Unhooking from the Train

Neurophysiological Disorder? The multiple manifestations of the Neurophysiologic Disorder (NPD) endlessly fascinates me. With engagement of the principles that treat it, the improvement in my patients’ quality of life is consistent and frequently dramatic. The foundation of success continues to be the writing exercises. I don’t know the reasons why it is … Read More

Freed by a Pen

I was running an hour late in clinic and was trying to get through my last patient before my already abbreviated lunch. A young Spanish-speaking woman from Puerto Rico was lying on the table moaning. Her husband, who was sitting motionless across the room, could speak limited English, and there … Read More

You Are Not Your Thoughts

You Are Not Your Thoughts “You are not your thoughts.” Philosophers have been telling us this for centuries. In our modern era, this idea has often been overlooked. The problem is that thoughts are real as well as your body’s chemical response to them. Nice thoughts stimulate the secretion of … Read More

Video 16/19: “White Bears”

I talk about how the suppression of negative thoughts associated with chronic pain can really fire up the nervous system.  Dr. Daniel Wegner from Harvard published an elegant paper in 1987 demonstratng the impossibity of trying to suppress thoughts. I’ve talked about it before in White Bears and ANTS.   BF

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