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Hypnotherapy - Treatment, Procedure And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

The treatment involves taking the affected person to a state of trance or a mental state in which most negative thoughts are pushed to the background and the person is said to be in a relaxed state of inner conscience. The therapist uses certain special techniques and natural means to slowly take the patient to this state. Once the expert knows that the patient has reached the appropriate level of mental state, the experienced therapist can start sending some positive messages that will be received by the patient. There are different types of hypnotherapy treatments available and those who wish to avail the treatment must get themselves acquainted with these, before subjecting themselves to hypnotherapy.

One of the most frequently made choices is to use hypnotherapy to offer psychotherapy treatment to patients. The therapist uses hypnotherapy to trace the root cause of some of the disorders the patients may be suffering from. Once the root causes are traced, the psychotherapist may take over and offer the required treatment.

There are also other types, like clinical and cognitive or behavioural hypnotherapy. Once the patient has the first level of consultations, the specialist would be in a position to identify the exact need and then direct the patient to the right kind of hypnotherapy. The patient will then have the option to choose the therapist and go for the treatment.

How is the treatment done?

The treatment is usually carried out in a very peaceful environment. The room in which the patient is asked to lie down is either made soundproof or the place itself is located in a quiet surrounding. In many cases, the lighting inside the room is also dimmed to create the ambience for the patient to feel relaxed and also go into a condition of trance or some kind of a mental state where the therapist can address the sub-conscious mind of the patient. The therapist may even use some soothing music and a headphone to take the patient to a state of relaxation and inner peace. The hypnotherapy specialist will know the stage at which he or she can begin the treatment and start speaking to the patient.

The usual method is to slowly make some positive suggestions. The therapist will keep a close watch on the responses to the suggestions and then keep proceeding further. It is possible that the desired results may not be obtained in the first hypnotherapy session and additional sessions might have to be scheduled. It is left to the therapist to make the assessment at every stage of the treatment.

The therapists also use the treatment for analysing the patient’s disorder and making a report that can be passed on to a psychoanalyst and to a psychotherapist for final treatment.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

There are different types of disorders that can be treated through hypnotherapy. In terms of the frequency of cases observed, men and women with avoidable habits like smoking have been seen to be choosing hypnotherapy. There are also persons with certain mental disorders such as anxiety, phobia and depression. These conditions are caused due to impressions formed inside the person’s mind, which can be eliminated through suggestions provided during the treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If someone is already suffering from conditions or symptoms identified as psychotic in nature, then they should avoid being subjected to hypnotherapy. If the person has hallucinations or if he or she suffers from drug or alcohol abuse, then this method of treatment may not prove to be very effective. In certain cases, it has been observed that mental disorders get treated quickly through medication than through hypnotherapy.

Are there any side effects?

There are not too many side effects on undergoing hypnotherapy. The only possible risk is related to the choice of the treatment for people who have specific known conditions like psychotic issues. Similarly, people with other mental conditions are susceptible to absorb the suggestions during the treatment in a wrong manner and the possible consequences thereof can be of an avoidable nature. Again, these are rare instances. As long as the therapist is a fully qualified and experienced person and the treatment has been chosen after accurate diagnosis by the expert, the chances of any side effects remain very slim.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

There are no specific instructions given to patients upon completion of treatment through hypnosis. Since the treatment itself is non-interventionist in nature with no medicines prescribed, the patients should be able to lead a normal life after the completion of the treatment. However, there can be cases where the chances of the person falling back into the same disorder are high. In such instances, the doctor can make a few suggestions to educate the person on the steps to be adopted, if he or she tends to go back to the condition. In the case of the example cited, such as smoking, there are chances the person might leave the habit completely, but may be tempted to restart it at some future point. The therapist can leave a few tips to avoid the situation from going out of hand.

How long does it take to recover?

The duration of hypnotherapy treatment could vary widely and will depend on the nature of the complaint, the type of treatment chosen and even on the response the therapist feels he or she is getting from the treatment sessions. In normal circumstances, each treatment session may last about 1 to 1 ½ hours. The average number of sessions used is 4, but it can go up in some cases. It’s purely a mind game and the stronger the person is mentally, the faster are the chances of being treated.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The fees charged by therapists in India can vary widely and would be based on how successful the therapist is. The total cost of the treatment can also vary according to the number of sessions availed for the complete treatment. One can assume that each session could cost up to INR 2500 and the total cost will not be less than INR 10, 000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Since hypnotherapy is a mind-related treatment, it is difficult to make predictions on how long the effects of the treatment will last. If the disorder or habit has been acquired by the patient due to his or her surroundings and if he or she goes back to those same surroundings, then there may be chances of the condition recurring. If the patient takes proactive steps to get out of such situations and starts a fresh life, then hypnotherapy can offer a permanent solution as well.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Hypnotherapy is a treatment by choice. People who wish to transform their outlook on certain lifestyle issues and wish to get out of habits like smoking, turn to this treatment. Some issues such as anxiety and depression can be treated through medication as well. The assessment must be done at the initial stage itself, by the GP or the specialist consulted, on the need for hypnotherapy or any alternative treatment.

Safety: Medium Effectiveness: Medium Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Recovery Time: Medium Price Range: RS. 2500 -Rs. 10,000

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Paranoid Personality Disorder - 12 Signs A Person Is Suffering From It!

MBBS, MD-Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Allahabad

The mind is a very intricate organ and controls the entire body functioning with great precision. Any small change in its wiring would mean changes in the way a person functions, including changes of emotions and feelings.

There is a group of personality disorders known as “cluster A” personality disorders. One of the most common forms in this is a paranoid personality disorder, also known as PPD. The onset of the problem is in early adulthood and men are more likely to have this condition as compared to females. People with paranoid personality disorder are very odd or have eccentric ways of thinking. The most common way of thinking is suspicion with no reason to do so.


  1. They are always on watch or guard and believe that others are out to harm or demean them.
  2. Their belief and distrust are often unfounded, and they find it very difficult to form close relationships, either at work or at home.
  3. There is always a doubt in terms of other people’s commitment and trust, and believe that others are out to use them and often end up deceiving them
  4. Find it very difficult to confide in people, and think the information they tell others may be used against them.
  5. They are always known to hold grudges from past experiences and find it very difficult to forgive others
  6. They are not open to criticism and are extremely sensitive to what others think of them or tell them
  7. Try to read between the lines and interpret more than the obvious
  8. They are very quick to retaliate and think others are constantly attacking what they say and/or do
  9. There is a constant thread of suspicion especially of their spouses or partners, which would be completely unfounded, and add unwanted strain on the relationships
  10. Refrain from forming close relationships and keep some distance even in close relationships. They are generally cold and can be jealous and controlling of their near and dear ones
  11. Firmly believe that their thoughts and words and actions are always right and do not believe in conflict resolution. They are usually argumentative, hostile, and stubborn
  12. They always present as tense and cannot relax very easily

Causes: There is usually a past history of emotional or physical abuse, which is unresolved, leading to these symptoms. Hypnosis, which is often used to diagnose the condition, is very helpful in identifying the cause.

Diagnosis: There are specific assessment tools and questionnaires which are useful in confirming the diagnosis.

Management: Psychotherapy where the person is taught to manage the above feelings and taught to communicate and cope with others. This is often combined with antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and antipsychotics.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Reprogramming the Mind - How it Helps You?

Master of Science/M.S. (Psychotherapy & Counselling), Ph.D.Neuropsychology, BA, Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology )
Psychologist, Udaipur
Reprogramming the Mind - How it Helps You?

Sometimes you may find yourself stuck in a rut that is frustrating and mind numbing. If you’re in such a situation, it could be an indication that you need to reprogram your mind. This will help you set realistic goals for yourself and lead a more fulfilling life. Before getting to how to reprogram your mind, it is important to first understand how the mind works.

Mind vs Brain

In colloquial terms, the words mind and brain may be used interchangeably but, the two are in fact not the same. While the brain is a physical organ, the mind can be described as a virtual entity present within each cell of our body and extended to minimum 2 inches outside body. That is why mind controls body. It is more like a collection of thoughts, emotions, imagination and memories. When compared to a computer, the brain acts as the hardware while the mind is the software within it.

The Three States of Mind 
The mind can be categorized into three states:

  1. Conscious
  2. Subconscious
  3. Unconscious

Actions that need you to make an effort and think about what you are doing are said to be performed by the conscious mind. The subconscious mind refers to information that is accessible to you when needed and otherwise not something you pay attention to. For example, when walking down the road to your house, your mind subconsciously creates landmarks. The unconscious mind consists largely of primitive instincts and memories from early childhood that may not be easily recalled.

Unconscious mind also contains memories from past lives. That has been proved by father of modern hypnotherapy, Dr. Brian Weiss. Thus hypnotherapy under supervision is a great tool for reprogramming your mind. Embedding positive cognitive scripts / suggestions through hypnosis helps in reprogramming mind. 

A majority of our daily functions are controlled by the unconscious mind. The memories stored in our unconscious mind are responsible for many decisions that we make based on beliefs. Thus, training the unconscious can help reprogram the mind and make it more productive.

Here are three easy tips to help you make your unconscious more efficient.

  1. Meditation: Meditation not only calms the mind and reduces stress, but can also help train the unconscious mind. Meditation helps increase your ability to concentrate on an activity and achieve the desired level of mental focus. This, in turn, helps develop new ideas and increases your belief in yourself.
  2. Visualize what you want to achieve: Merely telling yourself that you want to do better is not enough. You need to set a goal for yourself and visualize it to begin working towards it. Create a visual board of the type of house you would like to live in, the lifestyle you would like to have, the job you would like to have etc. avoid generalized visions and be specific about what you want.
  3. Hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy is a safe, brief and effective way to deal with many emotional and anxiety-related issues, such as those listed on the right. It enables you to deal with your own mental challenges and blocks, so that you can build on your strengths and take control of your life. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a psychologist.
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Using Non-medicinal Ways to Treat Pain

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, DNB Anaesthesiology, PDCC - Pain Management
Pain Management Specialist, Mumbai
Using Non-medicinal Ways to Treat Pain

When somebody is diagnosed with a short term or a life-threatening disease, one of the main things they are likely to stress over is pain. Though, there are many effective medicines for pain, it is important to realize that medicines are not by any means the only treatment method for pain. For instance, radiation treatment can be very useful in treating pain from cancer and also in facilitating bone pain identified with the disease.

The term "alternative therapy" for the most part is used to describe any treatment or alternative that does not require medicinal attention. Alternate treatment includes a combination of controls, including acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic treatment, yoga, hypnosis, relaxation, biofeedback, massage, homegrown cures, aromatherapy and numerous others.

There are various non-medicinal methods for adapting to pain. They can be used all alone or as a part of a mix with medication treatments. Some of the alternatives patients have discovered include:

  1. Massage: Many individuals discover relief from delicate back rub, and some clinics and massage parlors have trained massage specialists. A few studies have found that a back rub is extremely successful in soothing pain.
  2. Relaxation: Guided imagery, spellbinding, breathing procedures and relaxation arts like tai chi are effective and viable, especially when a patient is experiencing debilitating pain.
  3. Acupuncture: A few studies have found that acupuncture can be useful in calming pain for individuals with genuine ailments, for example - cancer.
  4. Physiotherapy: In case a person has been very active before and is currently bed-ridden, even simply moving the hands and feet a little bit with proper physiotherapy movements can offer help.
  5. Pet treatment: If you have episodes of pain that last 5, 10, or 15 minutes, attempting to discover something pleasant - like petting an animal's delicate fur can divert and help in relaxation.
  6. Gel packs: These are basic packs that can be warmed or cooled and used to ease pain.
  7. Chiropractic treatment: It is the most widely recognized non-surgical treatment for back pain. It is usually done by a chiropractor who will tune your nerves and other parts for pain relief. Qualified chiropractors are a rarity and hence one must be careful while dealing with them.
  8. Diet: A few people trust that dietary fat intake and consumption of plants that contain calming operators can ease pain by restricting irritation.
  9. Herbal treatment: The effectiveness of herbs is questionable. Do consult a doctor or a specialist since they could have a side effect of their own. Some of them can interact with the medicines you might be taking. This may cause harm to your health.

Alternative therapies to pain relief are not always harmless. As mentioned above, herbal remedies could have few side effects too. Likewise, one should always take a second opinion or consult someone before taking a decision on the kind of alternative therapy they opt for. It is better if you consult an interventional pain physician first and then follow his advice on how to follow these methods for maximal pain relief.

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Smoking Cessation - Can Hypnotherapy Help You?

Ph. D - Psychology
Psychologist, Jammu
Smoking Cessation - Can Hypnotherapy Help You?

Smoking is a die-hard habit and many people eventually die of the same. It remains one of the most common causes of cancer and lung diseases which eventually lead to death. The irony is that almost all smokers know the harmful effects but find it hard to quit. With a firm determination, there are people who quit but then the relapse rate is quiet high too.


  • Many believe that quitting requires a behavioural change. From peer pressure to a lifestyle habit, smoking is a social phenomenon. There are various methods to help quit smoking like quitting cold turkey and nicotine substitutes. Hypnosis is also gaining popularity as a method to help quit smoking. Research has shown an encouraging success rate in the range of 30 to 40% in cases where the desire and commitment to quit are high. This of course is with people who have strong will and are able to be hypnotized.
  • Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is a psychological technique used as supplemental therapy in a lot of cases - weight loss, depression, speech disorders, pain management, de-addiction; the list can be quite long.  It puts the person undergoing therapy into a deep sleep or trance, where they get in touch with themselves and find answers to a lot of questions. It is believed that while hypnosis puts a person to sleep, it also induces a higher level of cognition and a higher level of neurological activity.
  • 'During the actual session, the smoker is asked to imagine the numerous ill-effects of smoking and the need to reduce its harmful effects on the body. This improves the will power to quit smoking and reduces the desire. They are also advised of the benefits of quitting smoking, including longevity of life and better quality of life. The person is told that quitting smoking before 50 years of age gives a 50% chance of increase the lifespan by 15 years. Now that is quite motivating for a lot of smokers to give up the habit.
  • It generally takes about 4 full sessions of hypnotherapy to reach a level where the patient is ready to kick the habits. Also, self-hypnosis can be taught where the person can go into hypnosis on his own and enforce smoking cessation. There are even self-hypnosis tapes that are available for aid.
  • However, a word of caution here - hypnosis is not for everybody as not everybody can be hypnotized easily and there has to be a strong belief that it will benefit, only then can smoking cessation be tried with hypnosis. It is still in the testing phase and is to be medically proven as a way to quit smoking.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Hypnotherapy Helps To Deal With Fear And Phobias?

MBA (HR), D.Sc, MS - Counselling & Psychotherapy, M.Sc - Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Pune
How Hypnotherapy Helps To Deal With Fear And Phobias?

Jumping at the sight of a cockroach is normal, but some people won't even step into the room if they see one. Such people are said to suffer from a phobia of cockroaches. A phobia can be defined as the irrational fear of an object or situation, though it may not pose any real danger. A phobia often develops during childhood and gets aggravated as the person gets older.

Hypnotherapy has proven to be an effective form of treatment for phobias and fear. Hypnosis identifies the root cause or event that is the underlying cause of the phobia. A Hypnotherapist then attempts to change the person's reaction to the phobia trigger.

Some common phobias Hypnotherapists deal with are:

  • Fear of heights
  • Claustrophobia
  • Fear of insects and small animals
  • Fear of flying
  • Fear of technology

To do this a Hypnotherapist must ensure that the mind of the person is in a calm and relax state. This is because the root cause of a phobia is often a repressed memory. Thus, it can be accessed only when a person is in a state of heightened relaxation or trance. In this state, the mind is very receptive to suggestions. Once the memory has been addressed, it can be brought back to the conscious awareness. Addressing this conscious memory allows the therapist to make the patient feel less threatened by this trigger. The patient can then begin to form new thoughts and responses to the object or situation. This process is also known as Hypnotic regression.

A person normally needs 3-4 sessions of Hypnotherapy to be rid of a phobia. However, the number of sessions required varies from person to person and it may take additional sessions to cure a chronic phobia.

No. of sessions required depends on a number of factors such as:

  • How long the person has had the said phobia
  • His personality
  • How severely his life is affected by the phobia
  • How determined he is to free himself of the phobia

When you decide to work with a Hypnotherapist to get rid of your phobias, it is essential that you make the right choice in terms of the Hypnotherapist. You should ensure that you are being treated by a licensed professional Hypnotherapist. Also, make sure that you can trust the person and are comfortable in his or her presence. Take your time finding someone who you can open yourself up to and get started on conquering your fears.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

I have anxiety. I don't know whether I am having depression or not. I took medications for this for 8 months and course has been completed in Jan this year. But from past 2 months I don't know I am feeling scared and very moody for no reason and no happiness not at all. If I hear anything about suicide I am feeling very low and scared that it might happen to me. Is this suicidal tendency. I don't want use any medications. Please suggest if clinical hypnotherapy helps to overcome all these. Planning to book an appointment.

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
It seems like depression with comorbid anxiety symptoms. Its necessary for you to consult a psychiatrist since the symptoms seem severe, chronic and relapsing. If the depression is clinically of a serious level only counseling or psychotherapy may not work that well. Before you opt for any mode of therapy consult a psychiatrist for detailed evaluation.
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I've heard that hypnotherapy helps in weight loss, how safe is it and does it have any side effects? And is there any particular age group limit? I've seen many YouTube comments that hypnotherapy worked wonders and they reduced many kgs within just weeks, please tell me if it's as safe as it sounds, thank you.

Internal Medicine Specialist, Delhi
Hypnotherapy is not a recognised form of therapy for weight loss in India. It is more for fun, than reality. People go in for it more out of curiosity than actual ground results. There is NO short cut to weight loss. You need a combination of Diet therapy+Regular Physical exercise to lose weight. It might also be prudent to go for weight reduction by surgery for your given weight. I have a friend- a surgeon in Delhi, who specialises in weight loss by surgery. Have a great day!
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I wanted to do an hypnotherapy treatment for anxiety and fear. If hypnotherapy gives any benefits. If it is good for mind relaxation?

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
Not all can be hypnotized and for anxiety and fear hypnosis alone is not an effective cure. Consult a psychiatrist and get evaluated, and let him provide the treatment options based on your condition. All the best.
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What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Demystifying Depression

I am Dr Jimmy Mody practicing in Bombay for the last 17 or more years as a psychotherapist. My training is in psychoanalysis, clinical hypnotherapy, transpersonal regression therapy, CBT and a few other.

Today we are going to talk about demystifying depression, it is a serious condition it's not just in mood swing, it's not a temporary thing, it's not just feeling low down in the dumps so when you start feeling depressed and starts affecting your life in many-many ways your eating, your sleeping, your relationship, even your work then it's about time that you start something about it. It affects about more than 10 to 15% of the entire population and of that only as much as one third of these people actually come for help and why could that be and of the one third that come for help as many as 80 to 90% get help and able to get some relief, within 2 month itself. So this is a lot about depression we need to know.

The causes of depression are not entirely known, but are vary then many typically they could be genetic, they could be biological, they could be a brain chemical, brain function problem, it could be due to a medical illness, it could be psychological or environmental and there are many-many other causes as well. For one thing it is not, it is not due to a personal weakness or personal flaw in your character, we assured of that. Now we need to look at what are the kinds of treatments that you need to go for and I would say that there are three prong approach towards helping you with your depression. You must go for all three of them and not miss anyone of them out. First is you need to consult a psychiatrist, psychiatrist who is a person, who is medically qualified and licenced to give you the medicines necessary to deal with the biological brain function aspects or causes of your depression or the medical illness causes of your depression. Then you need to go to a psychotherapist, he is not licensed to give medicine, so don't talk to him about your medications he may not know much about them. But he is trained in a number of different therapies such as I am, many of which a very good for working on your depression, particularly CBT. CBT has been found to be the best therapy for depression, it's evidence-based and it is empirical proven to have a high success rate higher than the any other therapies. The other thing that you need to do is self help, this is the third prong attack on your depression, is through self help. This cannot be under mind or under stated and self help you have to understand comes first with exercise, yes exercise, your brain has certain chemical called Endorphins and other hormones which get activated when you do a lot of aerobic kind of exercise. So even if you do half an hour walking or vigorous walking or running a day that would be good, that would be important and this is proven and in fact I can explain it to right now, in Prehistoric days when prehistory men and women existed there were no TV s, no convenience of cars, mobile phones, computers we have to go out into the field and work as farmers or hunter, gatherers. We were much more exposed to exercise then we are today and so it's not surprising that in those days the problem of depression was hardly ever heard or nobody was committing suicide.

So please, I urge you don't take it easy too simple and easy go out and commit yourself half an hour of exercise a day, ok. The next thing that you need to work on is yourself awareness- watching yourself, becoming aware of yourself, witnessing yourself, your thoughts and specially you find it easiest to witness watch and observe those thoughts that constantly, obsessively, persistently repeat. Take some of those thoughts that particularly repeat because they occupy a lot of your minds space don't allow you to think anything else or do anything else, take some others thoughts and just write down a few those thoughts. Look at what you written down, Its either a very general statement which most probably is, sometimes it might be specific. So general statement could be I am a failure, I am not good enough, nobody loves me, from these general statements we need to get little bit more specific.

Why do you feel this way? I am a failure because every time I work really study really hard for exams for school and college I just about manage to escape through, other friends who didn't study as hard as I did, got top marks, I am a failure or you might say I am a failure because I tried one starter Idea and didn't succeeded or I am a failure because every relationship I have been in, my girlfriend my boyfriend whatever has walked out on me, well we need to get more specific and you also need to challenge all of these assumptions that you just made about yourself. Human beings love the act and practice of self evaluation but nobody in school or college ever teaches us how to self evaluate. You must self evaluate not optimistically, you must self evaluate not pessimistically, you must self evaluate realistically. It means take each of these thoughts specially the repeated ones and challenge them challenge the ability, ask them to prove themselves, where is the evidence, is there more to the story or view then not doing well in your college exams, start looking at a larger picture of yourself, start evaluating yourself more realistic leave based on evidence and last but not the least become aware of your cynical thoughts. Nothing is good, nothing is worthwhile, its not good getting up and making an effort to do something for myself, people are like this. People and the government are all corrupt, all industrialist are corrupt, all police man are corrupt, we have a very cynical ideas, all men have only one thing on their mind very cynical idea. Cynicism seeks to destroy any good in you, so we don't want cynicism either. So now these fronts you need to become aware watch and challenge them, challenge them with possible alternative thoughts not positive thoughts, not positive thinking but possible alternative thoughts. What could be the other ways of thinking about yourself, what could be the other ways of evaluating yourself, let's get realistic, let's look for the truth, let s not jump to assumption and conclusions.

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