Part two: The subconscious mind can lie

In the last post, we met Handsome Harry who sleeps around, a lot. The Macho Kid part of him thinks that he’s such a stud. But Realist Kid knows why Macho Kid pushes Harry to sleep around. It’s because Macho Kid doesn’t want Harry to ever get dumped by a woman. You see, Harry’s dad left when he was […]

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Part one: The subconscious mind can lie

In the hypnosis world, hypnotists know that the subconscious mind can tell untruths or lie. But to non-hypnotists, that sounds strange, right? Actually, if you think of the subconscious mind as being made up of 100 kids, it makes sense. I’m not saying the subconscious mind is literally composed of 100 kids; that would make your […]

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Simple Countdown

Last year I was invited to teach a hypnosis class at a gym called Studiomix in San Francisco. They’re on Van Ness Ave. @ O’Farrell (inside the AMC movie theater). Just recently I taught the hypnosis weight loss class, and I felt good teaching in a room with glass walls versus my usual conference room walls. […]

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The Change Equation

As a hypnotist, I usually hypnotize clients instead of talk about math. But I’d like to share a quick equation. Whether you want to lose weight, stop smoking, or change another habit, this equation can be a helpful framework. Below is a rough excerpt from my upcoming hypnosis book, The Change Equation. By the way, the math […]

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Part one: Hypnosis, happiness, and the crumbled cookie

I went to my bank yesterday to make a deposit. As I was walking out, I took a cookie. Sometimes they have oatmeal raisin, but yesterday it was chocolate chip. I’m allergic to gluten, so I can’t eat cookies, bread, or anything that contains wheat. Heck, even soy sauce has wheat. So why’d I take […]

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Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer

A private group in the city of Amsterdam has a new program to help alcoholics get back on their feet. No, it doesn’t involve hypnotherapy. It involves beer. This group hires alcoholics to keep the city clean, and most of the pay is in beer. This helps these men to drink less and helps prevent […]

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An unusual way to eat less of a certain food

Brigham Young University (BYU) has shown that looking at too many food pictures can decrease your enjoyment of food. http://news.byu.edu/archive13-oct-instagramfood.aspx When I read this, I thought that it made sense. After all, in real life, when you eat, you’re only looking at your plate part of the time. Looking at many, many photos simulates spending […]

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Fewer teens are smoking

A recent report shows that 5% of 10th graders smoked versus 18% at one point in the 1990s. And no, these sophomores didn’t use hypnosis to quit smoking. Fewer teens started smoking because of higher tobacco taxes. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0712-kids-wellbeing-20130712,0,7542363.story On a related note, I’ve read about factors that influence teens to behave in unhealthy ways. Some […]

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Drink diet soda, gain weight

Plenty of people drink diet soda to reduce calories, because they believe it helps with weight loss. Purdue University researchers looked at recent studies on diet sodas, and they published an opinion piece that won’t sit well with (1) diet soda makers; (2) firms that produce artificial sweeteners; (3) firms that make the natural sweetener, […]

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Drastic device to stop smoking

A man in Turkey has built a cage around his head to stop smoking. If he was in San Francisco, he could use hypnosis instead. But perhaps hypnosis is less popular in Turkey versus San Francisco. At first his story seems silly, but if you think about it more deeply, it’s a sad story. He […]

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