Did you know that the literal translation of psychosomatic means mind-body (psyche = mind, soma = body)? Its hilarious to me that as a culture, we have embraced various mind-body practices but we are offended by the idea of psychosomatics. Forgive my language, but its f*kcing ridiculous, and has had a devastating impact on millions of lives.
Psychosomatic is a nasty term in our culture because it’s come to mean “it’s all in your head.” Which is to say, there is nothing actually wrong with you and you’re making it up. This by the way, is thanks to arrogant, patriarchal and short sighted medical authorities. As they had to invent an explanation to problems they did not understand and had no idea how to heal. They had to protect their egos too obviously.
You Are Not Making It Up
The truth is, that pain and disease that don’t have an explanation are the result of failures in observation and understanding. And I stress, THEY ARE NOT the result of people making shit up. Understanding has been evolving since the time of Freud. However recently it has been growing due to pioneering research in brain science, trauma and stress. And this research demonstrates, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that most pain, disease, and mental health stems from your head, or more accurately, your brain.
There is no process in the human organism that isn’t at least substantially, controlled by the brain. And the brain is directed by our thoughts, emotions, instincts and past experiences. Usually, the quality of our thoughts, emotions and instincts is dictated by the the environment we grew up in and the SATs we experienced. (stress, attachment injuries and trauma)
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The majority of physical and mental health problems can be explained as processes controlled by the brain. Their function is dictated by the quality of its upbringing and how it was shaped by SATs.
Fortunately, an increase in therapies and therapists of all kinds and backgrounds, are embracing this model. As such, they are innovating approaches focused on the brain (and by extension the body). With these techniques they are bringing seemingly miraculous, though actually logical, outcomes to people’s health and happiness.
The Two Biggest Challenges to Accessing These Concepts
First – Cultural ideas and beliefs are difficult to change. At times they prevent the spread of new ideas (collectively and individually).
Second – People have a resistance to the idea that it’s in their brain. This is because to them that means that “it’s in their head” which seems like an strange concept. How does the mind “work” on the brain?
But, as Victor Hugo said, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” Brain-based mind-body medicine is gaining steam and people’s willingness to embrace it and help themselves, is as well.
All of my work revolves around this approach. And so does the work of these folks, to name a few: @somaticexperiencingint @internalfamilysystems @myndlift @stopchasingpain @drjoedispenza @drphilparker @irestrichardmiller
You get to pick your flavor, but I encourage you to start somewhere.
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