I want to respond today to an article signed by
Tracey Tyler you published on your january 6th 2006
edition. In this article called Skip the
psychobabble about mice, miss Tyler
reviewed a self-hypnosis program to
help with her fear of mouse.
Please allow me to introduce myself: My name is
Dr Nathalie Fiset. I am a Canadian family doctor
and a certified hypnotherapist (www.aperfectharmony.com)
I have contacted Miss Tyler after reading her
article where she turns in a parody fears and
phobias people have in saying: Is this how
you want to deal with your mouse problem? No. You
want to spend the time and a fraction of the money
at the hardware store, investing in traps. I
am certain that a person suffering from a phobia
limiting her life was not helped by this kind of
In her article, she mentioned not understanding
what time-line therapy and anchoring were.
Unfortunately, she did not bother to research what
they were. She also mentioned that the program came
with a 94 pages book. I am wondering if the answers
to her questions were in this book?
Her review starts by saying that she put the CD
in her dashboard. It is standard practice that all
self-hypnosis CD start by saying that you should
never listen to it in a moving vehicle. In the
eventuality of Miss Tyler being more
visual, it is also written ON the
recording! This alone tells me she did not pay much
attention to the message carried on the
When I contacted miss Tyler offering her to
explain what time-line therapy and anchoring are
all about, I was very surprised by her
answer: I was only reviewing CDs. I am not
interested in hypnosis nor NLP!
She at least got one thing right that its
all about the power of the brain, that it can be
conditioned. Unfortunately, by putting down a
program without giving it the proper interest it
deserved, she was bound for failure. Even her
Minnie Mouse conclusion shows that she did not take
this program seriously. And as you wait for
the traps to spring, you sit back and picture a
slightly-larger version of those creatures at a
theme park, wearing a polka dot dress, and you tell
yourself mice aren't all bad..
Truth is that many scientific studies have
proven that hypnosis has helped relieve phobias and
negative habits (stop smoking, lose weight, sleep
better, etc). Hypnosis has been used to achieve a
deep level of natural anesthesia in major surgeries
where it was used as the sole anesthesia. I
personally, enjoyed very much going to the dentist
and having five fillings changed without any
Novocain, just using my hypnosis program!
I have gotten interested in hypnosis to help my
many patients give birth naturally, in a very
comfortable way. My program www.hypno-beginning.com
has helped many patients give birth to their babies
with no drugs and a smile on their face.
In conclusion, when reviewing a book or audio
recording, a person has to be aware of any bias she
might be presenting. For example, if you asked me
to review a book about snakes, I would be
professional enough to tell you that you should
seek another person to do the job. Hence, no matter
how well documented the book or how good-looking
the pictures would be, a snake is not an appealing
creature to me. At least, I would be honest enough
to warn you that I lack the objectivity to be doing
the review. One would expect the same amount of
professionalism from a journalist.
Save your money, skip the psychobabble
Company sells "cure' for mouse phobia $150 CDs are
confusing, not calming
Jan. 6, 2006. 01:00 AM
TRACEY TYLER STAFF REPORTER
When it comes to mice, I don't have a phobia,
just a garden-variety aversion - the kind that
would cause any reasonable person to jump on the
couch at the sight of a tiny brown creature
skittering across the floor.
I suspect it's biological, programmed into our
DNA. We're meant to be repelled by things that
destroy our food and spread disease.
So it was with some skepticism that I agreed to
review a three-CD set from the CTRN Phobia Clinic
in New York, entitled "Vanquish Fear and Anxiety in
Just 24 Hours. Guaranteed." CTRN stands for "Change
that Right Now."
And according to clinic founder Seymour Segnit,
our host for this audio journey, my doubt may be my
Segnit's Website tells me the disc I'm slipping
into my dashboard is a "small yet incredibly
powerful product," one that will enable me to lift
ALL negative emotions from my past. Best of all, I
will feel younger and happier by the end.
But it will only work if I am TOTALLY COMMITTED,
Segnit isn't a doctor or a psychologist, but he
does have a friendly voice, which may account in
part for his past success as a radio host in Europe
(following a career in advertising and an
engineering degree from Oxford University.) He's
now a "Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of
Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Time Line
Therapy," a technique which has me confused.
Time Line Therapy seems to involve going back in
time and concentrating on how you felt before your
particular problem developed. But after listening
to the program twice, I'm still not sure. Another
weapon in Segnit's fear-conquering arsenal is a
technique called "anchoring." Again, I don't fully
understand it, but it seems to require squeezing
your fists a lot.
While the terminology and techniques may be
fairly recent, I think it's fair to say that
Segnit's basic message is as old as Pavlov's dogs.
The brain can be conditioned. Mind over matter. You
can do anything you want, if you focus.
This may be helpful in overcoming some of the
classic fears, like fear of getting on an airplane
or fear of public speaking. Fear of clowns, maybe.
But for $147 U.S. (that's after a $50 rebate; it
also comes with a 94-page workbook) is this how you
want to deal with your mouse problem? No. You want
to spend the time and a fraction of the money at
the hardware store, investing in traps.
And as you wait for the traps to spring, you sit
back and picture a slightly-larger version of those
creatures at a theme park, wearing a polka dot
dress, and you tell yourself mice aren't all