When someone posts here, we have the opportunity to ask them questions and draw them out.
Do you feel this "anonymity" allows participants to more fully "get it" here?
I have a pretty unfiltered way of expressing myself so I would likely be the same person in a clinical setting, I would like to think so. You might have to see me watering my cheeks more though.
Having never been in a "clinical situation" regarding quitting and questions being asked, I really don't know. But I would think it's pretty obvious that opening up to a group of like-minded quitters who have experienced the same things I have as a smoker, would be more conducive to freely expressed communication. Whether we "catch" more of the unguarded feelings - I can't say. Them clinicians are pretty savvy when it comes to behavioral stuff that we aren't even aware of. I think there could easily be an equal amount of "anonymity," if not more so, in a clinical situation. Once you open yourself here, you're opening yourself to a world of people. Not just to a few in a clinical environment. I also think that those who have no regard to privacy and easily spill their guts are gonna do so under either circumstance. So I can't vote for one choice or the other.
i feel it is about the same. For me, I would not waste my time with not being open, her or in the clinical situation.
I haven't experienced a clinical setting (like say, a study), so don't know the depth or range of questions or the one on one interaction in such a setting. I was just curious.
It's my opinion that more people are willing to open up and relax their guard more in here than in a face to face situation. I also think most would do better in this group environment than in a clinical gathering. Alternatively, I feel one on one in a clinical situation would probably be the most helpful.
In a clinical situation, there is less anonymity. and more face to face pressure on the individual and our little (big?) personality issues. Here we can pretend to be all over the place and if we are good enough sales people, we can maintain any bluff we like. Instead of being a 70 year old pain in the ass ranting about **** that I don't really know as much as I should about, I could be anybody. I mean anyone. I could be a belly dancer from Mumbai (someone I would really like to meet btw) or an escaped patient from a mental hospital. You never have to make any of what is written here real. Its just like an amazon review. FIVE STARS. This is a great TV because it arrived on time and it works. The picture is an offense to a camera, any electrical noise is turned into either video noise or the worst excuse for audio you ever subjected yourself to. This medium is the subject of the question. How valid is any individual effort that you read here.
The answer is this. If you go out the door and look at the sky, you will have an accurate weather report. If you go on line and check the weather report generated by someone 2000 miles away,... I have a better one. This is a traffic report that is 5 hours old. IF I am a 5 hour old traffic report, what am I? Noise. That is a pessimistic analogy.
Fact is this. When I wake up, I make some coffee and come over here to get my resolve up for the day. There is someone here who really wants us all to be better happier people. That person is here every time. Maybe the silly cheerleader, or the whiny selfish person, the self professed expert, a crazy cranky old booger like me or the voice of reason, who holds this funny farm together. You write something and someone responds. There are real people here doing the real work of quitting smoking and this is our liferaft.
As I have said many times......if this site had turned out to be a bunch of doctors or psychologists or counselors who would give me advice, I would not have even established a page. It is important to me to have the support of regular people (yes---you are all regular!).
I agree with you. I never quit before because the doctors kept telling me to quit. i rebelled. I would never be open to my feelings to them cause i already knew i needed to quit, don't tell me something that i know already. If they never experienced "smoking", how are they to tell us how to do it? It's better to be in a more intimate setting with others in the same situations.
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