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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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.
What the presenter advised in detail to the woman in the example.
1)Be aware of your craving.
2)Try to find out where you feel that craving in your body.
3)Try to journal that and the intensity over time.
4)Check whether you act on the craving.
I’m noticing that I’m having the thought. I’m stressed out and I am craving for something.
Give up control. Don’t fight with the craving monster. Drop the rope. Be willing to have that craving.
Try to talk to yourself with care and kindnesses as you would do to your friend.
The point of this ted is that we shouldn’t be obsessed with the state of mind where we don’t crave for things. He says, it’s all right to crave for unhealthy things and we don’t have to blame ourselves for wanting bad things. I can definitely see his point because when we blame ourselves for any kind of things that we’ve done, we lose confidence and respect for ourselves. That makes it difficult to control ourselves afterwards.
Am I the only person that noticed he never actually said anything useful????? Its one thing to hightlight a problem and a better thing to provide tool to solve them....even a suggestion would have sufficed,
so just be honest with yourself right? accept who you are and say your thoughts out loud to split the difference between you and your thinking. This man taught us that we are not our thoughts... a great speech indeed
Other tips that could help. Say to yourself:
a. "This will pass"
b. "Tomorrow I will regret it."
c. Combine these with a visualization of yourself tomorrow and the feeling of regret, being slow, not looking your best, etc.
d. Now, leave the room with the food, situation, etc, and go do something else, preferably one you can make into a habit.
> These negative feelings will overwhelm the positive reward from the food.
> In the marshmellow study, distractions did work for children, but not thoughts, but doing something else.
e. Go deeper and find out what triggered the craving - often a negative event of some sort, and reframe it.
f. if it is a temptation from being in the room or around people, reconfigure or reframe those as well.
Frankly , I don't get what he's trying to say . Should we succumb to our cravings while being aware of them ? One part is clear , he wants us to be mindful of our thoughts . But I disagree with the whole aspect of not engaging with them.
Ram Kumar He means just let them flow. When you play tug of war with the cravings instead of puling the rope back n forth just drop the rope. Let the cravings flow, don’t try to stop them don’t try to let them overtake you. Just let them Flow.., it’s little difficult at first but trust me you’ll get used to it and develop insane self control and discipline. Drop the rope; let em flow.
El autocontrol se logra cediendo al control. Hay que ser conscientes de las ansias de nuestro cuerpo, reconocerlo y aceptarlo, después y no dejar q mis ansias o deseos me controlen. Para hacer un cambio hay q quitarlo poco a poco y no todo en un tirón.
This is rooted in meditation. In meditation you observe, acknowledge & accept all the thoughts. Basically become aware of things. The awareness has potential to change things. otherwise you just keeping doing things without even realizing that you are doing it.
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