Breaking Bad Habits
In the course of my practice I have met many people who have fallen into the trap of unwanted behaviour – habits! These include nail biting, nervous ticks, grinding of teeth, drinking, gambling, binge eating and many more.
Habits are usually created inadvertently and slowly over time as the person repeats behaviours over and over which become accepted as normal by the subconscious mind, and so the person has what we all know as a habit, their new “normal”. However, bad habits are not normal, they are a consequence of a certain thought process that brings us to a point where we are essentially on auto pilot and feel helpless to do anything about it because the compulsion is too strong. This is untrue!
In actuality, bad habits can be overcome and neutralized quite quickly, using the power of the subconscious rather than conscious mind. If the conscious mind was equipped to do it, one would only have to tell oneself to stop and would. While some people can do it, for most it is too daunting and best be put off for another day, and so the habit persists.
Hypnotherapy goes to the source of the negative mindset, the program running in the background that transmits the urges and compulsions. That is where the cycle or loop is disrupted, the automatic behaviour interfered with so the cycle can break down and disappear. It is a painless and fast solution to what so many people think is just going to be their problem for the rest of their lives, but I am happy to say that doesn’t have to be.
David Bernstein C.H. is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in Pointe Claire, and can be reached at: