Many people suffer from an addiction, be that online shopping, social media, food or alcohol.
But Marina Schaumuller’s addiction is truly a strange one.
You see, Mrs Schaumuller is addicted to reading romance novels.
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However, after speed reading up to four books a day and 50,000 books over her lifetime, she has suddenly given up.
“I haven’t touched a book for two weeks now, in fact the thousands I had in the house have now been thrown out,” Mrs Schaumuller said with pride.
How that happened is truly remarkable, but first … who on earth can read so many books and nothing but romance?
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“My addiction started when I was a teenager. I was bullied at school, so I read romance as an escape and saw myself as pretty and running off with the handsome Prince,” she said.
But as the decades rolled on Mrs Schaumuller continued to read well after the bullying had stopped.
“I will start reading sometimes at four o’clock in the morning and not finish until two o’clock the following morning,” Mrs Schaumuller said.
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“I have missed out on so much in life because of my addiction. I want to do things with my husband Erhard but can’t find the time between all the books.”
“Once she starts, she just doesn’t stop,” Mr Schaumuller said.
“And I feel a bit neglected”.
Mrs Schaumuller was desperate, and a keen A Current Affair viewer.
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Over the years she had watched hypnotherapist Mark Stephens help people kick their bad habits, be that food addiction and smoking or fears such as needles, which left many people unable to get the COVID-19 jab.
He has had remarkable success and Mrs Schaumuller thought he might be the man to help her.
So, she contacted us and we put them in touch.
“Marina’s subconscious mind needs to be re-set,” Mr Stephens said.
“She is stuck in a bad habit and can’t break the cycle.”
So, Mr Stephens got to work with Mrs Schaumuller, with hypnotherapy relaxation techniques and aversion therapy to make her turn away from reading romance.
After an hour she said, “I just don’t have the same attraction to them anymore”.
Mr Stephens continued the sessions for a few more days, and now two weeks on, Mrs Schaumuller has cleared the house of romance novels and not read a word.
“I feel I have my life back,” she said.
And her hubby Mr Schaumuller is one happy man.
For more information on Mark Stephens, visit here.