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Similarly, we review a publication that says that only 5% of those who tried to stop smoking succeed. does that mean we have a 5% chance to succeed? Definitely NO. Our focus should be: “I am with absolute certainty among those who were successful because they’ve just decided.” But we should not conclude, by the fact that things have multiple answers or explanations, that explanations are useless. Quite the contrary, are the explanations we give to events that guides our actions. The important thing is to adopt that explanation that serves our objectives. Credit: dr. stuart mcgill-2011. Two possible acceptable answers to the question why do not I stop smoking?: 1 .- 2 .- Because it’s hard because I have not decided Both are as common as acceptable answers: what to take?. Clearly the latter helps us to quit more than the first. The traditional approach on the issue of smoking provides descriptive and explanatory information, reduce power to that which ultimately determines human behavior, will.

It is true that smoking exposes the body to chemicals that cause cancer, that carbon monoxide is harmful by inhalation, which affect the senses of taste and smell, etc. But establishing that nicotine is responsible for the person continues smoking causes more harm than smoking itself, because “de-responsible” who ultimately makes the decisions: individual. Nicotine is not the one that produces the addiction that addiction is a statistical condition, not bound to the will of the individual rather than a matter of degree. The answers to the orthodox approach to the problem given to the questions about why we smoke, on why to quit, and so on., Do not help us make the decision. Justified only to the smoker. We analyze the problem by describing a series of phases through which the smoker spends in transit to the independence of the cigarette, there are countless recipes for quitting but all of these recipes rely, ultimately, the will of the individual and only manage to do more long, tedious and unlikely path to success. To my mind how powerful the approach proposed here is that it emphasizes the idea that our decisions are shaping our conditions and not the reverse, turning the spotlight on the problem to the degree of self-responsibility of the individual . This does not work just to change habits “Addictive” as smoking, but to modify any human behavior to improve our quality of life and make us happier.

Then changed the question “Why is it hard to quit?” By the question “Why do people normally associated with quitting smoking through the difficulty?, Adopting the following answer: Because its explanatory proposal own experience, is based on objective reality. (As Maturana would say, because the individual has chosen the path of objectivity without parentheses.) This move dramatically quit responsibility to the individual. We are making us responsible for consuming cigarettes remain exempt from any blame to external conditions. At the same time carries the solution to the problem of smoking from “change the objective conditions” to “amend the interpretation of the phenomenon.” The end result is that changing the questions focused on the difficulty associated with the relationship that between habit and the individual, the solution changed from “get a patch nicotine” (for example) to “make a decision” by using my ability to decide and change my position. I welcome your comments on or in my blog. “.