Jonathan Bricker's work has uncoved a scientifically sound approach to behavior change that is twice as effective as most currently practiced methods. His new methods are driving new norms and new apps for how people quit smoking and decrease obesity, saving many people from an early death.
Jonathan Bricker is an internationally recognized scientific leader in a bold approach called acceptance and commitment therapy. A Stanford researcher called his use of the approach “a breakthrough in behavioral research [that] has major public health implications for the major causes of preventable death.” Bricker and his team, having received $10 million in total federal research grants to study this topic, are rigorously testing this intervention on multiple platforms, including smartphone apps, websites, and telephone coaching. His SmartQuit app for quitting smoking was recently launched and is now in distribution worldwide.
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If this can help: I stopped smoking 8 months ago because I started singing lessons. I love singing and right after the first lesson I tossed away my pack of cigarettes because I felt like I didn't want to compromise my lungs more.
It is not a monster, it is your Subconscious mind, and it is what you created and keep in it. It is you and what you wanted/needed. If it is not serving you now, address and change it. It is actually really simple. Also, you have control, that's the whole point of having a Mind altogether, but the problem is few know what it is, what elements it has, how it works and how to manage and control it yourself - Consciously.
Portraying it as a monster serve a good story and is nice to listen, but it hinders the realization and the perception of what addiction and taking/making decisions are in their core, which is essential to understanding them and actually managing/controlling them.
A good and interesting talk. :)
Hearing what he had to say, one thing came to my mind crystal clear... this is essentially exactly what we are taught regarding meditation, and 'thoughts' we may have...thoughts we may be dwelling on...and which we are trying to ignore and 'push away' so as to not 'intrude' on our quiet and meditation. In meditation, they tell us that instead of trying to push away any thoughts that may be running through our minds, we should instead simply 'acknowledge' the thought ...... 'gee, I'm thinking about work right now.... I'm thinking about my neighbor' etc.
I'm super surprised to see so many comments about what a big discovery this is. We thought that in the 70s when it first came back around. This is based on self-imposed mind-control, and has been taught especially in the military since probably the 17th century. Jesus teaches it in the ever-criticized Bible. Every now and then someone repackages it and calls it "the secret". The problem is that we are being used as lab rats, we don't have control. we are dodging drug-pushers as we travel to work, as our kids watch t.v., and as we relax with our fav yt channel. Go ahead and see how well this works for you. As long as we are eating packaged processed foods, and cooked foods, we will have cravings that will keep allowing marketing experts to sell us whatever they want. for me the answer became raw vegan living or leaving behind what John Rose calls "the first mistake."
This kind of relates to the “can’t have” mentality. Instead of telling yourself you can’t have something for x reasons, you should shift your perspective to “not wanting” it for x reasons. Not wanting y, not because you can’t have it but just because you don’t want it because you know it won’t make you feel good or lead you towards your bigger goal.
Wow I came to an awareness of autopilot mode of the fight or flight part of my brain as a result of 45 years of mental abuse. I’ve been toiling over ways to fix this and have all ready seen results in my life and how I show up in the world. Maybe better said is how I show up for myself. Your talk excited me! I will add those words to what I’m doing and consider taking perspective considerations inventory on all my thoughts. After all the most common advice I’m given is to chill out. Now that I’ve decided to stopped dodging phantom bullets, which might take a while. I should finally be able to experience how to chill out for the first time in my life. But Damn if it didn’t make me and incredible problem solver and critical thinker. Enough to come to this conclusion on my own and more that you touched on. Thank you
Brilliant talk. “Willingness” must be the basis of DBT which I discovered a couple of years ago and have been trying to apply to my life ever since, even though I don’t have a disorder that it is usually used to treat.
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I have this thing with alcohol. If I have it in the house, I'll consume it. And after 1 day I'll be addicted and feel with every brain cell that I need to drink this day as well.
Then if I don't drink for 1 day and have no alcohol in my house, there is absolutely no craving.
These videos are awesome. I've been trying to quit smoking for several months without much success and this fellow Bricker gave me a new strategy that just may work. Sounds much better then beating myself up constantly. Passive approaches seem more reasonable. Will watch the video again (probably several times) and make a new comment when I figure out if this method works. Can't be less effective then what I've been doing. Here I go!
Summary (5 Steps):
1. Notice where in the body do you feel the craving
2. Notice your thought. Example: "I am very stressed and I need to smoke"
3. Add "I am having the thought" to the thought. Example: I am having the thought that I am very stressed and I need to smoke.
4. Add "I am noticing the thought" to the thought. Example: I am noticing the thought that I am very stressed and I need to smoke.
5. Give kind and caring to yourself. Instead of shaming yourself for giving in to a craving, tell yourself what you'd say to a very dear friend of yours.
I'm listening for self-control tips. He's talking about breaking your addictions of smoking and eating unhealthy Foods. Maybe this Ted Talk should be renamed to "Learn to stop smoking and eating unhealthy Foods."
It's important to remember this dude has not lived in outhers shoes. Their is places and situations u can't controll. GOD didn't say life was easy. And I think many people chose alcohol, cigarettes,and drug's to settle their nerves. And I know some people have better working and living inviorments.
It's like some people say their should be no guns. But those people live in better naborhudes. I think before u judge someone else, u should examine your self first.
A bird who just eat a peace of bologna feels like singing. But he is full of bologna.
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