Given the popularity of the positive thinking movement, using affirmations, and reading books like “The Secret,” the Break Your Pain Habit program may be mischaracterized in some minds. People tell me they’re trying to apply the principles I’ve presented and say to themselves “I am not in pain…I am not in pain.”
While positive thinking is certainly a better alternative to negative thinking, there are two fundamental flaws to the positive thinking approach.
First, the mind-body syndrome (or TMS ala Dr. Sarno) that we discuss in the workshop is a result of an unconscious process and as such, is beyond the reach of our conscious control. Imagine, for example, trying to lower your body temperature by repeating “I do not have a fever….I do not have a fever.”
Second, convincing yourself of such an obvious untruth by using repetition and affirmations will never lead to a pain-free reality, but will lead to disappointment.
This is why the education portion of the Break Your Pain Habit program is a crucial first step. The principles we share in the workshop make logical sense. We take the time necessary to dispose of frequently repeated unscientific explanations and myths and present a 3-step process that anyone can follow.