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                    Acacia Counseling
 
           Gene Douglas, M.Ed. LPC LMFT

TAPAS ACCUPRESSURE TECHNIQUE (TAT) 

To treat a problem using TAT, follow these instructions:
1.) Rate the strength of your feeling you are experiencing right now, on a scale of 1-10, when you think of the problem.
That number is the SUD (Subjective Units of Discomfort.)
2.) Put your thumb against the inside corner of one eye. Place the ring finger against the inside corner of the other eye.
3.) Place the middle two fingers against your forehead, about a quarter inch above a line between the eyebrows so the
two fingers are lined up with the upper part of the eyebrow.
4.) Cup the other hand, and place it behind your head, with the thumb against your neck, right where it meets the base of the skull.
The little finger will be pressed against your head where it rests. Don't lay your hand flat against your head.
5.) Close your eyes and think of the feeling or event or person that bothers you. Continue for one minute, or until you feel a "shift"
in your body before that. This may be a reflexive sigh.
6.) Keep your pose, and repeat a statement reminding you of the problem in your mind. It may be a person's name,
a phrase about what happened, or the name of the feeling. Continue repeating for one minute, or until you feel a shift.
7.) Keep the pose, and repeat in your mind a statement which is opposite of the problem -- even if you don't believe it.
This might be "I will feel comfortable when I do that," or "I will feel calm and relaxed," whatever is opposite to what has been the case.
Continue repeating for one minute, or until a shift occurs.
8.) Keep the pose, and concentrate your attention on the part of your body where you feel your feelings. That will be different for different people.
Continue for one minute, or until a shift occurs.
9.) Rate your SUD again.

TAT Links:
Learning and Using TAT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcNlj2SdzmM
How To Do TAT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rDF_qUntDg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcxaZW57ymY















    
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Hypnotism for Gambling Addiction


Just for a moment, let's talk ...about "reinforcement."  To most people, that means something similar... to "reward."  Scientists... have done lots experiments... with both humans... and other creatures, such as rats... and mice and pigeons, and get very similar... results.  Often... they use "reinforcement," or reward... to see what kinds of results they get... under varying conditions.


There is a difference between... the effects of continuous reinforcement... and "intermittent" reinforcement. Intermittent reinforcement ...means a reward happens only some of the time.  Considering continuous reinforcement, I once trained a rat to press a pedal to get some food.  Once he got good at that, I turned off the switch that provided his food.

Many people think... if the reward is stopped, the behavior just stops.  In fact, it actually increases ...temporarily.  In the case of my rat, he began pressing rapidly on the lever, and eventually stopped, and walked around the cage, sniffing as he went.  He began to lick his paws and groom his fur.  After a while, he took another look at the lever, walked over there, gave a few feeble pushes on the lever, then gave up... and never tried again.


When one is training parents... to withhold rewards from a child... for misbehavior, they often think ...it doesn't ...work, because the child does not ...instantly stop misbehaving ...just because he has lost a reward.  They may even claim ...that their child is different... from all others.   But ...what they need to know... is that his behavior... will get worse ...before it gets better.  When he doesn't get what he wants, he will try even harder... to get his reward, until he does.  Or, at least he thinks he will.  He will keep trying ...to have things his way, before he finally decides that isn't... going to work..  


More powerful than reward... as a steady reinforcement of behavior... is an intermittent reward.  That is, if he is not... rewarded every time, it will be even harder... to quit trying to make it work.

If a salesman knows... that on average, one in ten people he talks to... will buy something, he is not... discouraged... when he sees... that most of them do not.  He knows... that he just has to keep trying, and... he will make a sale.  If he does not... know ...which of the next ten people will buy, either the third or the seventh or the ninth, then... he will persist... whenever he is not succeeding... at the moment.

Suppose his product... goes out of style, and he does not realize that.  He is no longer... making a sale ...in every 10 people he sees.  He persists trying... much longer... than if he had previously been selling to every customer.  If ..he makes a sale to his 50th customer, that will encourage him to keep trying, and encourage his belief ...that rewards are still waiting for him.

A habitual gambler... is also a victim... of this psychology.  He or she ... is prone to expect rewards when they are not likely, because he has experienced them...part of the time... before, which falsely... buoys his optimism.

The casinos don't mind... seeing a big winner... walk out the door.  They know... he is great advertising, not only inside the casino, but also ...after he gets home... and boasts of his winnings.  They know ...he encourages others in the casino... to keep trying, and to lose, and his friends at home may come there, and also lose a lot.  And they know... he will return ...and they will win back... all he took away ...and more.


Many casinos... have bells and sirens... that go off... when a person wins ...at a mechanical device, such as... a slot machine.  This is to attract the attention... of the other gamblers, and to encourage them to feel ...that their own chances of winning ...are greater...that they really are.


A gambler is encouraged ...to keep gambling... by popular superstitions... or mistaken beliefs... in "rational" gambling strategies.  He may believe in "luck"... as if... it is a magical aura... that hangs over him.  He may believe he is on a "hot streak," and be encouraged to gamble more... until he has lost... his earlier winnings.

He may avoid ...playing on a machine... that has recently paid off, on the theory... that it is unlikely the machine could pay off ...twice in a row.  The fact is, the past performance of a machine has no effect... on its future performance.  If... you flip a penny... and it lands on heads 10 times in a row, that has zero effect... on whether the next flip... will be heads or tails.  None.  Nada.

He may use a strategy... of doubling his bets, which the casinos ...like to see.  Consider the numbers 1, ...2, ...4, 8, ...16, ...32, ...64, ...128, ...256, ...512, ...1024, and ...2048.  That's only 12 doublings, and further doublings quickly... become astronomical.  Eventually... you don't... have enough money... to double your bet.

But he says, "Oh, but I only double my bets ...when I lose."  But the odds are structured... so that you will lose ...far more often... than you win, so you wind up ...chasing your losses ...with bigger bets, and even... if you win, you're back... at square zero again.  In the long run, you end up... unable to cover your next bet.  If you believe you're "gambling smart," you're probably... deceiving yourself.

One error a gambler might make... is to feel he has to "win back" his losses in the same place... or at least... in the same way... he lost it.  This fails, because he is most likely... to just lose again.  The best strategy... for regaining gambling losses... is to earn the money, which has a more-nearly 100% chance ...of succeeding.  There is nothing ...written in the sky... saying you must regain your losses... in the same way you lost them.

Some gamblers play ...to cover up bad feelings ...that do not... actually relate to gambling.  Yet ...because losing... is more likely than winning, they end up ...feeling bad ...more often... than good.  

The solution ...to a gambling habit... is to recognize... that the problem is not... in the environment.  It is a disorder... resulting from experience, residing... within one's self.  Treat the disorder, and you treat... the gambling.

Let's suppose... you are doing something, and you begin thinking... about gambling.  As soon as that happens, you think of the many times... you have lost... while gambling, and you feel a sense ...of disappointment, knowing... if you were to gamble, you would probably lose... more than you would win.  

Even... if today were an exception, you know... with your power of reason... that other days ...would only take any winnings ...away.  And if ...you should still...move nearer and nearer.. the place where  you might have gambled, your sense of pessimism... grows stronger... and stronger.

If by that time, you have not... already changed your mind... and already turned around, then you do so...right then.   As you move farther and farther ...from a gambling situation, you begin to feel ...refreshed, and relieved, and proud... of your ability to make a rational choice, and reject a thing ...that would have made you... miserable.

Each time you look... in your wallet... or pocket book, and ...see cash in there, you feel comforted... that you have not ...thrown it away.  Any time... you see your bank balance, or your credit card balance, you feel a satisfied feeling, knowing... a lot of your money... is still your own, because... it has not... found its way... to some casino's account.  It is yours, your own, and that's the way... you like it.


You make a list... of things ...you enjoy doing, that you can afford.  And if you should find yourself... feeling low, you do one of those things, and discover a sense of fulfillment, that you can afford to do these things, because you have not... thrown your money away... on gambling.  This gives you relief... from those un-related bad feelings, and far more so... than gambling ...would have ever done.