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Quit Smoking Through NLP

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

How can I use NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) to quit smoking?

Break an automatic thought or behavior pattern and replace it with a resourceful one. We want a picture that the client gets, and that we can delete from their imagination and replace with a more empowering picture for them. Use the swish pattern for smoking cessation.

1. Recognize the automatic reaction:

Recognize the automatic reaction ( the thoughts, feelings or images that occur to you when you think of the challenging situation). Select a replacement image ( something inspiring,such as a really good outcome). That helps create a positive imagine yourself in a dissociated image ( the third perceptual position, as if you are watching yourself in a movie). Enhance the qualities, such as sub modalities, of the scene until it is as compelling as possible.

2. Determine the trigger of the negative image:

Discover what tells your mind to produce the negative image or behavior. Ask yourself what occurs just before this negative or unwanted state state begins? This time you want an associated scene ( first position, looking through your own eyes) of what is going on immediately before you engage in the unwanted activity. Remember to think in terms of sub modalities to get a detailed sense of the scene.

3. Place the replacement:

Put the replacement off in the corner of the negative image. Imagine a small, postage stamp sized version of your replacement scene in the bottom corner of the negative scene.

4. Swish the two images:

You will be making both images change simultaneously and with increasing speed. When you swish have the negative scene become smaller and shoot off in to distance. At the same time have the positive replacement image zip in closer and larger, rapidly and completely replacing the negative scene. Imagine it making a whoosh sound as it zips into place. At first you will probably do this slowly, taking a few seconds to complete the swish. As you repeat the process, you will be able to do faster and faster until you swish nearly instantaneously.

5. Repeat:

Clear your mind after each swish. This is very important. Do this by thinking of something else such as your favorite color or what you need to later. Remember to breathe easily during the swish and the breaks. Do the swish five to seven times.

6. Test:

Now try to use the limiting thought or behavior again. If You feel that you could relapse, use the swish again in a day or two, and again after a week.

7. Additional advice:

You could swish a full color image with a black and white one. You could swish by going from 3D to flat or vice versa.

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