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Confession: I Was A Hypnotist Who Smoked Cigarettes

“Giving up smoking is easy…I’ve done it hundreds of times.” ~Mark Twain

It’s true. For a majority of my career as a hypnotist, while I was helping people quit smoking, I also smoked. I know that makes me seem like a hypocrite and I would agree.

I started smoking a few years before I started my career in hypnosis. Smoking made be feel independent and rebellious. I also knew no good would come of smoking but, like every smoker, I suppressed that thought with a double dose of justification and denial.  Also like many smokers, I quit smoking many times. What I want to share with you is what got me over the hump and made stay a non-smoker.

The turning point came for me when I realized that, while I liked smoking, and sometimes really wanted/craved a cigarette, I liked being a non-smoker even more. The change happened when I made smoking about my self image and self-esteem.

Many of us use a habit like smoking to distract us from something deeper, to keep us from facing a problem that might be easier to ignore. I thought I had a healthy self-esteem but I surrounded myself with un-supportive people and isolated myself from people who really cared about me. I was figuratively alone and used smoking to prop myself up and “be a man”.  Even now it sounds kind of pitiable.

Deciding to be a non-smoker and give up smoking was the most positive rebellion I could have designed against a half-lived life. When I quit smoking a lot of things changed. I began to treat myself with more respect and care. The most difficult part was ending the relationships that didn’t support my emotional well being.

As a result of all that I’m more dedicated than ever to helping people become non-smokers. Long term smokers are now the people I seek out the most to help. I want them to have the same change I did.

For some people, that simple message is enough to make them reconsider smoking. For others it can be a lot harder, I know! That is why I love helping people quit smoking and it’s why I developed my Quit Smoking CD and Download.

With the Quit Smoking CD and Download you don’t have to make an appointment with me or anyone. You just have to decide you’re ready to quit smoking.

With the Quit Smoking CD and Download you don’t have to pay $400 for my stop smoking program. It’s only $49.95, the cost of 5 to 8 packs of cigarettes.

With the Quit Smoking CD and Download you don’t have to schedule an appointment with a hypnotist. You follow the instructions and decide for yourself when you’re ready to quit.

With the Quit Smoking CD and Download you don’t have to worry. If you decide you want to work one-on-one with me instead, I’ll give you a $100 discount on my hypnosis program.

GET THE CD HERE AT THIS LINK.

GET THE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD WITH THIS LINK

Quit Smoking Audio CD & Download

If you know a smoker who wants to quit, forward this to them. I’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Warmly,
David Barron, New Hampshire Hypnosis

How Much Is Hypnosis Worth?

Are you shopping for a hypnotist?
Are you wondering what you should pay for hypnosis?

Let me offer a perspective that comes from 20 years as a professional hypnotist.

It’s understandable that you be shopping for the best deal. What you’ll find in terms of payment for hypnosis services will vary widely. Here is what you may find:

  • $50-$100 a session and recommend 5 sessions.
  • One session $200-$500. Period. Often referred to as the “One Session Wonder”.
  • Multiple sessions over weeks costing $1200-$5000.

For a moment put aside any thought of what you’ll be paying. Consider what you want instead. Most people want a result. They want to be free of tobacco cravings, or anxiety. They want to get rid of their late night snacking habit or to deal with stress more productively.

Think about the RESULT you want and ask yourself  “how much would I pay for that”? Depending on how important the change is you might be willing to pay a LOT. What you want is a RESULT not just a good deal.  There should be other considerations than price.

Most importantly, you should feel confidence in the hypnotist you hire.

Here’s what you can expect from New Hampshire Hypnosis when it comes to service and cost. The cost of a hypnosis program is $400. A hypnosis program includes three mandatory sessions and unlimited follow-up sessions as needed. As of today, June 2018, no one pays for hypnosis, they pay for a result. Sessions are usually a week apart. After the third session, if the client feels more work is needed there’s no additional charge.

If you have any further questions about hypnosis, please call New Hampshire Hypnosis (603) 589-8033 and my secretary will transfer you directly to me, your hypnotist, David Barron.


David Barron has helped over 10,000 people since he began his profession hypnosis practice in 1998. He is the author of several books on hypnosis and influence and teaches hypnosis to qualified professionals.

Common Sense and Hypnosis

I love that quote. Everyone I work with wants to do common sense things that should be easy to do. They want to stop smoking, eat right, control anxiety, focus on important areas of life and avoid distractions.  All of these things are just common sense.

  • It’s common sense to not smoke tobacco.
  • It’s common sense to eat healthy foods.
  • It’s common sense to get physical activity.
  • It’s common sense that speaking to groups of people should be easy.

These things should be easy … but they are not.  If gaining this level of control were easy people wouldn’t need a hypnotist.  A lot of people will explain that they “can’t get our of my own way.”

Hypnosis is designed to create the “ideal conditions” where doing the commons sense things are simple, easy and automatic.

People wonder what the experience of hypnosis is like to make such a dramatic, and common sense, change.  I remind people that it’s all about directing the attention to the right things. The hypnotist is the tour guide, your job is to do the “heavy lifting” by simply following the hypnotists instruction. Most of the time the feeling you get in hypnosis is so positive and pleasant it’s amazing. A lot of people feel so dramatically better they’re smiling and laughing at the end of the session.  Yes, it’s an “ideal condition” for being able to do what is just common sense.

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Give New Hampshire Hypnosis a call. Many of our clients work with us through video conferencing, making the process even more convenient.  Call our office (603)589-8033

What makes a good hypnotist?

I’ve been working on another book about hypnosis and wrote a chapter called “The Hypnotist as Authority”. I realized what I wrote applies to more than just hypnotists.  The idea of having authority is a powerful tool anyone can use.  As I’ve written, being an authority is about constantly working to keep your life in order. I’m certainly not saying that I have no challenges, just that constantly working on being a better person has some real long term benefits. Those people who seem to have some sense of authority are constantly working to “get their act together”.  A hypnotist who has such authority is one I respect.

Here’s the excerpt on Authority.

The Hypnotist as Authority

As a hypnotist your responsibility is to give instructions (some say “suggestions”) to your client so they end up making the changes they want in their life. In that relationship of hypnotist/subject you are the authority, the person being relied on and trusted to lead them. You are an authority in your field. That doesn’t mean you boss them around barking hypnotic commands and instruction. It mean you must behave in a way the makes them want to follow you.

Authority is demonstrated by more than just confidence. Authority is demonstrated by having your act together and being a healthy well rounded person, comfortable with what you are doing and confident in your ability.

Small changes you can make can immediately enhance your authority. Here are a few:  

Be clean, well groomed and dress professionally.

Make your surroundings clean and professional looking.

Be on time.

Display certificates, awards and diplomas, news articles related to you.

Always sit above eye level of your hypnosis subject.

Be prepared for every meeting. Call your client by name and know what you will be doing.

Be unhurried in your actions, authorities are in control and have no need to rush.

Remove all filler words from your speech like “um”, “ah”, “you know”. They demonstrate a lack of discipline and uncertainty.

Be comfortable with silence. If you finish a sentence or ask a questions, SHUT UP and wait for reply.

Be comfortable making eye contact.

Avoid touching your face while speaking. This is a comforting behavior that demonstrates insecurity.

Listen intently. Make the other person feel interesting and important.

Give direction. Instruct your client where to sit and what to do. Don’t ask them, just tell them then shut up.

Show acceptance, appreciation and approval toward your client.

NEVER criticize or belittle your client (or anyone else).

Talk about yourself rarely and only if it will benefit the other person. They are not there to hear about you.

Let nothing surprise you.

Seeing authority from a bigger perspective there are a lot of things you can do to “get your act together”. You’ll notice the items on the next list are not things you can simply do and move on. They involve every part of your life and should be regularly focused on.

Live in a clean and organized environment. That means making your bed, have a clean car.

Get your finances in order. Pay your bills. Get rid of any debt.

Have a life outside of your work. Make it fun.

Keep your word.

Manage your time. Plan your day by prioritizing the activities of your day. Focus on the activities that have the long term payoffs.

Be a nice person. Treat the people in your life with love and respect.

Get the rest your body needs. Make it a part of your plan.

Exercise regularly.

Start your day early. That requires going to bed at the right hour.

Have fun.

Accept responsibility for your life.

Meditate on the phrase “How you do anything is how you do everything.”

Practice gratitude.

As mentioned real authority comes when you have all your life together. In that way there is nothing external, outside of the hypnosis practice, to distract you. Having your act together is a much longer term endeavor which has no conclusion.

 

The Unseen Expense of Smoking

Simply knowing you should quit smoking isn’t usually enough to make it happen. Warning labels on cigarette packages become just another form of white noise…even though you know they are right. An annoying cough and heaviness in your chest begs you to quit smoking. In spite of the impact to your health there is a considerable negative impact on something else – your pocketbook.

Is It Overlooking the Obvious or Denial?

Throwing a few dollars toward a pack of smokes seems harmless, like the cost to your health, smoking has a cumulative impact on your long term finances.  Considering the big picture of how small expense add up you should remember that According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the average cost of a pack of cigarettes is $6.28, which means a pack-a-day habit sets you back $188 per month or $2,292 per year. Ten years of smoking comes with a $22,920 price tag.

If you’re thinking electronic cigarettes are less expensive you would be wrong. It’s just another way to feed a habit that dose more harm than good to your health and finances. A pack of cigarettes you smoke carries an additional $35 in health-related costs.

Think of the BIGGER expense

The cost of smoking adds up and costs you in more ways than you can first imagine. Health and Money are just the most obvious there is also a risk of lost respect in a world where smoking is no longer a respectable pastime. Smoking also sets an example to the people you most care about. The costs keep going up and up.

You are a wiser person when you decide to stop smoking. You will also discover that you are a stronger person too. Hypnosis has been shown to be one of the most effective methods to become a lifelong non-smoker.

Make the call.

Big Tobacco Wants Your Young

Fresh information has surfaced lately about the activities of Big Tobacco companies in markets over the developing world. One investigation by Reuters news agency revealed the facts of how Philip Morris International has been targeting young adults, teenagers and the younger generation in India through colourful advertising and promotions at night clubs and parties in large cities like Delhi. In Uganda, British American Tobacco has won the best battle to limit the expansion of health alerts on packets and point-of-sale displays.

For those who have studied a brief history of the tobacco industry, these tactics will come as no surprise. In the developing world, Big Tobacco seemingly is replicating the advertising strategies which it first performed in countries like Britain more than 60 years ago.

Public health efforts in Traditional western countries have proved effective in changing the regulation and stubbing these away – and subsequently improving the decline in smoking rates. It is this experience that has made some tobacco companies so determined to fight against similar public health  procedures in the developing world.

A historical perspective, then, can be useful in illuminating their strategies, aiding to  make clear why the tobacco industry is so protective of its marketing activities.

Introducing researching the market

Cigarettes are a fairly standardized product.  Right now there are  only a few properties that can be altered to distinguish one brand from another,  which explains why advertising is so important. It’s through marketing and advertising that different brands distinguish themselves about what remains a crowded  industry.

Data from OECD Factbook 2013.
This was especially  apparent in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s, when the  United kingdom  tobacco industry resumed advertising cigarettes following a calm down, quiet, quieten in sales during the period of rationing that trailed World War 2. Powered by the  growing techniques of researching the market, tobacco companies started out tailoring their promotions to specific demographics.

In particular, studies of the reasons of consumers in the mid-1950s emphasized essential young people were for cigarette manufacturers. Market research for  Imperial Tobacco, for example, found that: “The maintenance and stability of the cigarette market  hinged in large measure on the regular recruitment of youth (age 15-23, roughly) to the cigarette smoking habit. ”

To accomplish this, admen suggested a host of advertising themes and marketing promotions that they thought would charm to young people. They will talk  about a brandname having a particular “atmosphere” or “identity”, and marketing activities were designed to  improve this.

For instance, the tobacco manufacturer WD & HO Wills introduced a new filter-tipped brand in 1960, Strand cigarettes.  Advertising campaigns featured a lone  shape  – the Strand man – stalking in  relation to city at night time , smoking. The tag line went: “You’re never alone with a Strand.”

Loneliness, and the advice that Strand cigarettes could help you overcome it, were emphasized in the campaign because it was believed this will resonate with young people. Researching the market at the time revealed that youth was a time of heightened low self-esteem, with young people socializing and going out more as they entered the adult world. The  advertising presented Strand cigarettes as a foil to this – a social brace to occupy yourself with when social situations became awkward or else you} found yourself alone.

Sell Cigarettes to the young

Furnished with this knowledge of young people and the social  practices  tobacco companies also started out supporting their ad promotions by running promotions, which took place at various commercial leisure venues.  Another instance, in support of their Bachelor cigarettes brand, John Player & Sons ran a competition in the early 1960s which created at Mecca Dance halls up and down the country.

Dubbed the “Ideal Bachelor Competition”,   contestants and their dance partners could earn prizes of cigarettes and money by dancing the “Bachelor Quickstep” and  giving an answer to several questions. All participants had to be be under 40, and a panel of six young women picked the winner, basing their decision on the “Qualities of an Ideal Bachelor”. These included qualities you might expect, such as having a “bright and cheerful personality”, “a smart appearance” and a “good steady job”.

Events such as this provided a tobacco companies a way to promote their brand and skirt normal rules of advertising.

The tobacco industry focuses on young people because they’re impressionable. Their product and brand preferences are not yet set, and they tend to be  ready  to experiment. Companies need new generations of  people who smoke to sustain sales,

Quit Smoking NOW!

It doesn’t matter your age. Anyone who smokes can quit smoking. If you’re ready to become a non-smoker contact our office now. (603)589-8033

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Big Tobacco is Making it Hard to Quit Smoking

It’s true smoking is becoming less acceptable in modern society, but the tobacco industry is finding it’s ways around that by making other tobacco products cheaper and more available. This includes the promotion of roll your own products as well as buying cigarette cartons direct from the factory. This is especially true in the United Kingdom where regulations on tobacco are more lax than in America.

These efforts by Big Tobacco are less concerned with getting new tobacco users as they are with digging their addictive claws deeper into existing users. Certainly cheaper tobacco products provide an easier introduction to smoking but Big Tobacco is more interested in the long term support provided by addicted smokers. Many smokers have discovered they can maintain their habit by simply switching brands, with some brands comparable in cost cigarettes at the 2002 average.

As the budget of the average smoker in the UK declines tobacco companies are compensating by providing a wider range of brands and costs. The United States has help to demonstrate by increasing tobacco price as one of the best deterrents to reduce smoking. Always thinking long term profits Big Tobacco has countered by an increase in availability of cheaper products in conventional stores to thwart public health campaigns.

Knowing smoking rates are significantly higher among poorer communities, disadvantaged smokers are more likely to use cheap tobacco. The availability of cheap cigarettes could also be contributing to the widening socio-economic disparities associated with smoking.

All The More Reason To Quit Smoking

The reasons to quit smoking are many with health and money being the most common. In the light of this information there is also a more socially conscious reason. Every cigarette represents a loss of income from the poor to the over privileged tobacco industry. Tobacco use also acts as a devious way to redirect control from the poor to the rich. The only real solution to this is to make quitting smoking a social movement of, by and for the economic underclass.

For more information on my guaranteed quit smoking program please use the contact form on this website.

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“I can’t be hypnotized!” Yes, you can.

“I can’t be hypnotized!” Yes, you can.

Probably due to basic misconceptions about hypnosis there are people who firmly believe they cannot be hypnotized.

There are several reasons for this belief and by talking about them I’ll be better able to discuss hypnosis in general.

Do your research and you’ll uncover this definition of hypnosis: “Hypnosis is a process of changing behaviors by bypassing the conscious mind critical factor to make acceptable change at a subconscious level.

What is hypnosis like?

What that doesn’t explain is what hypnosis is like to someone who has never experienced it. As a result people take stories and hearsay to create their beliefs about hypnosis. Much of what people are exposed to about hypnosis is so fantastical they can’t imagine being able to be hypnotized.

My first response to someone who says “I can’t be hypnotized” is to explain that hypnosis is simply an intense and pleasant state of focus. Thus it’s a natural process that occurs under certain conditions. Because it’s all about paying attention the only people who can’t be hypnotized either don’t have an attention span or can’t/won’t follow instructions.

People will sometimes say it as a challenge “You can’t hypnotize me”. In many of these cases they believe hypnosis is a contest of wills with the hypnotist dominating the subject so there is a natural defensiveness. To these people I say “You may be right. I can’t hypnotize people who can’t follow instructions or simply aren’t able to pay attention. But if you like we could do a small test to make sure you’re not one of those people.” From there I demonstrate how simply paying attention can make dramatic changes to perception.

The only example of people where I’ve had problems hypnotizing were people so anxious it pulls their attention away from everything else. These so-called difficult people can still be hypnotized by using different tactics to help them redirect their attention.

The bottom line is you CAN be hypnotized if you want and if you are willing to follow instruction.

Want to find out more?  Call my office (603)589-8033

Hypnosis For Pain Control 

According to an article published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Mindfulness training and hypnotic suggestion significantly reduced acute pain experienced by hospital patients.The study took place over a year involving 244 patients at the Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. When testing three different methods of pain control, hypnosis yielded the best results. This was done with only the most basic of training in hypnosis, performed by social workers. There are in fact countless studies on hypnosis and pain relief. Some people even come to us before a surgery to prepare for it. 

You can be free from physical pain through Hypnotherapy

What does this mean to you? Firstly, hypnosis is a scientifically tested non-drug option for pain control. You can experience good results from only a minimal amount of hypnotherapy, imagine the possibility of success with a 20 year veteran hypnotist who has specialized in helping people who are suffering with debilitating pain. New Hampshire Hypnosis has been in operating since 2009. Chief hypnotist, David Barron has been a professional clinical hypnotist since 1998. 

Are you curious about using Hypnosis to free yourself from pain?

If you would like more information on how pain can be controlled through hypnosis contact New Hampshire Hypnosis at (603)589-8033. Our pain control hypnosis model requires 3 sessions and most people achieve the result they are seeking from the very first session. By the time you are done you won’t have the shackles of pain dragging you down and keeping you hostage. Imagine your life as a person who is liberated and has a new lease on life. Regardless of what you may have been told the pain you are feeling is part of a warning system your body has set up as a defense. Even chronic pain can be overcome through the thorough mental conditioning that occurs when your subconscious mind is satisfied that there isn’t anything you should worry about.