Now to you there may not seem to be much difference between the two choices. “Slim” or “thin”? Surely they’re both pretty much the same?
No. They aren’t.
As a hypnotherapist specialising in weight loss I spend my days talking to clients about their weight. I talk to them to help them become very focused and comfortable and I talk to them about the types of changes they can make and how they can make them.
Words Are Just Words And Don’t Mean That Much…Don’t They?
I have to be a cunning linguist at times to help people overcome blockages in thought and feeling and to enable people to see things in a different way to facilitate change. Words are my bread and butter.
As a result I can be a little nit-picky about some words and their usage because all words are an outward expression of internal thoughts or feelings. The words you use to and about yourself say as much to you as they do to other people. In the last few weeks I have seen a number of examples of people using the word “thin” when what they actually wanted was to become “slim”.
An Expression Of Concern Or a Compliment?
Perhaps you are following me so far, maybe not, let me try and clarify what I mean by giving you an example. Imagine two women meet up. They are friends but haven’t seen each other for six months. One woman says to the other “Wow, you look thin.” When you read that did you read it as a compliment or an expression of concern?
I just looked up a definition of “thin” and found words like sparse, lacking, having little flesh and scant all associated in one way or other with the word thin.
Now imagine that first woman said to her friend “Wow, you look slim.” Does that sound like a compliment? I think it does. It sounds encouraging and supportive rather than concerned or worried.
I Won’t “Make You Thin”
The problem is that the word “thin” keeps cropping up. Paul McKenna has a book called “I can make you thin” and a fellow hypnotherapist in Sheffield had a magazine advert saying that he could help you become thin.
This is a dangerous use of the word and if you want to become “thin” maybe you should have a think if you mean thin or slim. A seemingly small thing like changing a word could have a big impact. I have seen it happen many times.
Being slim implies being smaller but healthy. Being thin implies being beyond healthy slimness and into unhealthy territory.
Do you want to be slim or thin?
If you would like some help becoming slimmer then hypnotherapy with me could help. If you want to become thin then I am not the right hypnotherapist for you and maybe you should try Paul McKenna or hypnotherapist on Woodseats!
For a free chat about hypnotherapy, weight loss and becoming slimmer call 0114 383 0123