I find that telling others about TMS is a little nerve-racking for me and actually causes my symptoms to flare up sometimes. I try to explain it to the best of my ability but nothing compares to actually reading Dr. Sarno's books yourself and instantly seeing yourself on most pages. It's hard to put everything in a 5-10 minute conversation when someone asks "How did you get better?". I think most people don't believe it and it sounds strange to them which is expected since (just like me) they are so accustomed to following what Western Medicine has told/taught us. Personally, I feel like this is a higher level of thinking and just as the book states, it's not a leap of faith but a leap of understanding. I'm at a stage where I can feel a flare up and instantly connect it to an emotion or feeling. It doesn't go away right away but at least I know why it's there and can ignore it since it's benign. I think one of the reasons why telling others can cause my symptoms to arise is because I have low self-esteem and don't want people to think I'm "crazy" for thinking this way. Or that I was "crazy" and that's why my symptoms came about. That's not the case at all since TMS is normal and I understand most people get it at least once in their life (even if they don't know it). Telling people that you can control it with understanding, education, and changing the way you think isn't as accepted as it should be. I know learning about TMS has changed my entire life but telling others is still not that easy, especially those that are not open-minded. Perhaps another reason my symptoms still arise is because my mind is still rewiring the way it works and I am still working on my conditional responses. I have been in pain for 2 years and have over 30 different conditional responses that I can think of (including reactions to food, clothing, social interactions, sitting/sleeping positions), etc. It's going to be a journey! Does anyone have tips on how I can communicate TMS to others or experience anything similar?