Memories 1984: Popularity of hypnosis

NEW YEAR resolutions are as difficult to stick to as water is to walk on - luckily it is no longer a matter of willpower.

NEW YEAR resolutions are as difficult to stick to as water is to walk on - luckily it is no longer a matter of willpower.

There is help.

This is a time of year when hypnotists, keep slim classes, chemists who stock smoking cures, acupuncturists, and other assorted experts are turned to by the populace.

Hypnosis is becoming increasingly popular. Outside of Lent there is no better time than January for people to quit smoking, give up the gargle, trim off a few pounds, or purge themselves of any one of several such habits.

Not only is the New Year a new beginning, but the Christmas excess is often enough to persuade people that the time has finally come to get their house in order.

“I expect to be very busy in the New Year. I’d say the phone won’t stop ringing this January,” said one city hypnotist.

More and more people are turning to hypnotism as a way of controlling habits.

“It’s not what people think with the strange spook shows you see in the movies,” said the hypnotist.