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After a few years of trying to make these books work something finally clicked - now I focus on the downsides (it's not fun and exciting like us teenagers in the 1980s were led to believe) but it drags you down, makes you tired and just hijacks your dopamine system which tells you to do something again. I think the dopamine element is missing from the book and should have been covered. Same goes for vaping. An acquired taste/experience is not an enjoyable one!!
I came across this book by chance and I am so glad I did.....it absolutely blew me away! I could not put it down - so inspirational did I find it. I had to read it every spare moment I got and as the only smoker from my group of about 8 friends, I talked of nothing else for days to people who could not really understand my enthusiasm or interest. Allen Carr put a totally different 'spin' on smoking and my addiction - to such an extent that I have not smoked since! I could not explain it to you - it just seemed to hit the nail on the head with everything he wrote. In actual fact the book did not really tell me anything I didn't already know and yet it was like I was discovering things for the first time. An absolutely amazing book! I ended up giving it to a work colleague who, having heard me go on about it so much, asked if she could borrow it. Knowing that once she had read it, she wouldn't want to give it back, I told her she could keep it and promptly went out and bought another. Irrespective as to whether I manage to go without cigarettes for the rest of my life or not, this book is an absolute MUST for all smokers AND ex-smokers.....best few quid I ever spent! I defy anybody who buys it to truthfully be able to say otherwise. I have subsequently gone on to buy 2 other books on the same subject by Allen Carr and although they too are very good books, I will always feel indebted to this little book.
Seem to repeat on some things Have read 2 books and 1 audio. All became clear and happy to say I've not had a cigarette for five weeks I may buy another if I have a wobbly moment. Thank you very much allen
I Found this daily reader to be the perfect way to keep focused the first few months I quit smoking.I could start each day with a fresh reminder of how easy quitting smoking really is ( especially when the lying monster could still overtake my thoughts when Iwasn't paying attention). It took less than 5 min to read. I can't say enough good about it.
I quit smoking one day before buying this book. I didn't know it was written as a diary and I'm glad I didn't or else it would've taken another year to do so. The book is repetition after repetition of things that the author sees as never thought out by anyone else... It isn't. It's very common knowledge and it shouldn't take 365 days to get to this conclusion. But hey... It's cheap and it might help. Just don't think I'd be helped by it in any way.
To quote so many other reviews, this book really did change my life!
I went into reading this with some scepticism, I thought how can you stop somebody who loves drinking from drinking?! But it totally changed my thoughts toward alcohol and is such a simplistic approach that it is hard for it not to work. It well worth reading in my opinion if you want to take hold of your drinking. This book was important to me because I haven't 'wanted' a drink where on previous attempts to quit I always felt like I was depriving myself and loosing out, this time round which I think is genuinely done it.
I had already given up smoking for 3 weeks when I decided I needed something to keep me going. I read the book in a day and then read it again the next day. I realised that Allen had done it without nicotine replacement and so would I. It was very inspirational but also very blunt and to the point - there was no frills to it. I would recommend the book but without will power nothing will work. Im still a non smoker, 3 months on :) !!!
This was recommended to me as a very helpful reading and an ecouragement tool to have I would advise anyone who is thinkig of stopping smoking to buy this book. It has helped me to stop smoking after more than 40 years