So if smoking addiction is not really a physical addiction, why can’t I just stop? You have probably tried more than once before…
In your conscious mind you know smoking is bad for you.
We all know that smokers have a high risk of developing lung cancer and emphysema, for example. Every time you buy cigarettes or tobacco you will see the graphic images on the packets of destroyed lungs and amputations as a result of smoking. If your decision making involved the conscious mind and the conscious mind only, would you continue to smoke?
It wouldn’t make sense, would it? So why do you continue to smoke?
Well the reason is, by now this psychological addiction to smoking is handled by your subconscious mind not your conscious mind.
The conscious mind, our day time waking mind, has only so much capacity to process information. So when your system deems conscious awareness is no longer necessary to carry out a task successfully, the sequence is then handed over to the subconscious.
After some time in the conditioning process, you stopped being consciously aware of your smoking triggers, physical responses and belief systems. The entire process became automated. Most of the decision making around smoking then happens at a subconscious level. In other words, it happens in realms of thought you hardly notice.
It’s like learning to drive a car. Initially you had to think about every single move you made. Then you became more and more comfortable driving. Driving was handed over to the subconscious mind. Nowadays, you’d find it hard to explain how exactly to change gears. Your subconscious knows how to. You don’t have to think about it anymore.
With smoking, that is exactly where the problem is. The habit is now out of conscious awareness. There are emotions driving it. And, like it or not, emotions will usually win out over rational thought. So you continue to smoke.
As a result, you don’t know where to start to dismantle this complex psychological addiction to smoking now that the ‘habit’ has become automatic.
That’s why you can’t just stop smoking.
And that’s where stop smoking hypnosis comes in.
Read on to find out how hypnosis helps me to change my habits - https://www.hypnotherapykat.com.au/post/how-does-hypnosis-help-me-change-my-subconscious-habits