- Mahatma Gandhi
The risk of developing lung cancer for Irish men will increase by 59% and by 136% for Irish woman by 2020 according to the National Cancer Registry2 and with lung cancer accounting for 20% of all deaths from cancer each year, there is a real need to stub out smoking and protect the health of
The Best Me Technique is a procedure for constructing suggestions which incorporates many different dimensions of experience -- beliefs, emotions, sensations, thoughts, motives, and expectations -- for maximum involvement and effectiveness. Best Me suggestions may be used with either hyperempiria, an alert induction based on suggestions of mind expansion and increased alertness and sensitivity, or with more traditional forms of hypnotic induction.
"This is a book for the thinking clinician" (p. 401). "The editors are to be congratulated for making this volume much more coherent than most edited books" (p. 402). "My impression is that the book is best suited for an intermediate or advanced course on hypnotherapy, or for people who are already using hypnosis in treatment. Although there is some material on the basics of hypnotic inductions and a few introductory sample scripts for inductions, a beginners'' course should probably use a different book, or this book could be accompanied by an inductions manual. ... I recommend it very highly" (p. 403).
Discusses H. Spiegel''s (see PA, Vol. 45:Issue 1) smoking treatment method comparing it to behavior therapy and suggesting modifications to treat smokers not responding to the method as described. It is suggested that certain psychological conditions must become active for nonsmoking status to be achieved or maintained including: (a) recognizing the consequences of smoking to be imminent, (b) identifying oneself as a nonsmoker, (c) expecting and wanting to participate in a satisfying future, and (d) adopting a way by which the individual can gain control over smoking. The technique outlined deals with these 4 dynamic aspects and makes a significant contribution to the treatment of the smoker''s problem. (German & Spanish summaries) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2003 APA, all rights reserved)
"Conclusion: Several methods are described wherein psycho-biologic techniques can be used with hypnotic procedures to treat excessive cigarette smoking with relatively permanent results. These techniques include symptom substitution, reeducation, reconditioning, reassurance and persuasion. The use of fantasy evocation, visual imagery, etc. by means of the hypnotic state produces an increase in the patient's responsiveness to therapy.
"Hypnosis frequently facilitates increased access to the unconscious. In both of these cases, the hypnotized subject gained contact with a thought which otherwise would likely have remained out of awareness. Then the ego quickly resorted to defensive maneuvers in order to deny the thought" (p. 6).