I read The Divided Mind last week and found this forum in hopes of finding a way to apply these principles. I guess what makes it hard for me is the book almost makes it sound like all you need to do is admit that your pain has an emotional source and bam! you become pain free. Well, I have known my pain is emotional for years. Let me give a bit of history. I have suffered from stress-related conditions all my life. I'm a strongly emotional person whose outbreaks of sadness were usually inappropriate to my surroundings so I was told to suppress them, to grow up, to calm down. So, yeah, I repressed all right - it was the only way to be accepted. So my emotions turned inward and I took my sadness and rage out on myself. The stress conditions varied and whenever I gained victory over one, another would pop up within the next few years. The pain just migrated around. I've had migraines, TMJ, back pain, knee pain, frozen shoulder, you name it. In 2003 my mother died in front of me, choking to death on the birthday dinner I had made for her. By 2005 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and told there was no cure and my pain would slowly increase until I had to go on disability. I had IBS so bad I lost 35 pounds in 6 months. I had insomnia; I had panic attacks. Western medicine got its innings and had given up on me. So, filled with skepticism, I went to a naturopath. That was more helpful; he got me off the Ambien prescription. Over the course of the next 5 years, I prayed and meditated over my condition, and was given a word to match each of my major issues. The panic attacks and insomnia was FEAR. I learned how much of my life was controlled by it and as I did, these issues receded. The IBS was GUILT. Same story and same result. My copious chemical sensitivities was CONTROL. Finally, I was given the word for my chronic pain. And the word was.... PAIN. My first response was a bitter laugh and then "Well, duh!" But I soon understood that the pain referred to was emotional pain. This is the only area in which understanding has not led to progress. I have managed to control my condition to where I can still work 32 hour weeks with a Tramadol prescription to assist me. I've practiced yoga, made my diet more healthy, etc. But I can't stop repressing emotion, because it is usually triggered by interactions with people and you can't just break down in childish tears in front of your boss. So what do you do instead? Sarno's book doesn't say. My fears are shared by many on this forum - the fear that once you take the lid of your volcano of inner pain you will simply be destroyed by the eruption, and your self-defensive attempts to cap the volcano will leave you worse off than before. What's motivated me to try this program is the resurgence of a lot of the symptoms listed above. It's clearly time for some review work on the fear/guilt/control thing. The sources of my inner pain are no secret to me. I just don't know what to do with any of it.