Why Repression doesn’t work.

I am always pleased to see smokers quit smoking, regardless of how they stopped. The method is less important than the result. We do, however, want to stack the odds in our favor whenever possible.

I recently had a conversation with a Smoker who told me that when he gets the urge to smoke, he induces a mantra trying to convince himself that he doesn’t want to smoke…Telling himself that he doesn’t want to smoke (while actually experiencing a craving) is an attempt to convince the mind that the reality of wanting to smoke is not happening, when in fact, it actually is.

Here was my reply to this Gentleman:

This sounds like a combination of self-hypnosis and aversion therapy. These techniques will work for many people in the short run, but fighting gets tiring. The repressed urges persist while the short term motivation used does not. The smoker tires quickly and caves in after the short term success (if any).

Consider this:

Rather than set up a long hard uphill battle with smoking urges, why not remove the built-in failure of aversion therapy?

Why not learn how to deal with the problem directly rather than trying to pretend that the problem doesn’t exist?

Why not join a free open forum to discuss solutions to things like repression, weight gain, and irritability and prepare a program of concrete action that will work for you every time ?

Please join the forum and peruse the various topics. We welcome and encourage your comments and feedback.

What has been your experience with Repression?

John Turco

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