12 May 2021
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15 days quit here. Using patches.
I did read the Allen Carr book to get psychological inspiration.
I like the fact it focuses on the benefits of quitting smoking, vs. blaming the smoker.
Another very important aspect of this book is that it tackles all the aspects we think we may "miss'' because of quitting smoking, by demonstrating that what we think we will miss, is actually an illusion.
Example: If I quit smoking, I will miss the fact that the cigarette destress me.
It is actually an illusion. Yes, the cigarette may make me feel relaxed, but only for a very short time...and a few minutes later I already need more cigarettes.
Typical scenario for me: before a job interview, I would make sure that I do have a hidden place and 1 hour free time, to chain-smoke 3 or 4 cigarettes, thinking it would make me relaxed and more successful for my job interview. It is an illusion.
Actually it makes it worse!
- Smoking 4 cigarettes before a job interview is not going to make it more pleasant or easier.
- It will create an even greater amount of stress because I will need to make sure I find the time, the place to smoke, mint candies to freshen up my breath, an access to washroom to wash my hands to remove the stench...
- It does make me feel bad to be so addicted. It diminishes my self esteem and confidence, whereas the image I want to show during the interview is that I am a poised person...
That is the type of psychological impact this book is explaining.
All the best in your journey!
Last modified on 06 Mar 2023 17:29 by yannick