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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…!

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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 http://www.greymatterz.co.uk/gosmokefree.html 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

greymatterz.co.uk

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Discover the secret to a happier 2014

January 8, 2014

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It’s the eighth day of January. How are your New Year’s resolutions going so far?

Quit smoking, lose weight, perhaps you’re aspiring to achieve better health and financial security this 2014, maybe you also want to aim for a happier and more fulfilling life. There’s no exact formula for happiness. It is a product of positive habits and traits that you should incorporate in your daily life.

So, to start your year right – with lots of positivity and cheer – here are some essential tips for you:

Replace negativity and complaints with gratitude.  Our brain has the natural tendency to favour bad thoughts than the positive ones. Experts call it the “negativity bias”. But if we are going to intentionally pay more attention to positive thoughts, we can be happier.

Research by Shelley Gable of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Jonathan Haidt of the University of Virginia suggests that we actually have three times more positive experiences than negative. Try replacing negativity and complaints with gratefulness. This is a good way to train your mind to become more optimistic.

Live in the present.

Avoid hyper-focusing on the future or the past. A large body of research suggests that mindfulness or awareness of the present moment, is one key to happiness.

Laugh more.

A lot of times, we take life too seriously. Try to inject silliness in your day to day experience. Whether it’s watching a funny movie or video clip or playing charades with your friends or kids, do something that makes you laugh.

Seek your passion.

No matter how busy you are with your work or personal obligations, make it a goal to purse things or hobbies that you are passionate about. Don’t frown if you still don’t know what it is, just give yourself more time to discover and explore.

Surround yourself with cheery individuals.

Happiness is contagious. This year, try to spend more time with positive people – those who can influence to change your thoughts positively. A 2013 study by Harvard University and University of California found that a friend who lives close to the happy person has a 25 per cent higher likelihood of becoming happy too.

Get inspired.

When you are inspired, you are able to do things with enthusiasm and zeal. Find inspiration and motivation from everything, from a quote you see on the internet to a lovely song or an advice from a friend.

Recognise and accept your emotions.

It’s normal to feel sad and down at times. You don’t have to deny or ignore these unwanted feelings. You actually have to recognise them to understand their causes. This way, you can focus on the situation with mental clarity and give yourself a chance to resolve your problems in a more effective way.

Replace self-criticism with self-compassion.

Self-criticism weakens you while self-compassion strengthens your resilience, happiness and productivity. Love yourself a little more. If there’s anyone who should love you first, it should be no other but you.

Invest in healthy relationships.

Relationships are at the heart of happiness. You can find happiness in the relationships you make with other people. This year, plan to spend more time cultivating friendships. Think about how you can be a true friend to your partner, to your kids and parents, to your colleagues and all others around you.

Hope these tips can contribute to a happier and more fulfilling year in your life.
Once again, happy New Year!

Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist

www.greymatterz.co.uk

Part of the Core Health Centre

The Power of Hypnotherapy

February 1, 2013

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Despite the relatively limited size of our brains, their complex structures do have seemingly unlimited capabilities. However, structural damage, such as the death of cells and neurons, and inflammation in certain parts in the brain may affect our ability to remember some information we’ve entered to our mind. It’s not that they have totally disappeared. We just forget where we’ve hidden them. If you are having problems recalling things, names and places, you might want to consider hypnosis as part of your treatment plan.

Hypnosis and Memory

One of the most favoured tools by practitioners when it comes to helping patients deal with memory problems is hypnosis. But how does this therapy help you recall or strengthen memories?

First off, we want to understand how our memory works. Memory formation, recall and retrieval are major cognitive processes that are highly complex in nature – complex in a sense that many areas of the brain are involved. While many studies have been conducted on memory, it is still not fully understood until today.

Most of us know that memories are generally categorised into two – short-term and long-term memories. Short-term memories include names of people we are not closely affiliated with, phone numbers and other ‘not so significant’ details in our everyday life. Long-term memories on the other hand, are usually the product of different experiences, especially those that have significantly impacted our life. According to studies, long-term memories work in a two-way process. First, you store the information somewhere in your mind, and second, you recall it. In some instances however, problems occur in either the storage or the retrieval. Sometimes, the problem takes place in both.

This is where hypnotherapy comes in. The process involves increasing concentration and focusing on a limited area in the brain, to effectively trace back the path towards the ‘lost’ memory or memories. When administered by a professional practitioner, hypnosis can slow down your thinking, heighten your imagination and eliminate distractions that preventing you from retrieving such information.

If you have experienced hypnosis before, you will probably agree that this therapy is a powerful mind tool. Through hypnosis, you allow your mind to focus on the experience or memory and recall the details involved until in most cases you finally retrieve the information. Because of this, hypnotic techniques are often used in helping witnesses of crimes recall memories, especially when they are under trauma. But because of the possibility that the therapist may insert false information, the use of hypnosis in legal matters was banned. This, nevertheless, does not alter the fact that hypnosis can help retrieve memories that were trapped somewhere in our minds.

What else can hypnosis achieve?

Decades of research suggest that hypnosis is a safe and effective treatment. Other than helping us recall memories, hypnosis was also found to help manage pain during childbirth, headache, and other forms of physical pain. Clinical studies suggest that hypnosis doesn’t just reduce anxiety before an operation or pain throughout and after a surgical operation, but also cuts the time involved and lowers the risk of complications. At present, hypnosis is gaining popularity for its role in weight management, treating phobias and in helping smokers stop.

Based on these facts, we can say that hypnosis is indeed a powerful therapy that gives us a range of health benefits. Nevertheless, it is important that you seek treatment only from a qualified therapist. Seek out a licensed, certified hypnotherapist to ensure the success and safety of the treatment.

Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist at Grey Matterz

Part of 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.

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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?

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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
http://www.greymatterz.co.uk