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3/13/2005

Probably unoriginal psychological and, or, neurological question.

If a person with a child and an addiction to something is given the hypnotic suggestion that the child will die if said person resumes use of the item of addiction, where even being in its tangible presence will act as a trigger for the hypnotic suggestion to repeat in that person's mind until the person stops any attempt at using the item, and the person uses it despite believing, presumably, in the cost of use, the child's death, what does that say about the person? What does it say in general. I don't know, but I am curious. If someone would like to answer this as best as possible, please do so. Thank you.

1 Comments:

  • You wrote:
    "and the person uses it despite believing, presumably, in the cost of use, the child's death, what does that say about the person?"

    Addictions are caused by a chemical process that occurs in the brain, albeit due to an overabundance of or lack of the chemical neurotransmitters that govern particular behaviors. While hynpnosis therapy boasts great sucesses, even in my own treatment for a phobia of needles, the phobia is nonetheless ever present. Hypnosis merely gives me the tools to lessen the intensity of the 'triggers' that cause me to panic.

    With this said, I do not believe that the addict is in full control of their actions, even if having undergone hypnotic suggestion.

    I gave the above comment because you used the word 'presumably'. Now, let's look at your statement based on the critical assumption that the addict IS in control and DOES believe 100% that if they backslide, their child will die. What does it say if they continue?

    I would be tempted to say that they are too self centered to care. Does it mean that they don't love the child? Not necessarily. It simply means that they place more importance on achieving the feelings they experience when performing whatever action they are addicted to. In short, they love that feeling more.

    By Blogger Misti, at 6/24/2005 11:40:00 AM  

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