You Are What You Say

You Are What You Say

The Six-week Proven Program That Teaches You How to Use the Power of Language to Conquer Emotional and Physical Stress

Book - 2000
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"Why are you sick?" This question, posed in compassion by his grandmother Minnie after a childhood incident plunged him into illness, stayed with Dr. Matthew Budd throughout his lifetime in medicine. As a teacher and physician at Harvard for more than thirty years, he repeatedly asked his patients this question. He found, remarkably, that it often unlocked memories, secrets, anger, resentments, and fears that had played crucial roles in their illnesses. As he encouraged them to reflect on their lives and habitual behavior, his patients often shifted from being trapped in suffering to designing a life of wellness and profound personal change for themselves, no matter what their circumstances. Their experiences led Dr. Budd to develop the Ways to Wellness program, a nationally acclaimed workshop offered by numerous HMOs. In You Are What You Say, Dr. Budd presents the principles of this powerful, scientifically validated program that weaves ancient and modern insights into human behavior, neurophysiology, language, and spirituality. One of these fundamental principles is that you are what you say -- your words play a major role in determining, not just reflecting, your health and well-being. He explains how the body "learns" many of its reactions, consciously and unconsciously, through language. By following the principles in this book, you'll learn about the Ten Linguistic Viruses that damage health and how to combat the ravages of anger, perfectionism, depression, and anxiety by changing the script of what you say to yourself and to others. Tests at the beginning of the book will help you assess how your own thoughts and feelings are affecting your health. Each chapter introduces a key principle of Dr. Budd's program, followed by tested, easy-to-follow exercises to help you absorb the lesson and apply it to your unique situation. Examples from Dr. Budd's personal life and medical practice and from his workshop participants will help you overcome common stumbling blocks. Tests at the end will help you determine how much change you've experienced through engaging in the book's lessons. Dr. Budd's program has brought many patients relief from chronic stress-related conditions -- such as headaches, jaw and neck pain, insomnia, stomach and bowel problems, lack of energy, and high blood pressure -- as well as measurable improvement in anxiety and depression. It can help free you to engage life more fully and direct yourself toward vibrant good health.
Publisher: New York : Times Books/Random House, c2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780812929614
Branch Call Number: 158.1/BUDD
Characteristics: 253p. 24cm.
Additional Contributors: Rothstein, Larry


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