Ep. 48 Exploring the work of Dr. John Sarno Part 1 Skip to main content

Ep. 48 Exploring the work of Dr. John Sarno Part 1


This episode is inspired by the work of Dr. John E. Sarno.  

Dr. Sarno had a hands-on medical practice, treating thousands of patients for back pain and a host of other conditions.  His work has helped bring an essential awareness of the mindbody connection.  He became the world's leader in treating psychosomatic disorders.   Having passed away only a few years ago, his wisdom and medical findings are neatly preserved for us in his lectures, interviews, and books.  His final book is an accurate summary of his final conclusions and it's titled, The Divided Mind, The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders.

Takeaways from this episode:  
  • What is a psychosomatic disorder?
    • Dr. John Sarno describes a psychosomatic disorder as pain or illness created in the body by the mind.
  • Why would a person's mind create a psychosomatic disorder?
    • When the unconscious decides that certain feelings would be more destructive if expressed, it creates a distraction via pain or illness, directing attention towards the body and away from the feelings and emotions.  
  • How does Dr. Sarno describe the "symptom imperative?"
  • When a symptom is taken away by an artificial means, such as a medical drug, or placebo and a new symptom arises in a different form.

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