Hi everyone, If you visit Dr. Sarno's web site, you will find an important article listed in his publication list. It is an article that he wrote with Dr. Rashbaum, to whom he now refers all of his patients. It was published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the official journal of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. I thought I'd share some quotes from the article that I found particularly interesting. The first is very helpful for understanding the type of emotions that cause TMS. In it, rather than emphasizing deeply repressed emotions from childhood, the two doctors emphasize self-imposed internal pressures such as the need to be perfect and good and external pressures such as financial, work, family or health stress. These aren't old and deeply buried, but are, rather, stresses that we either generate or live with on a day to day basis. Of course, understanding our past can be very helpful in dealing with this internal and external pressure, but in the end, it's the way that we feel on a day to day basis that matters. Here's how the two doctors put it. Referring to the emotions that general The Mindbody Syndrome (TMS), they write, I once asked Alan Gordon to summarize his TMS Recovery Program and he said that it all boiled down to learning how to be kind to yourself. I think the above quote from Dr. Sarno and Dr. Rashbaum reflects that. We put internal pressure on ourselves to be perfect and good. We have external pressure that just make us want to scream. Unconsciously, we feel rage at all of this, and this is what fuels our TMS. We need to learn how to self-monitor so that we can soothe ourselves and relax: http://www.tmswiki.org/ppd/Self_Monitor (Self Monitor) It's all about being kind to ourselves. I hope you find the quote as interesting as I did. To keep this post nice and short, I'll post the next quote a bit later. If you want to read the full article, I found it here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-5h_RNfQlfFQUp1aFMtZmVHbjQ (Rashbaum and Sarno 2003 - Psychosomatic Concepts in Chronic Pain.pdf) It's a quick read, but it's rather heady, as is appropriate for a pioneer like Dr. Sarno.