The book, When the Body Says no is about how “stress” influences chronic illness. Now, stress encompasses a lot of things here, which is why I put it in quotations. It includes life stress, attachment, coping styles, trauma, adverse early childhood experiences, adult relationships, and so on.
“While it may not be possible for us to cure ourselves or to find someone who can, it is possible for us to heal ourselves – to learn to live with and work with the conditions that present themselves in the present moment. Healing implies the possibility that we can relate differently to illness, disability, even death, as we learn to see with the eyes of wholeness.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Psychoanalyst, Alfred Adler, had a technique called acting “as if” to help people with behaviour change. But can this technique improve the lives of chronic illness and chronic pain warriors? That’s what we dig into this week.
Literally my least favourite question when I go into any doctor or specialist appointment is, “what is your pain like