The Divided Mind

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About The Divided Mind

TDM refers to Sarno's latest book, The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders. Written in 2006, his book goes into much more detail on the psyche part, also incorporating a broader array of TMS symptoms and chapters from other authors such as Dr. Marc Sopher. This is also a recommended read for people who have been relieved of their symptoms by an earlier book but want to increase their chances of staying on top of things, as it incorporates more knowledge. One mentioned downside is that it can get technical at times.

Sarno also gives an analysis on the history of psychosomatic conditions and medicine, in which he discusses the contributions of major figures in the field of psychology including Jean-Martin Charcot, Josef Breuer, Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Franz Alexander, and Allan Walters.

The Divided Mind has been translated into German, Spanish and Korean (Source).

Contributing Authors

The second half of the book consists of six chapters each written by a different TMS practitioner that describes their own unique perspective on TMS and the experience treating patients with the condition. These chapters are:

Treatment Methods

Dr. Sarno states, "What you need in order to get not a leap of faith but a leap of understanding." Sarno argues that there two goals must happen in order for someone to overcome TMS. First they must "repudiate the physical-structural explanation for the pain." Second the need to understand that psychological conditions are the causation of the pain. In order to achieve these goals Sarno tells his patients to follow a specific program utilizing the following practices.

  • Finish reading the entire book and then each day read the psychology and treatment chapters.
  • Schedule around 15-30 minutes each day to devote to the treatment.
  • Make a list of everything that might be connected to "unconscious painful and threatening feelings."
  • Write an essay about each item on the list

In addition to these steps Dr. Sarno also suggests that group meetings may be helpful for people as well. He adds that approximately 20% of his patients need psychotherapy in order to fully recover.


These are #1 and 2 of 5 videos interviewing Dr. Sarno about The Divided Mind. If you click on the title link at the top of the video frame, you'll go to YouTube where you can access all five videos.

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ISBN 0-06-085178-3

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