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The Divided Mind | [John E. Sarno]

The Divided Mind

The Divided Mind is the crowning achievement of Dr. John E. Sarno's long and successful career as a groundbreaking medical pioneer. While his earlier books dealt almost exclusively with musculoskeletal pain disorders, here Dr. Sarno addresses the entire spectrum of psychosomatic (mind-body) disorders.
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The Divided Mind is the crowning achievement of Dr. John E. Sarno's long and successful career as a groundbreaking medical pioneer. While his earlier books dealt almost exclusively with musculoskeletal pain disorders, here Dr. Sarno addresses the entire spectrum of psychosomatic (mind-body) disorders. In Dr. Sarno's view, the crucial interaction between the reasonable, rational, ethical, moral conscious mind and the repressed feelings of emotional pain, hurt, sadness, and anger characteristic of the unconscious mind is the basis for many mind-body disorders.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Alexandra 05-15-06
    Alexandra 05-15-06 Member Since 2005
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    "mind/body connection"

    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.

    53 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda UT 04-23-12
    Melinda UT 04-23-12 Member Since 2009

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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    "Divided Opinion"

    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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn 06-18-12
    Evelyn 06-18-12
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    Would you listen to The Divided Mind again? Why?

    Wish I came across you in 2011, the most painful year of my life. I had to eat standing up and couldn't sleep at night because I didn't know whether to kick or be still just to shut my mind off the excruciating pain. I had bursitis, sciatica and neuroma, all on the left side of my body. I had MRI (they said I have herniated disc), 2 epidural cortisone injections to ease the extreme back pain, had the intensely painful nerve conduction study (normal results), 3 injections on my left foot and took all kinds of prescription medications and muscle relaxants which just left me dazed all day. I almost ran off the road one day so I decided all the madness had to stop. I got this book just when the right side of my body started manifesting the same pain I had on my left side. I was healed from day one just by listening to it. Thanks super Dr. Sarno.

    I will listen to this book again and again so I can absorb every nugget of wisdom and practical advice it offers.


    What about Paul Hecht and James Boles ’s performance did you like?

    Yes, they were excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was astounded!!!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 07-29-10
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 07-29-10 Member Since 2005
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    "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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda 07-02-13
    Melinda 07-02-13
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    "Not the whole book"
    What did you like best about The Divided Mind? What did you like least?

    This book was very enlightening about sources of chronic pain and how to recognize them and recover.


    Would you recommend The Divided Mind to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Did The Divided Mind inspire you to do anything?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DAVID 11-05-14
    DAVID 11-05-14
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    "Sarno deserves a Nobel prize"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Divided Mind to be better than the print version?

    For me, the audio book is much better. I can listen to the book over and over while I stay active.


    What other book might you compare The Divided Mind to and why?

    Sarno's Healing Back Pain.There are other TMS books, but I haven't found other Audio books that help treat this universal condition


    What about Paul Hecht and James Boles ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance, especially Paul Hecht.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Discover your mind and your health


    Any additional comments?

    the most important book you will ever buy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George 08-21-14
    George 08-21-14
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    "A Must Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I continue to listen to the audio book and learn new information.
    Listening to the audio book provides some relief of my chronic symptoms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger 07-31-13
    Ginger 07-31-13
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    "I wouldn't recommend it"

    I found myself trying very hard to keep an open mind in this book. Just didn't seem credible. I listened to the entire book but I cannot tell you anything that was memorable. Perhaps I will try to listen to it again to see if I missed something, but probably not. There are far too many worthwhile things to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Tiruvannamalai, India 04-30-12
    Amazon Customer Tiruvannamalai, India 04-30-12
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    "Paradigm shift -a book of deep insight and utility"
    If you could sum up The Divided Mind in three words, what would they be?

    Paradigm Shift Book


    What other book might you compare The Divided Mind to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Hecht and James Boles – was your favorite?

    this is not a novel


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not a novel


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 02-04-08
    Jeff Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 02-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Lacking Evidence"

    I was very disappointed with this book. I only listened to the first couple hours. Dr. Sarno claims that many (most) illnesses can be attributed to psychosomatic causes -- the mind. While I agree that the mind plays a huge role in someone's health, this books seems more like an informercial than a documentary.

    What bothered me most is Dr. Sarno's lack of evidence to support his claims. He does make a statement early on -- that experiments in this realm are problematic because of the difficulty in quantifying human emotions. I disagree! Many fields of science have to measure such things, and they don't use it as an excuse for not doing the work.

    In the end, my sense is that Dr. Sarno is a Freud fanatic, and plays the same game of trying to create meaning by attaching labels to things.

    14 of 35 people found this review helpful
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