We had the pleasure of interviewing a special friend of the Infinite team and our official hypnotherapist, Gail Quek. Gail is a jack of all trades (or as she would say a “Jill of all trades”) – having used to be a copywriter and even worked at the Singapore Prison Service before becoming a certified hypnotherapist. Her ever learning attitude and constant drive to improve herself captures Infinite’s philosophy entirely, and that is, being better than yesterday.
Before we dive into the interview, let’s address a common misconception about hypnotherapy – it is not hypnosis.
Hypnosis is the process of getting a person relaxed and into an alternative state of consciousness, in which the person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. However, these suggested changes are often temporary.
On the other hand, hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis as a therapy to offer the person suggestions on a subconscious level to enable these people to fulfil their goals and aspirations. Hypnotherapy opens up the subconscious mind and allow positive suggestions to unfold, thus it is able to help with weight control, stop smoking, anxiety, depression and more.
Now let’s get into the interview!
Introduce yourself in one or two lines (what you do and something unique about yourself).
I suppose you could call me a Jill of many trades – I write, I teach, I transcribe, I do voice over work, and I’m also a certified clinical hypnotherapist. It’s a very mixed plate, and I enjoy it all. 🙂
Throughout your career what do you observe about women?
I think women can be really hard on themselves sometimes, especially those wearing multiple hats at work and home. It’s great to be motivated and to push yourself, but if you need a day off, or some time to yourself – just take it! What’s good for your mental and emotional health, will end up being good for all those around you in the longer run anyway.
What is one experience as a woman that was really significant for you?
Well this happened when I was a girl, but I think it counts. I remember being a Vice Prefect in primary school, and when the time came to select a new Head Prefect, I was surprised that I was passed over and another male prefect was promoted over me instead. When I questioned the decision, I was told by the teacher in charge that “the Head Prefect has always been a boy”. I was too stunned and young to challenge this at the time, but it really left an impression on me – it seemed like a poor justification; neither fair nor rational. I guess you could call that my first taste of the glass ceiling!
What do you think about women constantly pursuing to enhance themselves (learning new skills etc.)?
It’s great of course! And not just for women really – I think constant lifelong learning is so important for everyone. I always tell my students that you have to keep embracing that curiosity and drive to learn, even after you’ve stepped out of formal education.
Last but not least, what is one piece of advice you would want to give to all women out there?
Always feel good about yourself, in every possible way! Make that choice every single day when you wake. It’s something no one can take from you.
What you can do to make yourself/society better than yesterday?
A huge thanks to Gail for taking the time to do this interview!