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Dr. Sarno--You've Done it Again!,
This review is from: The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders (Hardcover)John's Sarno's books have totally changed my life! About 11 years ago I hobbled into a class I was teaching in severe back pain---pain I had experienced frequently over a more than 30 year period.
One of my students came up and said he had a book that would "cure your back pain once and for all." Of course, I dismissed his offer as politely as I could. After all, how in the world could a mere book cure my chronic back pain, when an aggregate of dozens of chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, osteopaths, and even an orthopedic surgeon had not been able to help?
I quickly forgot about the whole thing. The following week the pesky student showed up with Dr. Sarno's Healing Back Pain and strongly urged me to read it, again insisting that it would cure my pain. At this point, I decided to take the challenge, read the book, and then prove to the student that the book was a complete farce.
Quite to my amazement, I literally "found myself" described on virtually every page. Applying the principles in that book, I cured my pain about 95% simply by feeling the signs of an incipient bout of acute pain, then trying to release the emotions or psychological resistance which was causing the pain. And in the remaining 5% of acute attacks of severe pain, I simply take time to reflect on and then let go of the underlying conflicting emotions which have caused the pain, since I have not neutralized them in time.
My chronic severe back pains which had persisted for over 30 years, are now gone, except for a very rare acute bout, which lasts for only a very brief period of time. Thanks, Dr. Sarno!
The greatest benefit for me of Healing Back Pain is that I no longer have the tremendous FEAR I used to experience during every bout of pain, expecting that somehow irretrievable damage was being done to my "fragile" back.
Sarno's latest book, The Divided Mind, goes into much greater depth and detail about TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome), or the way chronically repressed emotions, particularly rage, in the unconscious mind create actual physical pain in the body.
In a culture such as present day America where chronic pain of all descriptions is so prevalent, Sarno's book provides a beacon of hope for millions of sufferers.
Dr. Sarno, through decades of successful clinical practice, has discovered that much chronic pain, though indeed physical (so it's not "all in your head") is of psychological origin. The difficulty for many patients is accepting this basic fact. For many, it is much easier to want a physical "fix" for pain than to even consider the possibility that repressed emotion may be a causative agent.
The Divided Mind deals with the psychology, physical manifestations, and effective curative approaches in great detail. The appended chapters written by other physicians who have adopted Sarno's theory of TMS in their clinical practices makes the book all the more useful and fascinating.
Although I felt the author's devotion to Freudian explanations is a bit one-sided and dated, I still believe this is a "must read" book for people experiencing chronic pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc., who are ready to "think outside the box" and look for new possibilities in healing themselves.
A most interesting book which will give you much greater insight into yourself.
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Initial post: Mar 13, 2009 7:00:51 AM PDT
So, did you give the pesky student an "A"? ;)
Posted on Oct 11, 2011 7:59:31 AM PDT
What do you mean when you say that that you release the emotion? Does it mean to relax about it? Just trying to apply it to myself, your answer would be most helpful.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:20:22 AM PST
Paul Gallagher says:
check out releasetechnique.com
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 6:51:35 PM PST
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Harper Willson says:
The program sounds very interesting, except for the "no fear" part.
What's that about? Can you elaborate a bit? Fear is a vitally important instinct, isn't it? It's not *fear* we want to be rid of but *anxiety,* a.k.a. repressed, free-floating, unhinged kinds of fear, right? Not the experience of authentic fear; not the instinct of fear itself. Seems to me we'd be terribly vulnerable without it.
Fear works with intution. As I understand it, with practice we can learn to identify and trust spontaneous fear-reactions to help steer us away from harmful situations or potentially dangerous people. That's how I've been taught to think about fear, anyway. Have I been taught wrong?
Thanks for the additional information. Your further input would be enormously helpful!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 7:22:57 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 8:20:06 PM PDT
Anton Boulantsov says:
what are you on about... obviously fear is useful if you see a lion and need to run for your life. there are far less useful forms of fear, as described in the review. in his case, he was worried that his back was being damaged, which i'm guessing was an erroneous conclusion that was the byproduct of severe pain. getting over that psychological barrier which he just happened to call "fear" (i'm sure there are other words that could have been used) was instrumental in the recovery process.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 12:50:52 AM PST
Ace1, my take from the book (which successfully cured my back pain five years ago) isn't entirely that you release the emotion, although you will be somewhat more at ease with it. Rather, the book teaches you how to "disconnect" the emotion ("cause") from the physical pain ("effect"), so it's first and foremost about treating physical discomfort. Still, there may be a nice by-product of reduced emotional discomfort in the process. I'm grateful I stumbled across the book several years ago.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 9:57:45 AM PST
Seaside Roses says:
Al, you are making an important point. You are not trying to eliminate the emotion, but only to bring it into consciousness so that you can deal with it in other ways-hopefully resolve it-so that it doesn't need to manifest itself to you anymore through your body. Ultimately it's best to face all your hidden "truth" in all it's ugliness.
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