Welcome Life Beyond Compulsive Tattooing. The statistics speak for themselves:
- 14 per cent of Americans of all ages have at least one tattoo.
- 26 per cent of Americans aged between 18 and 25 have at least one tattoo.
- 32 per cent of people who have a tattoo claim they are ‘addicted’ to ink.
So why are so many people compulsively tattooing? The most common excuses are;
- It allows me to express myself
- It makes me feel unique
- It allows me to be myself.
Collectively these excuses suggest a compensatory behaviour for low self-worth.
Of course people get tattoos for many other reasons including:
- artistic expression
- rebellion from authority
- a visual display of a personal narrative
- reminders of cultural traditions
- sexual motivation
- identification with a group
- drunken or drugged impulsiveness
- and some people hide behind their tattoos, which suggests shame and guilt.
“Let’s just admit the obvious.
Some tattoos are more graffiti than true art”
– Peter Zapfella
What have the researchers found?
Tattooed people are associated with greater numbers of lifetime sexual partners (Heywood 2012), earlier sexual initiation, higher frequency of sexual intercourse and increased preference for oral sex (Nowosielski 2012). In adolescents, tattoos also correlate with the likelihood of having unprotected sex (Yen, 2012).
Tattoos indicate impulsiveness (Kim, 1991). Surveyed students with tattoos were more likely to have engaged in hard drug use, sexual activity, and suicide at greater degree of involvement than those without tattoo’s. (Heywood, 2012).
In Croatian jails the prisoners tattoos are correlated with lower IQs and those possessing them demonstrate significantly higher levels of impulsiveness than the non-tattooed prisoners. (Pozgain 2004).
An overview of autopsy reports also revealed that persons with tattoos appear to die earlier than those without. A negative tattoo may suggest a predisposition to violent death, but is eclipsed by the presence of any tattoo (Carson 2014).
Tattoos have been linked to psychiatric disorders such as depression (Heywood, 2012), eating disorders (Carroll, 2002), borderline personality disorder (Raspa, 1990), neuroticism (Pozgain, 2004) and increased risk of suicide (Carroll, 2002). In high school students, tattoos correlate with suicidal idealization, suicidal attempts, and depression (Yen 2012).
Endorphins including dopamine, are produced by exposure to various drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and many prescription drugs, resulting in addiction. Dopamine is also produced as a result of pain. Therefore it follows that compulsive tattooing may be driven by short-term ‘pleasure from the pain’ while getting a tattoo.
It follows that if a person is compulsive about receiving tattoo’s they may be suffering from low self-esteem and self-worth, and they may be suffering from depression too. For them tattoo’s give them a ‘perverse pleasure’ through this form of body mutilation.
Research on tattooing reveals some interesting findings:
Both men and women had higher body appreciation, higher self-esteem and lower anxiety immediately following receiving a new tattoo. This is indicative of endorphin release as a result of being inked. However women had a sharp increase in anxiety levels in the weeks following, which may be associated with concerns about their body image. Informal observations have shown some individuals who were formerly addicted to drugs subsequently took up a compulsion to body ink. The reason would include immediate endorphin release, which then demands repeated tattooing to achieve on going satisfaction.
So what does this all mean? Tattooing is fashionable up to a tipping point. Then it can become indicative of deeper emotional and psychologically problems as the inking becomes compulsive.
Rather than getting more tattoos as a temporary ‘high’, which will dissipate in time anyway, leaving an ugly reminder, maybe those people should seek professional assistance to overcome the cause of their basic problem – low self esteem, low self worth, anxiety and depression.
Other health factors to consider before getting a tattoo.
- Tattooing may seem like just a piece of wearable art, but it involves the deep injection of potentially toxic chemicals into the skin.
- You can suffer serious infections from unhygienic practices and equipment. Infections can also result from ink that has been contaminated with bacteria or mould. Using non-sterile water to dilute pigments is common.
- Some tattoo studios inject carcinogenic inks into the skin of their customers. Source; Danish Environmental Protection Agency 2012 survey.
- Published research has reported that some inks contain pigments used in printer toner or in car paint. FDA has not approved any pigments for injection into the skin for cosmetic purposes.
- There is no way to tell for sure if tattoo ink is safe. It can be dangerous even if the container is sealed or the label says the product is sterile.
- Tattoo colours change and ‘run’ in time. Todays tattoo will not look the same in a few years, and in a few decades it will have changed further.
- Tattooing is a fashion and we all know fashions change. Tattoos’ can be dated by their style. How long before your new tattoo is so yesterday?
- One day you may have an ugly blue blob on your skin that used to be an attractive tattoo. It can become an embarrassment.
- Finally, tattoo removal by laser is an expensive, painstaking process with no guarantees of success.
- If you choose to get a tattoo think carefully before you do, because you will be marked for life.
The synonyms for the word compulsive include; enthusiastic, passionate, irresistible, compelling, urgent and overwhelming.
The synonyms for the word excessive include; disproportionate, exaggerated, excoriate, extravagant, extreme, inordinate, needless, redundant, superfluous, unconscionable, unreasonable, boundless, dissipated, dizzying, immoderate, indulgent, intemperate, limitless, more, overboard, overkill, plethoric, prodigal, profligate, self-indulgent, sky-high, stratospheric, superstar, too many, unbounded, unmeasurable and way out.
When we experience negative experiences and emotions resulting in repeated negative self-talk we imprint our unconscious mind with negativity. As a result self-limiting beliefs are created. These can lead to ‘bad’ habits of behaviour, and so the cycle continues.
Imagine what happens when we replace the negative self-talk and emotions with repeated positive affirmations. New self-empowering thoughts and beliefs can result in ‘good’ habits and behaviours. We have the potential to replace the negativity with positive, resourceful thinking over time.
Because our critical analytical conscious mind can ‘filter out’ messages that conflict with existing negative and self-limiting beliefs, we ‘obscure’ the positive Welcome Life Beyond Compulsive Tattooing subliminal affirmations within masking music and environmental sounds.
“Today is the future you created yesterday, and tomorrow you create in your thoughts today. So be inspired by what your unconscious mind thinks … today.” – Peter Zapfella
Subliminal affirmation text;
“You know excessive tattooing is a sign of low self-esteem and inability to cope with life’s emotional challenges. Tattooing is a contradiction of survival because it is possible some tattoo inks can cause cancer. This is detestable to you, so you no longer risk it. Tattooing never fixed anything; it just created another problem.
Your own skin is glowing more strong and beautiful without ink. Your mind and your skin do not need tattoo’s to feel beautiful because you know you already are.
You are now more clear in the mind, more relaxed in the body. You accept everything and everybody because you are more confident in your own skin. You have greater self-control. The way that you feel is becoming better and better because the burdens have been lifted for ever and ever now that you welcome life beyond compulsive tattooing.”
You can listen to the Welcome Life Beyond Compulsive Tattooing subliminal affirmations almost anytime you choose. Just select the environmental (‘Gentle Lake Waves’), music (‘Pleasant Guitar and Piano’ or Zumba style ‘Latin Dance’ or binaural beats (‘Anti-Anxiety’, ‘Beta’, ‘Theta’ or ‘seXXX’) appropriate to your mood. When ready to sleep (we recommend either ‘Gentle Lake Waves’ or ‘Theta’), let the Welcome Life Beyond Compulsive Tattooing positive words guide your deep unconscious mind into the realms where dreams become reality. Because the Welcome Life Beyond Compulsive Tattooing messages are repeated every minute, your unconscious will hear them repeated up to 450 times while you sleep. That’s powerful.
The more your deep unconscious hears the Welcome Life Beyond Compulsive Tattooing positive messages repeated, the more they are uncritically accepted by your unconscious. Welcome Life Beyond Compulsive Tattooing subliminal messages have been professionally written to influence your deep unconscious so they can become a new positive unconscious belief.
Some people go through life emotionally and psychologically ‘injured’. They are struggling with a load of ‘baggage’ (negative emotions, self-limited beliefs). They can only dream of being free (positive emotions and behaviours). They could listen to Welcome Life Beyond Compulsive Tattooing subliminal affirmations, and over time re-train their deep unconscious mind to think and feel differently. Just how much time varies from one individual to the next, because we all have different past experiences, and our deep unconscious has interpreted those experiences desire, the good news is that most emotional and behavioural challenges can in a unique way. That is an analogy of how most subliminal affirmation downloads currently available on the Internet work. Peter Zapfella uses his one-on-one therapies to ‘delete’ the negativity attached to memories from the past. The results are so immediate, they are miraculous.
That is why Peter Zapfella suggests you start with one-on-one therapy using Skype @ skypetherapy.pro, The Welcome Life Beyond Compulsive Tattooing positive affirmations then point your unconscious in a new resourceful direction, where you can escape all the negativity from the past forever.
If your personal challenges need a therapeutic approach to achieve the change you respond well to one-on-one psychotherapy tailored to the individual, by combining Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and advanced hypnotherapyusing Skype @ skypetherapy.pro
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