Is the Grocery Store Hypnotizing You?

By Rena Greenberg

If you think you can’t be “hypnotized,” it’s important to realize that hypnosis is an everyday experience in our society.

Do you ever wonder why you often spend more than you expected to when you go grocery shopping?

The grocery store industry is a multibillion-dollar business, and food industry executives understand the power of subconscious influence—whether they call it hypnosis or not. Be aware—they are not using hypnosis in a way that serves you. The food industry is doing its best to make sure that shopping is a hypnotic experience. Food companies spend millions of dollars each year researching human behavior, and the grocery store industry has figured out how to get us to spend more money each time we run into the store to “pick up a few things.”

Have you ever noticed any of these little hypnotic influencers?

  • Grocery store carts have become bigger and bigger over time, so you never quite feel like your cart is full. Did you ever notice that?
  • The flat shelves that used to be at the checkout have mostly been removed, making it much more difficult to remove something from your cart at the last minute.
  • Bright-colored items and enticing smells are placed in the front of the store to make you “feel good.”
  • “Happy” music is played in most stores, accompanied by bright, yet soothing lights. Both are engineered to make you feel cheerier—enticing you to shop more.
  • The most common items people buy are milk and bread.  That’s why they are placed at the back of the store. This way you have to pass all the multicolored, tempting canned and boxed food items to get to them.
  • The candy at the checkout counters and the boxes of sugary cereals that have toys in them are placed at kids’ eye level.
  • The “sales” at the aisle ends are typically paid advertisements and not really such great values.
  • Prices are often doubled on goods and then offered as “Buy One Get One Free” deals.

Why am I bringing this to your attention? Because if you think you can’t be “hypnotized,” it’s important to realize that hypnosis is an everyday experience in our society.

The issue really is whether you can master self-hypnosis. Are you able to program your own mind to do what you consciously want to do? That’s easy to answer. Do you have the results in your life that you are longing for?

Are you happy? Peaceful? Feeling completely nurtured in your relationships? Is your life’s work fulfilling to you? Are you healthy? Are you at your ideal weight? Are you doing the things you say you want to do?  Are you financially free?

If you can’t answer “yes” to these questions, be gentle with yourself . . .it’s a process. Be true to yourself if you want to live the life of your dreams. Take steps to get on the right track, become aware of how companies and industries are trying to seduce you, and then use hypnosis knowingly for your own benefit.

Awareness is the first step toward change.

Rena Greenberg, a Hay House author, can be reached at Her weight loss and gastric bypass hypnosis success has been featured in 150-plus news stories including USA Today, Woman’s World, The Doctor’s, CNN, Good Morning America and Nightline. PBS stations nationally aired Rena’s show, “Easy Willpower,” in August 2015. Her wellness program is sponsored in 75 hospitals and 100-plus corporations. She conducts hypnotherapy sessions with people all over the world on Skype.

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