Smoking Meditation: Day 16

Feeling Check


In the 1970s H. J. Eysenck and Kieron O’Connor (1979, 147), of the University of Psychiatry in London, postulated what now seems obvious, that “the major incentive for smoking is constituted by the physiological and psychological effects of nicotine,” and found that these effects were, in fact, “twofold” and “contradictory”: “people smoke because they are bored and wish to raise their level of arousal, while on the other hand, people smoke because they are tense and overaroused, and wish to reduce their level of arousal.” As you get ready to smoke today, right before you smoke, ask yourself, Am I overaroused or underaroused? Do I wish to up my level of arousal or tamp it down? Jot the answers on the pack with an up or down arrow, or with a plus or minus sign. So, if you want to up your level of arousal, mark the pack with a plus sign or an upward arrow; if you are trying to calm down and reduce your level of arousal, mark the pack with a minus sign or downward arrow. In other words, before you smoke, do a “feeling check.”

Read the Original/Introductory post (for context)

Adapted from Smoke-Free Smoke Break (Pavel Somov, Ph.D. & Marla Somova, Ph.D., New Harbinger Publications, 2012)

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    Last reviewed: 24 Aug 2013

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Somov, P. (2013). Smoke Mindfully to Quit Mindfully: Day 17 – Feeling Check. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 29, 2015, from


Select books by Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.:
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