The easiest and cheapest way to quit smoking. How to quit smoking?
You spend your fortune to make the big tobacco companies get richer, and then you get cancer, and those damn doctors and hospitals can get rich off of it. And the gravediggers too. And all because you want to smoke like a fucking idiot. (Film Coffee and Cigarettes. Coffee and Cigarettes). So, if you want to quit smoking quickly and permanently, you should start by getting a clear idea of your own anthropological nature. To do this, you can turn to the texts of some philosophical authority - Plato or Vladimir Solovyov (whichever you prefer). Or...
... you can take my word for it here: the great philosophical classics of various traditions recognized that a person has three basic abilities: reason, will and feeling.
Classical models of philosophical anthropology, in which the mind, spirit, intellect was assigned the role of the main anthropological feature, are going through hard times today. Various forces are involved in their destruction and discrediting — Eastern teachings, postmodernity, resurgent church religiosity, various variants of naturalism, and so on. In return, we get the image of a person in which the mind or will is assigned a subordinate position or none at all. The modern image of a person is a vague cloud in which biological nature, social elements, power-hierarchical pathologies, aesthetic inclinations, habits, beliefs, physicality, various models of the conscious and unconscious "psyche" are intertwined.
According to this vague structure, various ways of working with a person as an object of purposeful influence multiply and flourish. Gurus and psychotherapists, astrologers and feng shui experts, yoga masters and pharmacists, preachers and writers vying with each other offer various methods for dealing with this object (that is, with oneself).
And modern man willingly surrenders to all these practices - his mind, will and even emotions (for example, aesthetic preferences) are externalized. They are entrusted to various kinds of experts and tutors, who, as our subject / object believes, are able to skillfully handle various elements of his body and his psyche. It is these experts, I am sure a modern person, who can influence his psyche so that he finally lives a full life, furnishes his home so that he finds peace of mind, teach him how to communicate with bosses and friends, make him beautiful, resorting to various means of plastic surgery, etc.
It is enough to turn to any problem related to the correction of our behavior to discover a huge market for this kind of anthropological services. A typical example of this is the problem of smoking. Search engines return millions of links to the query “quit smoking”. Here is just a short list of the main ways:
- chew pills, - stick plasters, - undergo acupuncture sessions, - read A. Kara's book,- hypnotize, - communicate with a psychotherapist, - wear an earring, - undergo shock therapy, - celebrate International No Smoking Day (November 19), - smoke an electronic cigarette, - be encoded by the 25th frame, etc.
Of course, it is gratifying that the addiction is giving jobs to so many people, contributing to the growth of the service industry. Still, it's hard to shake off the idea that this whole post-industrial economy is pure swindle. Which has nothing to oppose precisely because of that very frivolous rejection of classical anthropological models.
So, I offer the reader a proven way to quit smoking, which everyone can resort to completely free of charge and with a full guarantee of success. Having been a heavy smoker for over 20 years, I quit smoking overnight and have not smoked a single cigarette since then for six months. The secret of this technique is simple - you must correctly select and use the anthropological model of yourself.
Anthropological quitting smoking technique.
— No, smoke, — Alc allowed indifferently. - I'm a misanthrope. The sooner you all die, the better. (Book Year of the Rat. Olga Gromyko) So, if you want to quit smoking quickly and irrevocably, you should start by getting a clear idea of your own anthropological essence.
To do this, you can turn to the texts of some philosophical authority - Plato or Vladimir Solovyov (as you like).
Or you can take my word for it here: the great philosophical classics of various traditions recognized that a person has three basic abilities: reason, will and feeling.
Intelligence is the ability to think, judge, and make decisions. Feeling is the ability to perceive, feel and experienceWill is the ability to carry out the decisions of the mind or the impulses of the feeling. The will of man is subject to reason. The feeling may be dissatisfied with the will and reason, but the will subordinates the feeling to the decisions of the reason.
When you have understood these three points for yourself, you need to learn how to find them in yourself, and then use them correctly.
Start with simple exercises. For example, say to yourself: I will stretch my right arm forward and keep it extended for 5 minutes, despite the feeling of fatigue in my arm. And do it.
I am sure that after practicing this way for a while, you will easily learn to distinguish between the faculty of reason, will and feeling.
And you also realize a very simple but important fact: the will can subordinate the feeling to the decisions of the mind.
Next, we should learn this important idea: the will can carry out any decision of the mind (from the realm of what is possible for us).
Neither the volume nor the difficulty of it play any role - if only it is possible for us.
Once this preliminary preparation has been completed (it can take from one day to a week depending on your perseverance in anthropological training), you can begin to quit smoking.
This step includes the following steps:- Take time to think carefully about the following question: “Should I quit smoking?”;
- having chosen this time, you need to calmly sit down and think over this issue with all possible care for you. (You can still smoke, by the way.)
There are two options: 1. If after careful consideration you have come to the conclusion that you should quit smoking, then proceed to the next step..
2. If you have come to the conclusion that it is not worth quitting, return to anthropological training, setting yourself the next time to think about this issue (in a month, or in a year, or in a week).
Having come to the conclusion that smoking should be quit (option 1), you must clearly, clearly and unambiguously record your reasonable decision. For example, in this form: "From tomorrow I do not smoke."
Everything. The hardest part is over. From tomorrow, you just don't smoke.
It is only important not to fall for some tricks. Namely. You might change your mind tomorrow. No, you no longer need to think (think) about this issue - have you reasonably decided that you need to quit smoking? Did your mind think it over, weigh it up, and come to this conclusion? Well, fine. There is no point in revisiting this issue.
Further, the will simply implements this decision of the mind. She forbids you to take cigarettes and smoke them.
Oh, do you have an unbearable desire to smoke? Believe me, this is an illusion created by your feelings. And feelings obey the will, and, therefore, they will have to be silent. Moreover, this "unbearable desire" will pass very quickly. Only the motor habit will remain, but you will gradually get rid of it, replacing it with some other motor habit.
If it seems to you that it is your mind that “suddenly” changes its mind and allows you to smoke “that one cigarette”, then please do not be fooled by this cheap trick. It's just that a blind feeling tries to impersonate reason, acts in a transformed, ideological form of rational sanction, but in fact has nothing to do with your reason.
Why, because you calmly and honestly weighed all the pros and cons, reasonably decided that you were quitting smoking. No feeling or desire of yours can interfere with your reasonable decision and your own will. Therefore, from now on there is not the slightest reason for you to smoke again. With which we can congratulate you!
A person resorting to the anthropological technique of quitting smoking will, of course, pay attention to one gap in the above instruction. Namely: what arguments should be used to make the mind decide to quit smoking?
But I must disappoint you - only you decide here. Neither I nor anyone else can find a convincing decisive argument for you in this matter.
I will only say that such an argument can be both theoretical and practical. You may want to stop smoking because you want to live long and not be at risk of some of the diseases associated with smoking. Or not to set a bad example for a child. Or because they promised someone to quit smoking. Or because you are concerned about your oral health. Or because you have decided to support the government's policy against bad habits. Arguments can be very different, but only you can choose the right one. Everything else is the unmistakable work of the above technique. Author: Vitaly Kurennoy