The Divided Mind traces the history of psychosomatic medicine, including Freud's crucial role as well as his failures. Most important, it describes the psychology of the human condition that is responsible for the broad range of psychosomatic illness. Dr. Sarno believes that the failure of medicine's practitioners to recognize and appropriately treat mind-body disorders has produced public health and economic problems of major proportions in the United States. One of the most interesting and important aspects of psychosomatic phenomena is the fact that knowledge and awareness of the process clearly have healing powers.
©2006 John E. Sarno, M.D.; (P)2006 Audio Evolution, LLC
"Dr Sarno brilliantly explores the chasm between the conscious and unconscious minds, where psychosomatic ailments originate." (Mehmet Oz, M.D., co-author of You: The Owner's Manual)
I've held off weighing in with my opinion of this interesting book because I am so divided...part of me says belief should be based in empirical evidence, but a larger part of me argues that science still doesn't have their thumb on the whole mind/body connection--and I'm not yet ready to land completely on either side. There is a lot of research going on that is showing more connection than conflict with these two opposing views. Since minds far greater than mine are on it, I feel perfectly fine with my fence straddling for the time being!
My experience with this book--it reminded me a bit of what I call the Secret Dilema: 'so, if I don't live in a mansion and drive great cars, does that mean I am not good at creating the life of my dreams?' And, the broad statements that suppressed emotions cause our physical pains ('is it my own inabilities that cause my disease?--wow I REALLY suck') were a bit condemming. The repeated reminders that, "the conclusions here are not based on arm-chair deductions. They are the results of many years of experience with thousands of patients..." almost seemed to disqualify some of the information contained in the book; and there is some good mind/body information here. Carolyn Myss has been writing on this subject for years.
I've read a lot of reviews (here and on other sites as well) that are "testimonials", and of course the counter-testimonials, the Freudians views, the Jungians, etc. Carl Jung said, "The shoe that fits one person, pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases." Apply that wisdom in choosing this book's philosophy for yourself. There is no way to say this is a good book, or a bad book...you'll just have to try it on, walk around with it, see how it feels.
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 10 years ago, I can truly say- this book is a miracle. I was in horrible pain when I downloaded it yesterday. Tonight I feel like I could climb a mountain. Actually I am pretty sure I did. I thought I had cracked a rib, and I planed to see my doctor in the morning. Now, I'm going swimming instead.
PLEASE - if you are suffering any pain - give this book 6 hours and 23 minutes of your life. You've tried everything else.
My Mother died last year. We didn't have a good relationship. I was at the grocery store this week trying not to see all the people buying Mother's Day flowers, cards , and gifts. Is it a coincidence that I was in my bed crying on Mother's Day - using my Ten's unit for the pain? I already knew that I had a lot of unresolved issues with myself and my life, but I really thought I was getting them nicely under control.
Because of "The Divided Mind" I feel a weight has been lifted off of me.
I will be buying a hard copy of Dr. Sarno's book. This is an abridged version - I want to read every word.
I know I sound insane. I remember seeing John Stossel on 20/20 saying Dr. Sarno cured his back pain. At the time I thought it was the power of suggestion.
Well- I definitely suggest you give this book a chance to change your life. What do you have to loose - except your pain?
I don't care if the pain comes back. I feel empowered to deal with it.
Happy Mother's Day - I have to go have a conversation with my brain now.
"TMS should get more recognition"
It's all in your head. Well at least a large portion of it is in your head. Dr. Sarno's TMS hypothesis just makes sense. If you were to combine Dr. Sarno's recommended treatment for muscular pain with the dietary advice from "The China Study" written by Dr. Campbell, then you would have a winning combination for a healthy and pain free life.
I think that a little Prozac, maybe some cyclobenzaprine, quite a few prayers to Jesus, a mostly non-animal product diet, a smoke free and booze free lifestyle, and some psychotherapy can go a long way to solving most peoples pain problems. I'm no doctor, but I do very intense manual labor and this combination has done miracles for me, and I haven't found a physician yet who would refute my winning combination, though there might be a few surgeons that would be disappointed at the loss of business. In the long run it will save you and your insurance company a hell of a lot of money to do a few simple things. Even if you take out the psychotherapy and talk to a priest or pastor instead....all the rest of my suggestions are pretty much low cost or no cost. If you don't like praying to Jesus or Allah, then Buddhist meditations are said to work very well also, they just take more concentration than I can muster; it's all the same brain mechanisms at work no matter whether you pray or meditate and it is all said to be beneficial no matter what book you read.
At any rate, non-Dr. Mike will get back to the book review, so any-who, this book was very helpful. Half of all injuries have no identifiable cause, but Dr. Sarno and his Freudian approach gives a treatment to this unknown other half. I also strongly, very strongly recommend reading "The China Study". The combination of these two books will change your health and your life for the better if you implement them into your lifestyle.
"Not the whole book"
This book was very enlightening about sources of chronic pain and how to recognize them and recover.
I would recommend the book, but the audible.com is only half the book. Half the book was written by other contributors and nearly 200 pages of reading are not included in the audible.com version.
The book helps me understand my partner's chronic pain and some of my less severe pain symptoms. Together I think we can work on recognizing the sources of the pain and improving our lives.
I really wish the entire book were included in audible.com. I have to say I feel a little ripped off since only half the book was recorded.
"Paradigm shift -a book of deep insight and utility"
Paradigm Shift Book
This author is in a class by himself but "Rapid Recovery from Back and Neck Pain" by Fred Amir documents the effectiveness of Dr. Sarno's approach.
this is not a novel
not a novel
The material in this book is difficult for most people to understand and accept. Having the text as an audio-book helps with the appreciation and assimilation of the material. Still only one or two people out of twenty will have open enough minds to carefully consider the material and actually apply it in their lives.
"This book is worth a million dollars!"
This book saved my life! I owe my peace of mind to Doctor Sarno. The information is well written and presented.
"A Must Read"
For anyone living with chronic pain this book explains why the unconscious mind creates chronic pain as a defense mechanism.The book explains why becoming aware of the control the unconscious mind has over the body can be effective in eliminating the painful symptoms.
I continue to listen to the audio book and learn new information.
Listening to the audio book provides some relief of my chronic symptoms.
"Bodily pain as a distraction?"
Kudos to Dr. Sarno for being a life-long medicine healer in mind/body disorders! We know that there is a relationship between the mind and the body, and traditionally both are kept separate from each other. Dr. Sarno shares his clinical experience going way back to the 1970's, and what he has explored and discovered: the absolute relationship between rage (and other difficult emotions), and it's expression via bodily pain. As a first order of business, if you are suffering medically, seek a full medical evaluation as appropriate. Medicine has a lot to offer; the field of psychoanalysis and the study of the unconscious; has a lot to offer. Combine both, as Dr. Sarno discusses, and you may open up a whole new world for yourself. Is this book perfect and without flaws? No. I don't know of any book that is perfect and flawless. When seeking to evaluate a book like this, consider it from an imperfect but helpful point of view. Are you drawn to this book and this author? If so, why? What is going on in your life that you are here reading these reviews and considering it's purchase? I will paraphrase one of the last sentences from the author's words (in the audio book version): Your body created the symptom to distract you from what it thinks you need protection from (frightening emotions). Acknowledging and reassuring your body and unconscious that you can handle it, and work in unison, thereby eliminating the need for replacement symptoms, is a powerful start.
-Rivka Edery, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Author of: "Hear Me Sing: Book I" (2016)
“Trauma and Transformation: A 12-Step Guide” (2013)
"prepared to be healed and pain-free"
had a horrible back for a very long time. Once I embraced the teachings and principles along with the guidance one day the pain went away. And as predicted it did shift to other areas later on in fact years later. again going through the practice that pain to went away. Years later change over to anxiety about nonsense. so again I need the Refresher
"Relief in Every Word!"
Just listen yourself. You will find relief in every word. Very pleased! Now I just need to find Sarno and thank him.
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