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Publisher's Summary

The Divided Mind is the crowning achievement of Dr. John E. Sarno's long and successful career as a groundbreaking medical pioneer. While his earlier books dealt almost exclusively with musculoskeletal pain disorders, here Dr. Sarno addresses the entire spectrum of psychosomatic (mind-body) disorders. In Dr. Sarno's view, the crucial interaction between the reasonable, rational, ethical, moral conscious mind and the repressed feelings of emotional pain, hurt, sadness, and anger characteristic of the unconscious mind is the basis for many mind-body disorders. The Divided Mind traces the history of psychosomatic medicine, including Freud's crucial role as well as his failures. Most important, it describes the psychology of the human condition that is responsible for the broad range of psychosomatic illness. Dr. Sarno believes that the failure of medicine's practitioners to recognize and appropriately treat mind-body disorders has produced public health and economic problems of major proportions in the United States. One of the most interesting and important aspects of psychosomatic phenomena is the fact that knowledge and awareness of the process clearly have healing powers.
©2006 John E. Sarno, M.D. (P)2006 Audio Evolution, LLC
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"Dr. Sarno brilliantly explores the chasm between the conscious and unconscious minds, where psychosomatic ailments originate." (Mehmet Oz, M.D., co-author of You: The Owner's Manual)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Melinda on 07-02-13

Not the whole book

What did you like best about The Divided Mind? What did you like least?

This book was very enlightening about sources of chronic pain and how to recognize them and recover.

Would you recommend The Divided Mind to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book, but the audible.com is only half the book. Half the book was written by other contributors and nearly 200 pages of reading are not included in the audible.com version.

Did The Divided Mind inspire you to do anything?

The book helps me understand my partner's chronic pain and some of my less severe pain symptoms. Together I think we can work on recognizing the sources of the pain and improving our lives.

Any additional comments?

I really wish the entire book were included in audible.com. I have to say I feel a little ripped off since only half the book was recorded.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alexandra on 05-15-06

mind/body connection

Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 10 years ago, I can truly say- this book is a miracle. I was in horrible pain when I downloaded it yesterday. Tonight I feel like I could climb a mountain. Actually I am pretty sure I did. I thought I had cracked a rib, and I planed to see my doctor in the morning. Now, I'm going swimming instead.
PLEASE - if you are suffering any pain - give this book 6 hours and 23 minutes of your life. You've tried everything else.

My Mother died last year. We didn't have a good relationship. I was at the grocery store this week trying not to see all the people buying Mother's Day flowers, cards , and gifts. Is it a coincidence that I was in my bed crying on Mother's Day - using my Ten's unit for the pain? I already knew that I had a lot of unresolved issues with myself and my life, but I really thought I was getting them nicely under control.
Because of "The Divided Mind" I feel a weight has been lifted off of me.
I will be buying a hard copy of Dr. Sarno's book. This is an abridged version - I want to read every word.
I know I sound insane. I remember seeing John Stossel on 20/20 saying Dr. Sarno cured his back pain. At the time I thought it was the power of suggestion.
Well- I definitely suggest you give this book a chance to change your life. What do you have to loose - except your pain?
I don't care if the pain comes back. I feel empowered to deal with it.
Happy Mother's Day - I have to go have a conversation with my brain now.

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66 of 71 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Myriam on 12-29-16

highly recommended

it makes you understand how your physical pain is originated from an emotional pain and stress.

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5 out of 5 stars
By SarahJane on 05-11-17

Life-changing book

John Sarno's work has set me on the road to recovery after 3 years of debilitating tendon pain. Given their abysmal record in treating chronic pain I am astounded that the traditional medical community hasn't embraced his approach. I guess there isn't as much money in looking at emotions as there is in manufacturing drugs - unfortunately it's patients who suffer. Thank you Dr Sarno from the bottom of my heart.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alex Cooney on 09-11-17

Best book ever written on pain management

This book is about how to manage your pain and at worst significantly reduce it. All you have to do is believe what you are reading is true.
If only I had discovered this book before spending thousands of dollar trying to find answers from "common western world medical practices"
Thank you Dr. Sarno. I am finally on my way to recovery.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lara on 05-22-17

Should be read by anyone with ongoing pain

Would you consider the audio edition of The Divided Mind to be better than the print version?

Yes, you can absorb what you're learning better

What did you like best about this story?

It works!

Have you listened to any of Paul Hecht and James Boles ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I guess it would be a doco?

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