fear of intimacy. The second one springs from the intense need of assurance that he or she is loved, and the fear of being abandoned. Jaremka explains that attachment anxiety is a phenomenon related to childhood development. When guardians or parents are responsive of their children’s needs, especially in times of distress, these kids easily learn how to rely on people when they become adults. On the other hand, those who experienced rejection tend to develop self-insecurities that generally manifest during adulthood.

The good news is, according to Jaremka, there is research-based evidence that people with attachment anxiety can change. And hypnosis can be one of the most effective ways to effect change in those such people by training your mind to think differently.

If you have any questions about stress, anxiety or panic attacks or would simply like some more information about hypnosis, please visit my website at or send me an email to

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and answering your questions.

Richard Scott

Clinical Hypnotherapist at Grey Matterz Hypnotherapy
Based at the Core Health Centre


Why do we do the things that we do?

July 24, 2012

Do you feel the need to justify your actions when they are odd or bizarre?

Why do people engage in activities or behaviours when they know that activity or behaviour to be harmful to themselves, wrong or even dangerous to others?

Have you heard of something called ‘Cognitive Dissonance’? It is usually defined as a negative state that we experience when we behave inconsistently from our beliefs or attitudes. What’s more, we will then try to reduce this inconsistency and resolve this negative state by changing our attitudes or behaviours.

Our own attitudes change in order to justify our actions.

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For example, people who smoke know that nicotine addiction IS seriously harmful to health, yet they often justify their actions by changing their attitudes and beliefs about the risks – often quoting ‘Smoking isn’t as serious as people say it is’ or ‘I know someone who smoked 60 cigarettes a day, for 70 years, and died happily at 90’.

When there is no rational reward for doing what we do, money or coercion, we experience dissonance, which will then be reduced by irrational self-justification.

Magician's Hat

Let’s look at magic, something most people enjoy watching, but the effect (magicians call them effects rather than tricks) in itself produces dissonance in the audience. We believe that the ball was placed under that cup and when it is shown not to be in that location our minds will try to achieve consistency with our thoughts.

A)     People expect consistency

B)     Inconsistencies create dissonance

C)     Dissonance drives us to restore consistency

Most of us like to think of ourselves as decent, kind, moral people – unlikely to cause innocent people harm or distress. So when something happens, if our emotions are stimulated, let’s say anger, and we shout at someone, ignore or even hit another person, our own dissonance is then aroused.

If we cannot apologise, compensate or ‘take back’ this behaviour we will then try to resolve the dilemma and alleviate our dissonance by further derogating the victim. We will self-justify by pointing out how that person deserved our ill treatment because they were so bad.

But why?

Shout let it all out

Sometimes through dissonance, people’s attitudes can change to like and approve of what they have previously suffered from. Those who may have experienced corporal punishment (let’s say beatings or caning at school) can often claim that it did them good, not harm, and that others would benefit from it. Sometimes those who have experienced physical abuse as children have become immune to the negative aspect of this behaviour and they sometimes project this behaviour as a learned response or even to attract attention from the perpetrators.

Groups or societies often have painful or embarrassing initiation rites. Those who undergo these rites will later tend to value and support the experience. Dissonance can be resolved by elevating the status of the group that caused the initial pain or embarrassment – often called the ‘Severity of initiation’ test.

Using dissonance as a persuasion tool

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Consistency is valued in society and salespeople are all too quick to use this to their advantage. Inconsistency can be viewed as hypocrisy or even dishonesty; this is why salespeople will often try to get you to commit to a position quickly, sometimes even unthinkingly, which you feel you should honour.

‘Would you buy if the price was right’? A seemingly non-specific request, however, an invitation to make a verbal commitment that is consistent with the behaviour that at a later stage will be requested by the salesperson. These commitments are most effective when done publicly, have taken some effort and appear to be voluntary.

People will then add justification to support the wisdom behind their early decision, in the pursuit of consistency. Thus dissonance can be a powerful weapon in a sales armoury, causing us to act in ways that are not often in our own best interest.

Post decision reasoning

Decisions which involve making difficult choices, sometime even life-changing choices, can often make people aware of their own cognitive dissonance – decisions such as buying a house, accepting a job. Quite often a well informed choice can be achieved by drawing up a list of pluses and minuses.

After a decision has been made, dissonance can be resolved by upgrading the status of the decision made and downgrading or derogating the decision which was turned down. It is referred to as ‘buyer’s nostalgia’.  Studies have shown that gamblers often feel more confident about winning once a decision has been made and they have placed their bet, then beforehand.

Dissonance in action

People as a whole will tend to avoid exposure to materials and information that opposes their own views. When a smoker for instance reads an article that gives evidence of specific harms and health hazards related to smoking, dissonance will be created in the mind of that smoker, the smoker will then have to justify, rationalise to themselves or do other mental work in order to resolve the dissonance. Hence, the material is avoided in the first place.

People will selectively expose themselves to information where possible. The smoker won’t pay attention to anti-smoking campaigns, the drinker pays little attention to alcoholic campaigns – they will seek out only that which they agree with.

Let me know your thoughts as to why people do the things they do, even in the light of knowing that what they’re doing is harmful to themselves, their own health or other peoples’.


Have a great day,

Richard Scott
clinical Hypnotherapist

Hypnosis for a rapid recovery

June 26, 2012


Have a read through this very interesting article… of course it’s something we’ve known for a long time, but people from the ‘scientific’ community are now proving it.

Have a great day!


Richard Scott

Clinical Hypnotherapist

Hypnosis speeds up cancer recovery!

June 14, 2011

Hello all,

Long time no blog… busy busy busy.

But, I found an interesting article online today. Thought you may like to read it.

Here’s the link.

Let me know what you all think.


Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist

Hypnotherapy = Retail Therapy!

February 22, 2011

An interesting retail experiment is taking place in London.

Hypnotic Shop is an installation by “sensual artists” Sam Bompas and Harry Parr at Browns Focus clothing store on London’s upmarket South Molton Street.

The idea is to use smells and subliminal messages to make people buy things, although it goes some way beyond pumping out baking smells, a la Tesco.

It starts with an optical window installation that uses “vertigo therapy” to pull you in, and then employs music which will make shoppers feel sexy while also making them less inclined to nick stuff.

Bompas and Parr have even “spiked” the shop with “micro-encapsulated vanilla scents” to be released as customers walk across the shop. American research has shown that when these kinds of “feminine” scents are released, sales of clothes can double. When the installation comes down on March 15, sales data will be analysed – or “crunched” as they say in the retail business – to see if it’s made any difference to profits.

Bompas and Parr are Old Etonians with quite a track record for this sort of bonkers behaviour. Their core business is actually jelly-making, and among their previous projects are a glow-in-the-dark alcoholic jelly created for Mark Ronson’s 33rd birthday party and a Willy Wonka-style chewing gum that changes flavours as you chew.

They’ve also created something called Alcoholic Architecture, a breathable mist of gin and tonic that you walk into – and then stagger out of looking for a taxi and a kebab. (Note to Janet Street-Porter: that’s the sort of rambling you should be promoting.)

“We worked with three doctors to calibrate the ratio of gin to tonic,” Bompas tells me. “If you were in the mist for 45 minutes, you would have had the equivalent of a large G&T. One of our experts was Dr Andrea Sella, a chemical explosives expert at University College London. With that much gin in the air, there was a risk of explosion.”

Full story here:

Let’s see if their hypno antics are successful or if more traditional values of friendliness, comfort and safety within a retail environment will prevail!


Happy Hypno Shopping

Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist

Why hypnosis doesn’t work… sometimes!

December 7, 2010

Upon hearing that I am a hypnotist, people usually utter a couple of quite common phrases…

‘ Will you make me cluck like a chicken? ‘,
‘ Will it work? ‘ and
‘ What if I can’t be hypnotised? ‘

All quite benine, yet very important, questions for the new client to ask, and yet the answers all seem to be subject to that client’s own free will.

I usually answer…

‘ Do you want to cluck like a chicken? ‘
‘ If you really want it to work… it usually will! ‘
‘ You’ve already been hypnotised, many times. ‘

Many people are under the misconception that hypnosis is some magical mind control system, wherein the client or subject becomes a robot, doing the bidding of the hypnotist. All very stageshow-like.

Let me assure you, when performed properly by a trained therapist, hypnosis is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can imagine. Complete relaxation, heightened awareness and imagination, positive suggestions and motivation bringing about positive emotional and behavioural changes. It’s all good!

Will hypnosis work?

Some people do take a little time to adjust their behavioural habits. If a client is not losing the symptom straight away it can either be because the symptom has a medical/hormonal route or that the root cause of the symptom is buried and repressed.  In this instance one has to discovery the root cause through analysis therapy and then reframe the original source problem.

Hypnosis works for most of my clients, most of the time, but not for everyone. I have spoken to the select few of my clients (and I’m talking one or two out of hundreds of clients) that can’t get hypnosis to work for them and it’s usually the same.

For whatever reason, they haven’t followed the whole process, listening and retraining their own minds every single day through the techniques I have provided and through the CD work. Perhaps they didn’t quite understand the process, not taken the therapy seriously or sometimes have even slipped back in to their old ways because it was far easier to do so.

What if I can’t be hypnotised?

Many people, if not all of us, usually spend most of our lives in one form of trance/state of awareness or another. They can be states that we have entered or states we have allowed someone else to influence us to go in to. You’ve perhaps heard of phrases such as ‘I’m not in that frame of mind’ or ‘I’m in the zone’.

One of the things that I try to do is to get people to come out of their every day ‘frames of mind’, to help them to understand how they get themselves into these ‘frames of mind’ and then teach them how to change the trances they have been in.

A very good example in a recent article gave great examples of  ‘trances’.


The Nutter Trance. Part 1

Have you ever been at home alone and may be decided that you wanted a cup of tea?
If so, how did you know you wanted it?

Many clients at their consultations when I ask this say “ I just thought I wanted one so I went and made it”. They listened to a voice in their head say it, so they did it. Ok I can go along with that. They did what a voice that no one else can hear told them to do. Sounds like either a trance to me or a nutter.

Can you imagine how any one who listens to these voices would feel if they said your life is no good or something else negative. What if all the voices in their head said powerfully motivating things that encouraged you.

The Nutter Trance. Part 2.

Lets revisit the kitchen again. I ask people “ have you ever been in the kitchen may be making a cup of tea, yet in your head you are running through an argument with someone”? And if so,  do you get really angry feelings in your body and get all wound up?

Usually they say “yes”

So on your own, with no one else around you are able to get your self worked up and angry.

Out of interest when you are arguing with the person, who is not there. Do you hear the argument in your head, and see them.

They usually reply “yes”

I then politely point out that they have been able to do the following.

  • Change their state.
  • Produce real feelings with no external input.
  • Create auditory hulanations.
  • Produce visual hulanations.
  • They were also able to interact with the fantasies they had created.
  • All done while they were wide awake.

Sounds a lot like hypnosis to me.

They usually get the idea at this point as I trust you have.

In order to experience hypnosis and interact with your own hypnotic adventures you do not have to be relaxed,sitting in a therapists office in a trance  – you do it any way!


If you want to learn more about hypnosis, or infact come and experience it for yourself, then please visit my website or give me a call on 01482 464928. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you could try one of my audio CDs and discover hypnosis from the comfort and safety of your own home.

The choice is yours,

Wishing you happy festive hypnosis,

Richard Scott