This blog post is a reply to a comment left by Corneliu Nicoara to our article Nicotine Replacement Therapy Products are They Good or Bad (Find Out the Truth)
I said that Allen Carr’s addiction to nicotine was cured through hypnotism and Corneliu Nicoara reacted violently.
And here was his comment.
Allen Carr said clearly in his book that he quitted in spite of the hypnotherapist, not because of him.
Before protesting, do yourself and your readers a favour and go read again… Really… Page 15.
English is obviously not your first language, as it is not mine either, but at least make an effort and find Carr’s book in your mother tongue or ask someone to help you understand the English version. Really, it’s a waste of time to discuss the subject again before you do that.
After you show me where did Allen Carr write he “was cured by being hypnotized”, please send me that book – I’ll cover the shipping and the cost of the book – and I’ll eat it page by page and post a video on YouTube, then send you the link.
Really, please consider stopping writing such misleading things without documenting them thoroughly.
You’re not helping anybody, you’re confusing smokers. And you’re teaching them to stay addicted to nicotine. – corneliunicoara.com
This comment is so stressful. The kind of stress, I believe, that is brought by nicotine deprivation.
Anyway, to answer the comment, let’s dive into the book and analyze page 15.
Page 15 – Allen Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking
Eventually my wife sent me to a hypnotherapist. I must confess that I was completely skeptical, knowing nothing about hypnosis in those days and having visions of a Svengali-type figure with piercing eyes and a waving pendulum.
I had all the normal illusions that smokers have about smoking except one I knew that I wasn’t a weak-willed person. I was in control of all other aspects of my life but cigarettes controlled me.
I thought that hypnosis involved the forcing of wills, and although I was not obstructive (like most smokers, I dearly wanted to stop), I thought no one was going to kid me that I didn’t need to smoke.
The whole session appeared to be a waste of time. The hypnotherapist tried to make me lift my arms and do various other things. Nothing appeared to be working properly. I didn’t lose consciousness.
I didn’t go into a trance, or at least I didn’t think I did, and yet after that session not only did I stop smoking but I actually enjoyed the process even during the withdrawal period.
Now, before you go rushing off to see a hypnotherapist, let me make something quite clear. Hypnotherapy is a means of communication. If the wrong message is communicated, you won’t stop smoking.
I’m loath to criticize the man whom I consulted because I would be dead by now if I hadn’t seen him. But it was in spite of him. not because of him. Neither do I wish to appear to be knocking hypnotherapy; on the contrary, I use it as part of my own consultations.
It is the power of suggestion and a powerful force that can be used for good or evil. Don’t ever consult a hypnotherapist unless he or she has been personally recommended by someone you respect and trust.
Four things I would like to point out.
First, Allen Carr said “I didn’t go into a trance, or at least I didn’t think I did, and yet AFTER that session [HYPNOTHERAPY] not only did I STOP smoking but I actually enjoyed the process even during the withdrawal period.”
Second, “Hypnotherapy is a means of communication. If the wrong message is communicated, you won’t stop smoking.” This laid the foundation of his book. He can give you suggestions by dispelling the myth about smoking. His book is so effective to most people because first, he gains the trust of his readers by sharing his experience and dispelling the false beliefs and then he communicates what he wants them to do, which is to quit smoking (like hypnotism.)
Third, which is self-explanatory, “I’m loath to criticize the man whom I consulted because I would be dead by now if I hadn’t seen him.”
And lastly since Allen has founded many quit smoking clinics around the globe, he said, “…I use it [HYPNOTISM] as part of my own consultations.”
Those sentences are self-explanatory.
Do they need any interpretations to understand them? English? Mother tongue?
I guess not.
And what is Allen Carr’s advise if you will use hypnotism?
Here is the answer: It is the power of suggestion and a powerful force that can be used for good or evil. Don’t ever consult a hypnotherapist unless he or she has been personally recommended by someone you respect and trust.
Now what is conflicting is when he said “But it was in spite of him. not because of him.” Obviously, it was not the man who cured him, it was the process called hypnotism that HELPED him quit.
It was during that session that something got planted in his mind that made him quit. It was during that session that he was made aware of something that made him an instant ex-smoker.
Did he immediately denied what just he said? Based on what I presented, it’s pretty obvious that hypnotism HELPED cure Allen Carr’s addiction.
He shared this moment in his life cause he knew that it was that “one hypnotherapy session” that helped him quit smoking. He knew that he will be able to help thousands of smokers and he knew that it was worth sharing because if not then he should have just omitted it in his book.
Now you be the judge.
Here is another excerpt from the article Quit Smoking is Easy When It’s Easy that analyzes the book which seems everything is all about hypnotism and suggestions.
Quitting is easy. Quitting is easy. Quitting is easy.
“It’s very repetitive,” says Tompkins. “And I was aware of that while reading. Like, is this some hypnosis thing?”
Carr supposedly discovered his brain-tweak following an appointment with his hypnotherapist, and many of the basic tenets of hypnosis are evident in the book. The chapters are generally three-to-four pages, subliminally prodding readers to plow through it quickly; putting down the book for the night means getting over that “oh, I guess I don’t have time for one more chapter” hump that popular novelists like Dan Brown and John Grisham have mastered. By Rick Paulas
Allen Carr is not an advocate of NRT products and he doesn’t recommend them. And that is where I disagree.
My question now is how about those people who really can’t quit?
Hypnotism is powerful but not everyone can be hypnotized.
I can’t quit cold turkey and I can’t quit despite reading dozens of books about quitting. So what am I supposed to do, wait for a terrible disease to develop and wait for the doctor to tell me, “you have to quit or else…”
I will not wait for that to happen so I tried many methods to quit and the patch helped me attain my goal.
I always recommend cold turkey, if you can do it, good for you.
I highly recommend Allen Carr’s book, although we have some differences in some areas, it really helps because of the suggestions, positive affirmations and repetitions he laid out in his book.
Basically this blog is not after the people who can quit cold turkey.
Because if they can do so, why would they need to come to our site.
This blog is for people who are having a hard time quitting. People who are suffering from relapses. People who need connection to stay an ex-smoker.
This blog is a community and we are doing our the best we could to help other smokers quit.
Since this blog was founded way back 2009, We have helped dozens of smokers quit (not thousands). We have received emails appreciating what we did for them and some even came back to share their story.
We are not confusing anyone, we are telling everything based on facts and based on experiences to help smokers quit.
So if you think this blog is not for you, then please leave.