Our trilogy of smoking hypnosis programmes concludes with this brief episode, challenging the unconscious resort to a cigarette in stressful situations such as handling a difficult telephone call. It might help plant a seed for ideas to help cope with a variety of difficult times, and helps move those unconscious reactions into conscious choices for the better.
Following on from last week's episode, Adam questions the inner dialogue that binds people to unconscious habits like smoking. Using the metaphor of a cage, he asks why people who have experienced a sense of freedom outside the cage should allow any addiction to draw them back within it.
For those who have smoked for years, it can join many of other daily actions in becoming almost automatic in certain situations or circumstances. If you're resolved to give it up, it's therefore a good idea to try to break these neural pathways so that the subconscious no longer reaches for a cigarette without thinking. Adam Cox uses a technique called 'staged disassociation' to interrupt these pathways and help to remove those historical triggers.
There are things with which we just can't cope, and one such may well be vomit. Adam Cox tackles a pair of beliefs - that vomit is horrific, and an inability to cope with severe anxiety or terror - by changing these mindsets into alternative understandings: this approach can be much more effective than de-sensitisation. The episode can be used to tackle other phobias such as arachnophobia - so if you suffer from these unpleasant things, give it a try
It's not unusual to associate people who are financially successful with character flaws - perhaps a ruthless personality, perhaps a focus on the 'self': this can result in irrational spending when good fortune appears in order to return to one's perceived former state of equilibrium. This episode uses concepts of hypnotic wealth to help come to terms with this challenge.
Building confidence to deal with interviews and applications for promotion can be challenging when potential role models appear boastful or arrogant — behaviour one might not want to copy. So it can be useful to seek out an example of someone who not only has the necessary confidence but also the characteristics one might wish to emulate. This approach is known as a circle of excellence or, as Adam Cox describes it, a cylinder of confidence.
Adam Cox explores tapping into HNWI (High Net Worth Individual) resources to develop potential coping strategies - towards spending, resourcefulness and productivity. His client in this episode, faced with a potentially lower life expectancy, is keenly aware that 'you can't take it with you' - so what are the options?
Do your standards in general life extend into your choice of food? Excess carbohydrates and junk food can lead to excess weight and all sorts of other health problems: so extending high principles that you have in other areas can really benefit your life and help you to make healthy choices.
People's approaches towards money vary widely; issues of relative abundance and scarcity combine with motives of generosity to produce a wide array of psychological attitudes. What parents do for their children, personal sacrifices, feelings of guilt and putting the interests of others before yourself - these are all familiar themes. This episode tackles these different attitudes, and reaches into our ability to scale the impact we can make, and what legacy it could create.
Childhood memories are crafted in our experience at the time they are created, but what if we could re-visit them in the light of all we have learnt and experienced in the years in between? Adam Cox uses a technique called regression in this episode which allows us to re-live a moment in the past from a different perspective, bringing new meaning and perhaps emotion, and potentially making a positive change for both the present and the future.
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