Anyone who suffers from hay fever knows how irritating and, in some cases, disabling, the condition can prove. The New Scientist reports that self-hypnosis may be able to provide some relief.
I have to admit my motives for reporting this story are not entirely pure, the abstract does contain a phrase with natural comedy value. Apparently, in assessing the effectiveness of the treatment, something called a ‘nasal provocation test’ was carried out.
About the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:
- Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion
- The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic
- Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
- Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
“Excuse me, is that your nose, or did a bus park on your face?”
“Ooh, I wish I were you, to be able to smell your own ear.”
“Say, does that thing there influence the tides?”