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01-14-2007, 06:56 PM
Has anyone used hypnosis or self-hypnosis to deal with food/eating issues?
I just read the book The Self Hypnosis Diet by by Steven, Ph.D. Gurgevich, and Joy Gurgevich. It's not a diet at all, which they keep saying, ROFL, but a collection of success techniques that are realized through the practice of self-hypnosis.
I thought I knew what hypnosis was, but their work corrected my thinking, and is so greatly encouraging and teaching me! I'm quite excited! the book is brilliant, IMO.
Link to the book:
01-14-2007, 07:27 PM
Well, I have to say that hypnosis didn't work for me. LOL. Every time I tell this story I start laughing...
I've been a binge eater all of my life, so when I became a teenager I started to work on that. When I was seventeen I secretly went with a school friend of mine to the basement of a Ramada Inn to see a hypnotist. At seventy five bucks a pop we were sitting in a small conference room full of old farts who looked like they never touched a vegetable. The guy started the hypnosis and I was conscious and aware the whole time. I wanted so desperately for it to work but it was clear that it was a fraud. After the hypnosis he said that we had to continue the work. We had to buy chromium pecolonate(sp?) and listen to his cassett tape for 15 minutes every morning. I didn't continue.
That was just my experience. I'm not trying to be a buzz kill, just after that experience I came to the conclusion that hypnosis wasn't something to depend on. Since then I really tried to find the strength within myself and raw was the thing that really completed my mind-body-soul connection.
But who knows, it may work for some people.
01-14-2007, 08:34 PM
I have been trying it for a little while, and think its really cool. THey have some emotional eating/ binge eating ones that I listen to. Hypnosis apparently isn't as elusive and impossible as we have been taught to believe. Instead its apparently just a relaxed and concentrated state where we have complete control- so we ARE aware the whole time. I dunno! Its worth trying!
01-14-2007, 11:05 PM
StudentForLife, you aren't a buzz kill at all. :D
What you experienced doesn't even remotely fit the description given in this book. They describe it as being much more akin to the state that children are in when they play pretend. They claim that you remain in control at all times and are never NOT conscious. To me, if I was going to try to write a description of self-hypnosis (my very brief involvement to date notwithstanding, :rolleyes: ) , I'd have to say it's like meditation with a directed purpose and expected outcome.
The guy you saw may or may not have been a fraud. If he wasn't a fraud, then it begs the question as to why he charged such a large price and why he wanted to sell you more stuff.
I'm very moved by the content of this book and the CD that comes with it. I was thinking of contacting the author's private practice for some exercises that were more custom taylored to my needs, but last night I had a big breakthrough in one of the sections of the CD, and this morning I started writing what I would MOST need to hear on a personalized CD, and wound up spending several hours writing very powerful stuff in several categories. I'm going to record it on my own CD and use it the way they suggest you use their CD.
Sungoddess, I'd love to hear where you got your materials and what outcomes you've experienced so far.
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