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How Easy is it to Change a Compulsion?


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Today, I want to share an incredible experience I had while attending a training session conducted by Steve Crabb, an NLP Master Trainer and Clinical Hypnotherapist. The session focused on a powerful technique called the "Compulsion Blowout Technique," which aims to help people overcome compulsive behaviors, like snacking on crisps or chocolate.


Testing the desire for chocolate and crisps.

Steve began the demonstration with six volunteers, and let me tell you, the results were mind-blowing! First, the participants were asked to imagine their desire for the compulsive behavior and really amplify that feeling. Steve then anchored this amplified desire, creating a strong mental association.


Next, Steve asked the volunteers to think of something that disgusted them, like pigs trotters, seasickness, Stilton cheese, or moldy bread. They were encouraged to really connect with that feeling of revulsion and amplify it. Once they had a strong sense of disgust, Steve anchored it.


When they have that look of disgust, you've done a great job.

Here's where it gets interesting: Steve then asked the participants to re-access their desire for crisps or chocolate and to keep amplifying it. As they continued to increase the desire, they reached a threshold where the level of detail began to decrease, similar to enlarging a map or plan to the point where increasing the enlargement results in decreased detail. This phenomenon is based on catastrophe theory.


At the threshold point, Steve skillfully collapsed the amplified desire with the anchored feeling of revulsion, effectively eliminating the compulsive behavior.


And guess what? It worked like a charm! When Steve tested the participants, they no longer had any desire for crisps or chocolate. It was as if their cravings had completely vanished. Steve also made sure that the participants weren't replacing the old compulsive behavior with a new one, which is crucial for long-term success.




So, how can you use this technique to overcome your own compulsive behaviors? Here's a step-by-step guide:


1. Identify the compulsive behavior you want to change.

2. Check for the ecology - what are the benefits of the compulsion to ensure one dysfunction isn't just replaced by another? Explore another alternative.

3. Imagine your desire for that behavior and amplify the feeling. ( breaker state)

4. Choose something that disgusts you, connect with that feeling of revulsion, and anchor this.

5. Amplify the desire for the compulsive behavior until you reach the threshold where the level of detail decreases.

6. At this threshold, collapse the amplified desire with the anchored feeling of revulsion, effectively eliminating the compulsive behavior.

7. Test your response to the compulsive behavior – you will find that your desire has significantly diminished or disappeared entirely.


For those struggling with compulsive behaviors, the Compulsion Blowout Technique offers a powerful tool for creating positive change and breaking free from unwanted habits.


So, there you have it – a fascinating insight into a powerful technique that has helped countless people take control of their lives. If you're ready to change, why not just do it? You might just be surprised by the results!


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