Self-Test for Unknown Denial of Lifestyle Risks to Health
Smoking (also dipping, chewing, patching) nicotine, abusive use of alcohol & other drugs, chronic mental stress & too much body fat
Although created to help adults dependent on nicotine, this assessment is of equal value to people who no longer or never used it. The same subconscious resistance to the sufficient awareness of truth, denial, that kills cigarette smokers and so disables their families threatens adults with other addictions or dangerous levels of stress or body fat.
This test for the unrealized defensiveness commonly called "denial" and as it relates to lifestyle health is a recent addition to this author's list of health-improving, wellness-promoting assessments. Please keep in mind that no results of such testing tell absolute facts. They indicate important possibilities for you to consider.
Based on his 40 years of first-hand clinical health care experience and study done when hardly anyone else was doing something similar, the author of the program Nicotine Dependence Relief and Recovery is entirely convinced that the following statements are true. Those four decades of experience and study allowed him to discover and be the first to tell the essence of what each statement reveals. Please read all of them before going further.
* Nicotine delivered by dipping tobacco includes “snus” (Swedish for snuff) and "dissovables” (breath freshener-like strips, candy-like orbs or lozenges and toothpick-like sticks) that don’t require spitting.
A. Now, please answer this question. Overall, how new to you or different from what you've seen and heard before, discovered and told by some other source, were the core or essential messages in those 12 statements? For example, the essential message in statement #1 is that besides being addictive nicotine is a poison to be entirely avoided ... including products such as patches sold supposedly to help smokers quit permanently. The inference is that thinking it's potentially helpful for smokers to take that poison, by any method, clearly shows subconscious denial of smoking's root cause and so considerable threat to individual and public health.
Lump together and average those statements on a scale from one (1) to seven (7) . . . with seven (7) being essentially, not entirely, new or different. You haven't seen or heard the essence of what they say originating from (uncovered and told by) someone other than the author of this test. A rating of one (1) means there's essentially no difference. You've seen or heard the essence of all of them, and they were discovered and said by another source. Of course, feel free to choose a number between one (1) and seven (7).
Choose a number:
Overall, Not Essentially Different / New to Me ... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 ... 6 ... 7 ... Overall, Essentially Different / New to Me
B. Next do this rating of overall believability by choosing a number from 1 to 7. Feel free to choose a number between 1 and 7.
Overall, Not Believable to Me ... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 ... 6 ... 7 ... Overall, Believable to Me
The 12 statements read and rated are essentially, not totally, new or different and believable. Ratings of 7 (seven) are the best answers. The higher the numbers you chose, the less of the honestly unknown denial you have that threatens you and helping to save the lives of adults and children you love.
If you are NOW dependent on nicotine (now a chronic or binge user), the lower the numbers you picked -- especially the FIRST of the two ratings (part A) -- the greater the likelihood you are denying lifestyle risks to your health.
If you were NEVER dependent on (addicted to) nicotine, the lower the numbers you picked in the one-to-seven ratings -- especially the SECOND of the two (part B) -- the greater the likelihood you suffer with lifestyle health risk denial.
Most respectfully, you could not have seen or heard the core or essential messages in the statements and originating from someone else. You may have read or been told things that seemed like them, but that's not what you were asked to rate. Given the real-world and specialized clinical healthcare experience, published insights and 40 years of study that went into those 12 truthful statements they would be highly believable.
A rating of 6 or less says defensiveness. Truthful statement # 6 briefly introduced a teenager-like part of the human brain that starts, almost always before the age of 25, and keeps people smoking, dipping, chewing or patching nicotine. When they stop, it makes them relapse. It does that by denying (resisting enough awareness of) the true cause of unhealthy smoking and so the presence of present or potential risks to their health. That part is more "primitive" (far less directed by what's learned from experience) and sometimes unknowingly makes adults behave like adolescents.
A rating of 6 or less strongly suggests you're telling yourself and don't realize it that using this Web site's information won't help because you already know, when you don't, the more useful information here. At a subconscious level of thinking (if 6 or less), the very important but teenager-like part of your brain is already dismissing even the lifesaving elements of what the truthful statements reveal. That takes away much of the considerable potential to help make and keep you and the people you care about healthier and happier.
Teenagers and the teen-like part of adults can easily and understandably confuse something different and new that makes sense for what they already know. They subconsciously figure something such as, "What I just read (heard) is reasonable and probably accurate. That means it's not original and different from what I've been told. So few things are new that I must have heard or read it somewhere else."
There is more. If you have any experience attempting to give a new driver advice about how to avoid accidents, you can relate to this. The teenager-like element of we adults that uses subconscious denial of causation and risk to get and try to keep control of using nicotine (also alcohol and other drugs and what makes unhealthy excess stress and bodyweight) resists believing what other adults found that has repeatedly proven to be true. That includes learning gained from many years of first-hand and applicable unique experience.
What's the point? If you already know or suspect these results probably apply to you, don't waste this opportunity. Please avoid allowing an important but more primitive (less experience-oriented) portion of your brain to get away with risking your health and happiness. Continue and learn as much as possible from what you find here. Become unwilling to keep so much of this needless and honestly unknown resistance to awareness of truth that keeps you from better protecting your health and helping to save the lives of our children and grandchildren: lifestyle health risk denial.
Please highlight, copy and paste the following safe link (to this self-test) into an email message you create and send to one or more people you care about and will hopefully use what they learn to protect themselves and others.