I am sure you are correct that more people used to comment on these discussions, but how do you know the reason? Has there been any research conducted? If disagreements, and yes insults, were the reason, then why is Facebook so ridiculously popular--even in the current political climate in America? Why are "news" programs that specialize in attacks and derision so popular?
I have been one of the supporters of this site since nearly the beginning. I am going to the Conference in Las Vegas, and that seems to be a successful enterprise. As such, I thought it would be possible that the discussion board was also popular and successful. Therefore, I have been checking it out lately. I am not addressing you or the others on this thread, but I have found the quality of some posters to be very uneven. Unfortunately, that is a reflection of those doing hypnotherapy around the country and around the world. In the past, I attended--and did one presentation at--the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners national conference. I found many interesting/talented people, both in the speakers and attendees. Of course, the requirements to be certified by that organization are pretty strict, so it probably doesn't reflect the quality of hypnotherapists around the USA, or the world.
I don't think we do anyone a service by coddling someone in our field who has no idea what they are talking about, yet professionally provide hypnosis services. Again, I am not referring to anyone on this thread. For example, I have someone in my market who has decades of experience who openly believes he can cure pretty much anything we work on in ONE SESSION! I discovered this because one of his weight loss clients ended up at my office after she said he refused to do a follow-up session! From what she described, her first session sounded fine, but his one-session concept is ridiculous! If he could accomplish anything near what he claims, the line for his services would be around the block!
After ten years in practice, and additional years providing psychotherapy services, I have concluded that requiring anyone in the USA who is certified in this work to have at least a bachelor's degree with a major in psychology is a great idea. I'm guessing that would eliminate a small number of talented hypnotherapists. However, it would also eliminate thousands who I think should not be doing this work. If that makes me elitist, so be it.
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I will give only a brief reply here, but feel free to talk to me at length at HTLive next month if you wish. First of all, I have lost track of the number of clients I've seen over the years who went to someone who promised results in one session...so I totally agree with you on that point. However, I do not believe that a college degree in psychotherapy is necessary IF (note ALL CAPS on IF) the person received in-depth training in client centered hypnotherapy. My original training lasted over many months under the late Charles Tebbetts, and more than one psychologist has told me that my hypnotherapy texts are among the best written...yet I entered this profession without a counseling degree.
As far as my comment about why some people no longer comment here, it is because several people have told me personally either by email or in person that they are tired of being criticized for expressing their opinions. I identify with them, because I was hotly criticized both here and on Facebook in 2016 for teaching and practicing regression therapy. Then when one of the moderators deleted my reference to the regression book that I co-authored with a clinical psychologist, I personally came very close to permanently leaving this website. Other than that, I am not aware of any research conducted.
Apologies for not addressing your examples directly.
It is very common in the way that I work to see generative change. I love it when a client comes in and says, "Not only have I stopped doing A, but I've also started doing B." I praise the client and give them all the credit. They give me all the credit. And everyone's happy!
Regarding your specific example of weed, I think that the only examples I have are people who wanted to keep smoking weed, but stop tobacco, or vice-versa. Of course, they end up quitting both.
I had someone come to see me for what he called Anger Management. He just happened to quit coke after 2 sessions.
Oh, talking of coke, someone came to see me to quit the other kind of coke (cola) and she stopped drinking a bottle of red wine a night. Both were stopped in the 1 session.
I like to work specifically, holistically and generatively. They probably cancel each other out, but it works for me! :)
Just to address one point that you seemed to want to ridicule.
"A sense of significant human connection?" I am really trying to control myself here gentlemen, and abide by the rules of this site. However, as much as I try, I cannot fit my educational or professional experience into that paradigm."
You might want to expand your knowledge and read this article from Psychology Today.
Agreed, social activities (a primary gain) appear to be more fulfilling than the enticement.
However, my final conclusion differs in the sense that: The key that unlocks the door to happiness here reveals that belonging in a community and being socially involved with enticing "healthy" activities trumps "unhealthy" ones.
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