Hi everyone - just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a entrepreneur / programmer that has had relatively mild RSI (read TMS) for the past couple of year. It hasn't stopped me from being productive/active but it's been a real drag! After reading the Sarno books several times (this is my 2nd time "trying" Sarno) I am really really intellectually convinced that it's the right diagnosis. Hoping my subconscious gets it's act together I am definitely a huge people-pleaser, peacemaker, trying to do everything 'right' and 'smartly.' I have been an extremely high achiever and have gotten a lot of positive feedback for being smart and 'good' my whole life. When my TMS started, life seemed really easy, I had just co-founded a successful startup and was having the time of my life working a *lot* on the computer. I got so much pride and joy from working and being successful, but there was clearly a ton of pressure and stress as well. At some point my arms started to get tight if I worked a lot. This was also happen to my other co-founder (the "contagious" element of TMS). Acupuncture helped for a while then became less effective. To cope I would just limit the amount of time I worked (3-4 hours on the computer) and do contrast baths every night and I would be stable and productive. But I'm starting a new job (next week) and am really trying to focus on sarno to actually get rid of my shackles and be able to use my arms as much as I want! I also just starting reading the Brady (pain free for life) book and really like the approach. A couple questions I was hoping to get feedback on: -My arms only start to tighten up over the course of a few hours. And it has been very consistent for a long period of time. I don't really see a relationship btw the pain and my moment to moment emotional state. I totally believe my emotional makeup is the cause of my problem but my the moment my emotional state doesn't seem to be the trigger for symptoms. Have others had this experience? -I've been journaling for the past few weeks , but haven't really followed a specific structured program format. I'm not sure if I want to do this one or the brady one or just keep journaling what feels right. Any suggestions? -I have been talking to my brain for the past year and I really haven't noticed it helping at all. Until just this past week I started trying really really yelling - like getting crazy angry which I would never ever do in real life! When I do this I can feel my "fight or flight" reaction in my body kick in, like I feel the adreneline. I also feel like it may be somewhat reducing my pain for the next 15-30 mins! I feel like I've kind of read about this b/f, have others had to get really nasty when talking to themselves? Thanks so much!