So from reading the literature (Dr Sarno and Steve O) my understanding is that the physical pain is supposed to distract you from the (emotional pain). Is this because it believes you are not able to handle the emotional pain? Also, if it is a distraction, then why would knowing this fact make the pain cease in some peoples cases? If TMS has a real LOGICAL purpose, shouldn't it be something like "you are not living life in a way that makes you happy and you need to change some things either externally or internally (or both)." As in, it is a physical marker to indicate something is wrong in your life? It seems that if you some people heal from just KNOWING they had TMS, then what the hell was it's purpose? It doesn't seem very useful or like a "hidden gift." Looking for some clarification.