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Hypnosis alters diet, study says: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Hypnosis alters diet, study says: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The article says, “Now some psychologists have a new idea: Lying.” And, it is more than lying; they want to use hypnosis to implant false memories! Imagine going back in time to a time when you were just a kid and being made to believe that ice cream makes you sick, or that your favorite food is green beans! It just doesn’t seem right, but it just may be what the doctor ordered, or at least that is what Dr. Elizabeth Loftus a psychologist conducting research at the University of California wants to do, if it doesn’t run up against too many of those pesky ethics issues.

I don’t know, but at first I thought “that is all wrong!” But then I got to thinking about it for a while. If it worked, and it probably would for some people given the right kind of approach is used (real age regression therapy with pseudo-revivification), then it has to be better than getting your stomach stapled!

What if it were that easy? A few hypnosis sessions and you love lettuce without salad dressing and you hate sugary sweets because you have false memories of getting sick on ice cream as a kid and have fond memories of sitting in front of the television happily munching away on a head of lettuce? Hmm, I will have to think about it, but I think I would “give it a go,” as they say, if it was what my client really needed and nothing else seemed to help.

Read the article and see what you think.

Cal Banyan

2 Reader Comments to Hypnosis alters diet, study says: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

  1. Brian David Phillips August 3, 2005 at 5:20 AM

    Cal, I saw this before you posted but have re-edited my comments to include a reference to your blog entry . . . I would strongly suggest that there is a lot left to be done with the method before using it with clients. While the tagline for the article mentions dieters and the like, the discussion of the paper only details the relationship to certain foods and the focus is on the false memories . . . not behavioral changes are explored, certainly not on a longterm basis. As to memory replacement therarpy, I’ve always been against it on grounds that it masks causes rather than frees up the locked emotional content. See more here, including links to a number of essays on the use of hypnosis to alter memories for so-called therapeutic means.

    All the best,

  2. Stephanie August 3, 2005 at 2:20 PM

    I’m just left wondering why you would even need to go back to childhood to replace a desire for ice cream with a desire for broccoli. Why or how is that any different than replacing that desire in the *present* using positive suggestions and other techniques. I have successfully helped clients change a desire for smoking a cigarette for a desire for a glass of water – no age regression needed! So I guess I’m thinking that the age regression in this case is a bit of overkill.

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