I happened to have noticed: It seems like the bulk of the glowing reviews are written by men. As many reviewers have pointed out, Dr. Sarno's most famous fan is Howard Stern. Are any notable women among the doctor's big advocates?
I agree that repressed emotion can inflict some serious muscle tension as does high stress in general. At the same time, we're living in a crude, rude, self-absorbed age where just about "anything goes". Therefore, wouldn't it stand to reason that TMS would have been an even greater problem in the Puritan or Victorian/Freudian era more so than our "liberated" modern era? It seems we're living in a time when the pressure to maintain a stoic composure isn't what it once was even by comparison to the 1930s/40s/50s. Gender roles have never been more flexible, etc.
If there is one big change from earlier times in society it is the prevalence of technology & automation. For most people, life doesn't entail the physically-active demands it once did (and we've got the obesity epidemic to prove it). We are far more sedentary, desk and computer-bound than ever. So doesn't it figure that more than anything being inactive may be the "injury" (pain generator) of modern times?
Dr. Sarno shares in common with other healthcare practitioners one salient piece of advice: get moving again. Do not be dominated by fear of pain or further injury. And therein lies the secret, I suspect: Taking up an active life might have more to do with a remission in TMS (stress-related) pain than anything else!
I'm curious: It's not clear from reading the bulk of the positive reviews how long the pain was relieved or to what degree using the "Sarno Solution". For those who respond, I'd like to see some indication of how many women vs. men found the method beneficial.
I have a theory that more men are going to be out of touch with their emotions than women, and if that's the case it would figure that more men will find the Sarno Solution applicable than not. On the other hand, Dr. Sarno includes in his group of TMS suffers those who are "overly conscientious", which could describe a lot of "Women Who Give Too Much" (another book title).
Finally, did everyone who found relief from this book agree that A) they were repressing things, B) were overly conscientious --- e.g. "the need to please" C) were a compulsive/perfectionist "Type A" personalities?
Dr. Sarno describes a very specific set of personality characteristics that he feels are at risk of TMS. For those who have really tried to relate to his methods but do not fall into Dr. Sarno's "personality structure" criteria is there any noticeable or lasting relief to be gained?