On Addiction and Hypnosis

(Epistemic Status:  Theoretical – I haven’t tested this but this post is intended to provide a tool for breaking unwanted addictions)

CONTENT WARNING: This post contains a hypnotic script – the intended effect is to install an unpleasant nausea sensation when doing a physical motion associated with an addiction that you no longer wish to have.  If this is not an effect you desire, please Ctrl-F to “End”

EDIT:  Added warning – this is probably bad for people with scrupulosity issues.  If you tend to already feel pretty bad about your use of time, this isn’t for you)

Begin

(Read this as slowly as you need to in order to let your focus rest on my words)

Hello there.

I hope you are doing well.

Today, I would like to help you with something.

Would you like my help? Say yes or no aloud.

Yes? Very good.

Before we start, I want you to focus on your breathing. Notice how you are breathing in and out.

Keep your rate steady…breathing in

Breathing out

Breathing in

Breathing out

Keep focusing on your breathing…

Notice your body. Notice the tension

In your back, in your legs, in your shoulders

Wherever that tension might be

Focus on your breathing

Slowly release the tension from these areas

Start with your legs

Focus on your breathing

Let yourself relax deeper and deeper as you untense your body

Feel them unwind, your legs untensing as you focus on your screen

Focus on your breathing

Move your attention upward, feel the tension in your hips

Let that tension go

Focus on your breathing

Let yourself relax deeper and deeper as you untense your body

Move your attention upward, feel the tension in your back and stomach

Focus on your breathing

Unclench your stomach, relax your lower back

Let yourself relax deeper and deeper as you untense your body

Move your attention upward, feel the tension in your chest and shoulders

Focus on your breathing

Relax your chest, let your shoulders fall

Let yourself relax deeper and deeper as you untense your body

Move your attention upwards, feel the tension in your upper back and neck

Focus on your breathing

Allow your shoulderblades to fall, let your neck droop

Let yourself relax deeper and deeper as you untense your body

Move your attention upwards, to your head

Focus on your breathing

You might feel tension in your head, around your temples or forehead

Release that tension – it has no place here

You feel very good and relaxed

Let yourself relax deeper and deeper as you untense your body

Focus on your breathing

You might be feeling your eyes droop – that’s ok, you only need to be able to read the text

I’m going to bring you into trance now that you’re feeling relaxed

I’ll be counting up to 10

Ready?

1 – You feel relaxed, focused on these words

2 – You feel more deeply relaxed

3 – You feel yourself falling deeper and deeper into trance

4 – You feel so relaxed and entranced right now

5 – You feel even more deeply entranced

6 – You feel yourself falling deeper and deeper and deeper into trance

7 – You feel relaxed, entranced, and focused on your screen

8 – You feel even more deeply rested and relaxed

9 – You feel yourself falling deeper and deeper and deeper into trance

10 – You are in a state of trance

Now, you asked me for some help with something earlier – do you know what you want help with?

Say yes or no aloud.

Yes? Focus in on what you’d like help with – you will be thinking of an addiction that you no longer wish to have – a behavior that you engage in habitually that you do not want. It might be something like smoking or drinking. It might be something like videos games or television. If might be something other than this – and that’s ok.

I want you to think about what you do when engaging this behavior. Visualize yourself doing this activity. I want you to physically make the motion of doing this activity. If smoking is your vice, I want you bring your fingers to your lips, like you are taking a drag of a cigarette. If it is a game you want to no longer play, I want you to go through the clicks or gestures it takes to open the application.

Now, I want you focus on what you are feeling from that experience.

I want you to focus on how the motions of your addiction make you feel.

I want you to pay attention to all of your feelings – the expectation, the joy, the guilt, anything you might have felt.

Hold that feeling.

You can take some time to hold this feeling.

Do you understand how it feels? Say yes or no aloud.

Yes?

I want you to imagine a new feeling

This feeling is a physical sensation

Think about a time you’ve felt nauseous

Feel the rolling of your stomach, the queasiness at your core

Feel the dizziness, dazedness of that nausea

Feel that sensation of being on the edge of throwing up

Do you understand how it feels? Say yes or no aloud.

Yes?

Now add that feeling to what you feel when you start your addiction – do the same physical motion you did before

Hold the feelings from before

Add that nauseous feeling you just felt

Now, I want you to do that again

Do the same physical motion you did before

Hold the feelings from before

Add that nauseous feeling you just felt

Now, I want you to do that again

Do the same physical motion you did before

Hold the feelings from before

Add that nauseous feeling you just felt

Now, I want you to do that again

Do the same physical motion you did before

Hold the feelings from before

Add that nauseous feeling you just felt

Now, I want you to do that again

Do the same physical motion you did before

Hold the feelings from before

Add that nauseous feeling you just felt

Do you understand how this feels? Say yes or no aloud.

Yes?

Now, I want you to release all the earlier feelings

Let go of the nausea, the unpleasantness

Let go of the feelings from your addiction

I want you to hold a new feeling

Focus on your breathing

Relax.

Focus on your breathing

Relax.

Focus on your breathing

Relax.

Are you relaxed? Say yes or no aloud.

If the answer is no – reread the above and focus on your breathing

Relax.

If the answer is yes – Good.

I want you to feel relaxed, refreshed, and aware again

What you did just now will stay with you

If you engage in your addiction, you will feel nauseous

I will give you something else

When you choose not to engage in your addiction, you will feel relaxed and refreshed

When you choose not to engage in your addiction, you will feel relaxed and refreshed

When you choose not to engage in your addiction, you will feel relaxed and refreshed

Very good.

Our time is coming to a close

I’m going to count down from 5

You will be leaving trance

5 – You feel yourself floating upwards, less drawn to my words

4 – You feel a little more aware of your surroundings

3 – You feel able to move, to stretch

2 – You feel more awake, aware, refreshed

1 – You feel like you’re leaving trance

0 – You are awake, aware, refreshed, as if you’ve awoken from a nap

END

The above script is meant to address object level addictions. In particular, I expect it is a tool that can counter the habits that various games and electronic media install, if you wish. You can use it for other habits – in a sense, it is installing an ugh field around an activity you’ve lost control of via simple conditioning. On the meta level, this is meant to illustrate a certain concept about human behavior.

Humans will do the thing that is easiest for them to do.

“Easiest” sometimes manages to stretch over a longer timescale, which is related to “willpower,” but most frequently, people’s speed of consciousness choices are made based on an extremely limited possibility space that is mostly directed by affect and effort. The hypnosis script above makes it harder to do an addictive thing, which makes relative costs of other actions cheaper/easier. As such –

You can make an action harder until it leaves possibility space.

The inverse is also true and possibly more interesting.

You can make an action easier until it enters possibility space.

The above statement how one creates an ugh field breaker.

 

Discussion questions: If you used the above hypnotic script, did it help you break an addiction? What other ways have you made undesired behaviors harder. How would you make desired behaviors easier? As a meta note, should I write more posts that use hypnosis to demonstrate concepts?

 

 

2 thoughts on “On Addiction and Hypnosis

  1. Ok I really wanted to read that hypnosis script but I have hella scrupulousity issues so I’m glad you warned for that and now I also really want to read a script that you wrote which is *not* this script so I am super in favour of you writing more scripts.

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