March 12, 2006

Beat That Vice

Wow. Truly an unbelievable piece of wisdom for you today, quoted verbatim from last month's OCSET magazine. How I love OCSET and its manically spiralling control freakery.

'Beat that Vice'
The code for any craving is stored like a computer programme in your brain. You weren't born addicted to cigarettes or chocolate bars, so you can 'un-learn' your vice, says Paul McKenna. This technique enables you to reset your brain's software by tapping on acupuncture points in a set sequence.

1. Focus on the subject of your craving and rate it from 1 to 10.
2. Think about your craving. Using two fingers, tap ten times firmly above one of your eyes, then under the eye, then on your collarbone, then in your armpit. Now tap on the back of your other hand, between the knuckles of your ring finger and your little finger.
3. Close your eyes. Keep tapping between those two fingers. Open your eyes. Look down to the right, then look down to the left.
4. Keep tapping, and rotate your eyes around 360 degrees clockwise, then 360 degrees anti-clockwise.
5. Still thinking about your craving, hum the first few lines of 'Happy Birthday' out loud. This creates activity in the right side of the brain to help the exercise take hold.
6. Count out loud from 1 to 5, and, again, hum 'Happy Birthday' out loud.
7. Repeat the beginning of the sequence, up to tapping under your armpit.
8. Now stop, and rate your craving again. If it hasn't gone, repeat the sequence until it does. Repeat it whenever you feel the urge to indulge. You may be surprised at the result!

Yes, very good. In conclusion, then – you may not have any more cravings, but you will be an obsessive compulsive loon who terrifies small children.


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  1. Im quite intrigued by it though…im so desperately needing and wanting to leave my sweet tooth and particularly chocolate addiction behind i may actually try it…

    13 Mar 2006, 11:20

  2. Fleur

    hmmm, think I'll just reach for that chocolate bar instead…..

    13 Mar 2006, 14:16

  3. Konstantin

    here's to you, Bogart and Gardner, I smoke one cigarette after another….....

    13 Mar 2006, 16:34

  4. Fleur

    Here's to you 'Beat that Vice', my minty KitKat tastes really nice…....

    (and strangely it also says on it "Work can wait" which sadly it can't. Deadlines are looming!)

    13 Mar 2006, 17:19

  5. Konstantin

    worst thing my parents did to me as a kid was get me a KitKat when I was 8 on a trip to the States. I got hooked and had to buy a box of hundreds of them to take back to Greece cos we didn't have KitKats in Greece… we didn't even have more than two crisp (chip!) flavours till the mid-90s… Imagine!
    my lovely third world country :-)

    13 Mar 2006, 19:12

  6. Fleur

    Oh dear, did a state-run economy ruin the possibility of consumer choice?? Imagine though, if all you could choose between was salt and vinegar or prawn cocktail??? Gross!! No room for sea salt and cracked pepper or even more adventurous hand cooked vegetable crisps!!

    14 Mar 2006, 11:48

  7. Wouldn't you want to terrify the small children most familiar to you though? Y'know, The Canley Critters

    16 Mar 2006, 14:24

  8. Konstantin

    I have this craving for oregano crisps at the mo…
    argh!

    16 Mar 2006, 15:18


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