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Elements Of A Smoking Habit

Feb 9, 2008
Imagine you wanted to start a habit. A strong, automatic way of thinking and acting. How do you start a habit like this? There are three basic ways; emotions, authority figures, and repetition.

Example:

Let's just use a younger you for the example, 10-14 years old. And for this example, let's use the habit of smoking. If you don't smoke.... replace the word "smoking" with any craving you get, or just pretend you smoke? It is an article about smoking after all.

So when you were around that age I think we can safely assume you were learning about life and how you fit into it. If you were like most kids, you weren't as confident about yourself as you would be later in life.

Maybe you felt self-conscious, dependant on others, powerless, not good enough, or something like these. We'll refer to this as feeling "bad". Now, this does not necessarily mean you felt miserable, but did you feel as "good" as you wanted to feel? Did you feel as "good" as you believed other people felt?

Maybe, maybe not. If you sometimes felt "bad" you probably wanted to feel better, you wanted to feel "good". What your mind would see as an answer to this problem would depend upon your experiences and life lessons up to that point. Right?

Experiences that teach you smoking is strong, capable, tough, independent, self-assured, unique, and feels "good". Experiences that involve emotions, authority figures and repetition. Of course advertisements do this, so do parents and family members. Are these experiences repeated? Of course.

Your mind would develop a craving for the very thing it believes is in your best interest. The thing that will make you feel better. A craving that is a "feeling", separate from a "knowing".

Then at some point you tried your first cigarette, and DID feel better. But you were not very good at smoking yet and since it made you feel better, you practiced it until you were good at it.

As life continues you come across situations that make you feel "bad" again and do what you've been taught makes you feel "good". That is repeated emotions and practice and you have a strong habit.

If you've tried to stop smoking before, you may have already thought of these things. And you've spent time thinking and analyzing your habit. But, you didn't learn this habit by thinking and analyzing, so why would trying to quit smoking that way?

It is a lot easier to quit smoking with the same methods you started smoking with. A "hypnotized" state of mind combined with emotions, authority figures and repetition. Often called modern hypnosis.
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