Psychotherapy’s Doors

… should be opened. The contention that psychotherapy plays its role only at the level of conscious processing is holding humanity back manifold. Cleansing the doors? “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ Read the full article…

Mind the Gap

The gap in our knowledge about what causes illness and healing. This gap is huge. It’s almost certainly much bigger than you think, dear reader. [see: “Medically Unexplained Syndromes”] But how is this possible, and where does it come from? People want to feel in control. This is more emotional than rational. The desire is Read the full article…

What vs. How in Psychotherapies

Crucial is where change comes from: the outside or the inside. I see in the latter the Compassion-factor. Compassion For a quick entry into the concept of Compassion as I use it, [see: “Compassion, basically“] Compassionate healing comes from the inside out. This ‘inside’ doesn’t just mean ‘inside the mind.’ It goes deeper within the Read the full article…

Symbolic Healthcare

Concerning the mind, healthcare has always been covertly symbolic, and it still is. Now is the time to make it overt. About symbolism Symbolism is a straightforward communication with subconceptual mental patterns, unlike using an analogy. [see: “Symbols and Signs“] In many cases, the use of symbolism is pretty undifferentiated. This is enough for the Read the full article…

Addiction – Emptiness – Nirvana

Emptiness seems to be associated with addiction and Nirvana. ‘It’ is sought in both ― not coincidentally. High and low Addiction can be seen as an attempt to fill a deep-inside void, an Inner Emptiness that seems unbearable to experience. The addict tries to fill this void with occasional highs. In some way, he also Read the full article…

Trauma Wisdom

Every trauma carries wisdom. It is like a medal of honor, challenging as it may be to appreciate the trauma in any way. With ‘trauma,’ I denote in this text the actual happening as well as the living memory of it. Trauma is (not) a part of you In one way, trauma is a part Read the full article…

Wounded Healing

Having been wounded helps an (AURELIS) coach in-depth to get nearer to coachees ― especially if one has learned/grown from such experiences. The wounded healer This is a healer/coach who can understand another wounded person, not just intellectually, but even more experientially and profoundly. This may frequently be more important than capturing the whole factual Read the full article…

We’ll Make it Through

We may get sick. We will die. We encounter adversities of many kinds. We’ll make it through, together. This is more than a promise. It is a faith. Humankind at its best. Is anything worth anything that diminishes this? I am for you, and you are for me. Compassion in coaching and anywhere else. All Read the full article…

Are Non-Specific Factors Specific?

Non-specific factors in therapy are ‘non-specific’ to instrumental therapies. What if these factors are instrumentalized? Please read first: [see: “Non-Specific Factors of Therapy“] “If we can delineate them, they are specific.” Logically, if you can conceptualize the non-specific factors, you are building a new kind of psychotherapy based on these factors. You can put the Read the full article…

Future of Mental Healing

This is an AURELIS view. Of course, AURELIS (+ Lisa) is in the picture. One can see this as the pure use of Compassion in its complexity and effectiveness. If you want to cooperate, please contact us through the form or at lisa@aurelis.org. About ‘mental healing’ In the broadest sense, mental healing is about the Read the full article…

Psychotherapy and Placebo

To the degree that psychotherapy amounts to placebo, we may need to rethink it. Placebo >< depth The concept ‘placebo’ is used here in the sense of deception. [see: “Placebo Without Deception?”] It’s crucial to make a full distinction with the concept of empathy. [see: “Landscape of Empathy”] I clarified the difference in [see: “Empathy Read the full article…

Resistance to Change

People may want to change at the surface, but not in-depth. If the cause of some maladaptation lies in depth, change may be simultaneously sought and resisted. Resistance as fence >< as lack of motivation A particular reason for not wanting to change is like a mental fence that protects the person from uncomfortable feelings Read the full article…

How to Turn a Square into a Circle

‘Turning a square into a circle’ is a metaphor for psycho-therapy. There are two opposite directions: from the inside out and from the outside in. Preliminary In this text, I denote with the term ‘psycho-therapy’ the domain of psychotherapy and mind-related coaching in a broad sense. This text describes a conceptual landscape. Any practitioner, any Read the full article…

Most Drugs are Symptomatic

‘Doctor curat, natura sanat’ (The doctor treats, nature heals). This slogan should get a place of honor in every physician’s waiting room. (an excerpt from [see: “Your Mind As Cure“]) This becomes more obvious when you check how many medicines only alleviate the symptoms until the sick person naturally heals himself in body and mind. Read the full article…

The Future is Prediction

I bring the concept of prediction from different angles to show the common ground. Through this, one may get a glimpse of its future importance. The Future of A.I. The concept of prediction pops up regularly in different ways to look at future A.I. developments. For instance, in temporal difference (TD) learning as expanded upon Read the full article…

What is Success in Therapy?

This is as simple and as complex as the primary choice about the goal of therapy. In this text, I try to describe the problem domain. For now, let’s take psychotherapy and coaching as synonyms at a higher level. We are talking about the broad domain of healthcare now, including psycho-somatics. Most straightforward answer: If Read the full article…

Are RCTs valid in Psychotherapy?

Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) are a lab-based study design in which one tries to minimize confounding factors by comparing groups that are as similar as possible except for the property or properties under study. Getting physical These trials are meant to be as close as possible to studies in the field of physics. In these, Read the full article…

The Placebo Patchwork

In a placebo patchwork, contradictory elements are stitched together with no deeper ground. This is very different from a set of well-grounded and integrated elements. From the outside, it may be challenging to discern the difference. Unfortunately, placebo patchworks can be pretty tenacious. Much of this tenacity lies in their not being one thing, but Read the full article…

Compassion over Addiction

Addiction and Compassion (with capital C) are subconceptual happenings. Thus, they belong to the same domain and which is different from the merely conceptual one. This opens specific perspectives. Please make sure to read first: [see: “Essence of Compassion”] [see: “Addiction: in Search of Deeper Meaning”] [see: “About ‘Subconceptual’”] Also, please follow the other links Read the full article…

Triangle of Therapy

This is a conceptual landscape of psychotherapy/coaching. The three corners are A) Instrumental methodologies, B) Good-friend-therapy, and C) Open coaching. Conceptual landscape This has an abstract intention, being about concepts. The three corners are extremes of three continua (the triangle’s lines). Individuals and individual opinions can be present at any point (or subarea) within this Read the full article…

Placebo and the Predictive Brain

The ‘brain as a predictive machine’ sheds an interesting light on the placebo effect. It shows that we are born with the wetware in place to experience the influence of placebo. Yet, the present-day may be the time to go beyond. Subconscious placebo Several explanations of the placebo effect have been put forward, such as Read the full article…

Symptomatic Therapy?

If the symptom is a symbol of oneself, and one attacks the symptom, one attacks oneself. That doesn’t seem like the best way. It’s not always bad to tackle the symptom. While nature inside you heals itself, it may be OK to have fewer symptoms as long as this doesn’t stand in the way of Read the full article…

Empathy vs. Placebo

As in other cases, how terms are used is of little importance as long as crucial conceptual distinctions are valued. The landscape of subconceptual communication Mere consciousness is not the realm of subconceptual communication (SC). [see: “About ‘Subconceptual’”] This is also the case in health-related issues. [see: “Subconceptual Processing in Health and Healing”] A patient Read the full article…

Is Psychotherapy Dangerous?

This question needs to be taken seriously, the more since surprisingly few do so, and since the entire domain is in turmoil as to how – and if – positive effects are brought about by specific methods. [see: “Psychotherapy vs. Psychotherapies”] Doing good is not easy. It requires intention, perseverance, and insight. [see:”‘Doing Good’: Not Read the full article…

Proving Reiki or Reiki Proving

Nothing in reiki is scientifically proven, and any esoteric explanation of it is extremely implausible. Does this situation prove anything else? Rei – ki = spiritual – flow (of energy) Increasingly more people in the US and the UK go to reiki practitioners. Reiki, a healing style created in Japan, is also increasingly administered in Read the full article…

Studies Show: Placebos as Effective as Treatment

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When to Cherish Your Symptoms

Mental and physical symptoms may carry important messages. Getting to these is the gift you get for cherishing your symptoms. Not-listening may lead to worse This isn’t easy to investigate in experimental science. On the other hand, it is plain logic. In this balance of logic, what needs to be proven first? [see: “Those Who Read the full article…

Non-Specific Factors of Therapy

Psychotherapy works irrespective of the specific modality. That points to the fact that the non-specific factors work. What are they? Specific factors are those elements that are specifically delineated by proponents of a given therapy as the active causes of change. Non-specific (common) factors are factors that are not specified in the theoretical or practical Read the full article…

Patterns towards Health and Healing

Mental patterns are crucial in understanding how the mind influences mental and physical health. Let’s suppose, dear reader, that we have both fully digested ‘mind = body.’ [see: “‘Mind = Body’ Breakthrough“] Patterns everywhere How the mind/brain works can be regarded as an immense process of pattern recognition and completion in many ways, many domains, Read the full article…

Does Therapy Need to Be Difficult?

It needs to be profound, one way or another. Please read first: [see: ” Is Change Difficult?“] So, does therapy need to be difficult? Should it be difficult? Note that this is another question than the one about its being or not being so. Even if it can be easy, should it be difficult ― Read the full article…

WHY Psychotherapies Don’t Work

Performing psychotherapy works. In the performance, there are at least two people at work. The psychotherapies – being performed – don’t work. Why? About psychotherapies To take out some confusion: ‘Psychotherapies’ in this text denote psychotherapeutic methodologies as instrumentally used by the knowledgeable psychotherapist to change the client. Their ineffectiveness has been scientifically proven. [see: Read the full article…

Underlying Reality in Psychotherapy and Psycho-Somatics

In this animated video, you get an introduction to what underlies psychotherapy and psycho-somatics. [Psychotherapy video – 12:10′] You might want to read first: [see: “Psychotherapy vs. Psychotherapies”] If you want to cooperate, please contact us. If you have feedback, please let us know. Here is the full written text. Hi, my name is Jean-Luc Read the full article…

About < Placebo> In-Depth

In-depth, placebo shows a direction to explore with different means and towards greater humanity. [see: My favorite video about placebo on YouTube.] The term ‘placebo’ More interesting than bickering about terms is a clarification of concepts. This also makes one think more deeply about what is significant enough to warrant different concepts. [see: “Placebo: I Read the full article…

Is Short-Term Enough in Therapy?

This issue is relevant to any therapy. In my view, it is most pertinent to psychotherapy. A clear and present tension In psychotherapy, we may expect the quality being largely related to effect-longevity. To many people – as to me – a temporary feel-good is not what is expected from psychotherapy. Contrast this with pharmacotherapy. Read the full article…

Fundamental Reality in Psychology

On top of solid ground, psychology and psychotherapy can thrive as never before. In natural evolution, one can discern a schematic progression (Artificial Life may be different) Matter As we know, matter is chaotic, bent on entropy. One can see this as the absence of purpose. Without purpose, all motion in matter is a happening. Read the full article…

< Mind = Body> Healthcare

This is bound to become the pinnacle of science in healthcare. [see: “Fundamental Reality in Psychology“] Psychotherapy imitating medicine This is still the present-day situation, including diagnosis → therapy. It makes psychotherapy a weak sibling of ‘big brother medicine.’ Striving to develop and use proper psychotherapeutic techniques in-imitation emboldens psychotherapy while pushing the domain into Read the full article…

Placebo Without Deception?

By definition impossible if one takes ‘deception’ as a necessary characteristic of the concept of placebo. Still, it’s worthwhile to take a closer look at the ethical side. Preliminary remarks This text is rather academic. The train of thought is interesting for all. This is not about empathy, but only about ‘the sugar pill that Read the full article…

From Therapy to Empathy

The future cannot be to un-science. It cannot be without empathy in full mode. The term ‘therapist’ comes from the Greek ‘Serapis,’ a Hellenization of the Egyptian god Osiris. [see: “Isis’ priests, named ‘therapists’”] I think that, in those ages, anyone with a serious psycho-somatic disorder could best go and visit such a temple. The Read the full article…

Where’s the Mind in Medical Causation?

I don’t know. It has vanished or has never been present. I’ve written quite a lot about this and don’t intend to repeat much. Disastrous opportunity One can see this as the big disaster that it is. Looking from within the present situation itself, one can also see it as a huge opportunity for doing Read the full article…

AURELIS in Healthcare Context

Can AURELIS be a part of healthcare as one corner of a triangle with the client/patient central to the happening? The ‘deeper mind’ as domain Many people with persistent mind-related problems, including psycho-somatic issues, do not seek professional help. With AURELIS – including Lisa [see: “Lisa“] – they have additional options while staying totally within Read the full article…

Your Mind as Cure

It’s about time I blog-introduce my book, published a year ago. [see: “Your Mind As Cure”] I get an uneasy feeling in any pharmacy. Most of the drugs for sale do not cure a disease. They’re cosmetic. [see: “Most drugs are sheer symptomatic”] That’s OK. People may have symptoms they want to get rid of. Read the full article…

‘Mind = Body’ Breakthrough

It’s time we learn to know who we are. Already for a long time, we know that mind and body are one. Yet modern Western medicine practically carries on like this is not the truth or this truth doesn’t matter. It amazes me every day. Most medical colleagues look at it from afar, thinking it Read the full article…

From Common Factors to AURELIS

If only common factors work, then only common factors should we teach and reimburse. Does this point towards AURELIS? You bet. The science According to a ton of scientific studies, clearly and robustly, psychotherapeutic methods are ineffective. This may be hard to swallow, so I repeat. Lots of studies and even many meta-analyses show no Read the full article…

Only Truth Can Truly Cure

No, I have not suddenly become the most arrogant person on Earth. I only think that science does indeed matter. Of course, to “know the final truth” is to be deluded. Ultimate truth may never be attainable. [see: “What is Ultimate Truth?”] The title is rather an admonition. We can strive for truth, discarding what Read the full article…

Chi: Poetic Energy

As in Tai Chi, as in Chi Gong, as in reiki, as in acupuncture, as in etc. I’m not a believer in ‘Chi’ being physically measurable Not now, neither at any time in the future. My simple reason: It’s not at all what Chi is about. Still, researchers try to prove the physical (materialistic) reality Read the full article…

Sustainable Healthcare through Compassion

Without Compassion, it is impossible to see the complex connectivity shaping health and illness. This leads more and more to unsustainable healthcare. Please read [see: “Essence of Compassion“] to get a feel of appropriate un-easiness. That is always a good start towards Compassion. Horizontal, vertical This is one way of looking at health and healthcare. Read the full article…

Psychotherapy vs. Psychotherapies

Psychotherapy definitely works! Or is it the psychotherapist? Or the client? Then what about any theoretical model of psychotherapy? Still, psychotherapy definitely works. A good book, probably the best in this matter, is ‘The Great Psychotherapy Debate: The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work (Counseling and Psychotherapy)’ by Bruce E. Wampold and Zac E. Imel Read the full article…

Psychic Healing?

No way. Anything that clearly works through deception has no place in the AURELIS worldview, whether it belongs to the world of voodoo or of what is wrongfully supposed to be scientific, or anything in-between. The power of the symbolic Symbols generally have a huge power on people. That is one good reason to use Read the full article…

How Active is Placebo?

This is mainly an excerpt from my book ‘Your Mind as Cure.’ [see: “Your Mind As Cure“] At present, this is important especially in the issue of COVID vaccinations. Placebo on pain F.J. Evans [Evans, 1974] studied 22 published scientific studies in which the effect of a painkiller was compared to placebo. He reached extraordinary Read the full article…

Can Lisa Unify Psychotherapy?

Bold question. Please don’t take it too seriously (for the time being). Lisa might help in unifying the domain of psycho-therapy through bringing a detached perspective in combination with an in-depth view upon mental change based on insights from neurocognitive science. Even so, this is only the beginning and the end. What comes between is Read the full article…

Is Psycho-Somatics Medicine?

Psycho-Somatics is the realm of body-mind-unity in health and healing. The medical take is part of it, not the other way around. About the psyche in health and healing This is about much more than conscious awareness of mind-matters. For instance, one cannot consciously decide for a placebo effect to happen. Also, one cannot readily Read the full article…

Stress Kills

Stress probably kills more people per year than there were casualties during any year of WWII. Yet, to those who should see this, it seems too uncomfortable to do so. Or they prefer not to listen – or not to talk about it. Meanwhile, may you be one of those who will die a stress-death? Read the full article…

Healing Yourself is Healing the Planet

There seems to be no other way, so we better take this seriously. As a mindset Many bits make something big? Or each person wants to be the chosen one who saves the planet? I intend with the title a mindset, a conviction, a promise ― clearly unreachable, yet one can strive to attain it Read the full article…

Fluid Minds, Brains, Bodies

Minds change continually. Brains change continually. Bodies change continually. According to the chosen viewpoint: with many overlaps or influences. We like to think of ourselves as solid. Daily life gives that impression. We don’t change a lot day after day. We can think of ourselves as we were yesterday or last week, last year, and Read the full article…

Antidepressants on a Plate

This is an excerpt from my book ‘Your Mind as Cure’. Due to the total neglect of the causal psyche in COVID and vaccinations, this has become even more relevant, again. According to a 2017 study, 12.7% of the US population over age 12 took antidepressant medication in the past month. There was a 64% Read the full article…

Not Stress but Meaning is a Cause of Disease.

Looking at stress – as it is typically conceived – we may be looking over what causes disease and may help us get beyond disease. It is time to change diagnostic and therapeutic directions. One reason for the difficulty of investigating stress as a cause of disease is that it isn’t. Thus, in scientific experimental Read the full article…

To Placebo or Not to Placebo

By definition, placebo is deception. It doesn’t accord to any Aurelian value. This ain’t no easy world for sure. Yep. A much easier world would be one in which one can plainly say: only truth can truly cure, so we stick to that as much as we can (which may sometimes not be very much, Read the full article…

Towards a New Medicine

Comprehensively, based on a new view upon the human being, taking into account that we are more than a Cartesian chimera. New? We do not have to invent this ‘new view.’ It’s been lying around already for a long time. The issue is that it didn’t yet reach medical theory and practice as it should. Read the full article…

Which Mind upon Health?

My mind, of course. Sure, but that is only a fraction of the answer. Conscious and quirky We are conscious of only a tiny part of our mind. While this is scientifically evident, in real life, people generally act and think differently. This leads to many quirky situations. ‘Positive thinking’ is one of them, in Read the full article…

What is Health? – Being Able to Change and Enjoy

Health can be considered as the absence of illness. It was often defined as such in the past centuries. A modern definition of the World Health Organization (WHO) clearly shows another view WHO “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” It is Read the full article…

Control-Based Therapy – Profound or Superficial?

A car needs no more than superficial control. An organism instead needs deep control, which may be prevented by superficial control, like the surface reflections of a pond may prevent one from seeing its depth. Life is about controlling the environment. Even more, life is about controlling the inner milieu. Controlling the environment aims to Read the full article…

Why Medicalization Sucks

Medicalization is the untoward appropriation of an issue by the medical field as if from now on, it’s part of the physician’s job description to manage this issue. From a satellite view, one can see that humanity wants to get rid of disease. Each culture considers health as one of the highest goods. So we Read the full article…

Sticky Thoughts

This is the foreword to my book ‘Sticky Thoughts’ that you can find on Amazon (see menu). The purpose of Sticky Thoughts is to bring in a concise way (so that each of them ‘fits on a sticker’) many ideas that may be ‘sticky’ in that they linger on in the reader’s mind. The stickers Read the full article…

Tinnitus: Listening to Your Noise – What Does it Tell You?

Of course, it is your noise, by definition, since it’s not generated in the environment outside you. But it can be even more yours than just through this. Good news, since this leads to possible management from inside out. ►►► WHY read this? An increasing number of people are suffering without satisfactory treatment at present, Read the full article…

Depression Relief – Read&Do

This is the foreword to my book ‘Depression Relief’ that you can find on Amazon (see menu). Pandemic of depression An increasing number of people are being diagnosed with depression worldwide. There is more to this than just some wrought statistics. There is much suffering at the deepest level, which is what depression basically stands Read the full article…

Getting Slim – Read&Do

This is the foreword to my book ‘Getting Slim’ that you can find on Amazon (see menu). Diet after diet Many people go on a diet, yet we know that dieting doesn’t work well in the long term. We may posit that these people do want to lose weight sustainably. Then why do they, again Read the full article…

Can I? Should I? Will I? (in Medicine)

A time of many crises is also a time of many opportunities. In medicine, the challenge is that of a radical turnover. Are we ready? Is medicine ready? ►►►WHY read this? For physicians and patients alike, to go with the flow will lead to a different flow, soon enough.◄◄◄ Physicians used to be magicians. We’re Read the full article…

AureliCare

Yes, yes, yes, I know one cannot change the world through wishful thinking. But one needs to start somewhere. Also, it’s quite romantic to keep trying. ►►► WHY read this? Try and keep trying. Finally, we will succeed together. ◄◄◄ AureliCare is an envisioned healthcare system in which the deeper mind is promoted for what Read the full article…

Takotsubo, Broken Heart

Also called acute stress-induced cardiomyopathy (heart disease) or broken heart syndrome, takotsubo is triggered by intense emotional or physical stress. The heart fails. The patient may die. ►►► WHY read this? Takotsubo is not well known but reasonably frequent. It shows how significant can be the influence of stress on heart disease. ◄◄◄ No, it’s Read the full article…

Mind – Medicine – 2020

The human mind has always been prominent in health matters. In 2020, more than ever. In this text, I talk about the ‘mind’ to denote not only conscious awareness but the totality of meaningful processing that goes on mainly (not exclusively) in the brain and that, with an open eye, we would readily see as Read the full article…

Whirlpool of Disease

A whirlpool is a state in which much energy comes together, leading to a non-natural flow. A new order is created at the expense of the surroundings. This is probably central to most ‘disease.’ Life is a search for equilibrium. In the midst of a universe that searches for entropy (disorder), life is but a Read the full article…

Is Social Nocebo Real?

Can culturally engrained convictions have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of many individuals? About placebo A person can have a placebo effect all by himself by being convinced that something is helpful, but by itself, it is not helpful at all. This way, for instance, a sugar pill can be a ‘painkiller.’ Read the full article…

The Disease and the Reality

Disease differentiates the healthy from the diseased. Reality is much fuzzier. Continua In another blog text, I described diseases as – at least in many cases – continua rather than binary entities. [see: “A Disease is a Continuum, Not an Entity“] There is also a continuum from healthy to ‘diseased.’ I also wrote about disease Read the full article…

Psychotherapists in AURELIS setting

Looking into my crystal ball, I see many changes coming gradually from the future towards psychotherapy and psychotherapists. One thing is for sure: It will be exciting. See also Aurelis Coaching Institute. I write this text from an AURELIS/Lisa standpoint. My crystal ball is nice to me. It shows me the future in these terms, Read the full article…

Sveltitude

is an attitude. More precisely, it’s an element of an attitude of just-enough. Moderation. Just-enough to be healthy and focused. Just-enough to optimally be. Spirit of Sveltitude Sveltitude is a mental attitude, a vision of what is qualitatively meaningful. It’s not so much about how much you weigh, but how much you ‘weigh upon’. Thus, Read the full article…

Placebo Based Medicine

Alternative medicines – whether or not called ‘complementary’ – are not to be dismissed just for being alternative but to the degree that they are based on placebo-as-a-lie. Placebo >< empathy I see a huge difference between both at a conceptual level, transcending terminology. [see: “Empathy: What it Was, Is and… Will Be?”] This text Read the full article…

From Symbolism to Psychosis

I see a continuum between both. That should not be a reason to avoid symbols. Quite the contrary. Mainly: no blame to anyone! A continuum Working with symbols may in unfortunate circumstances lead to a darker progression. This needs to be managed. Actually, any symbolic experience [see: ‘Symbolism lost. Symbolism regained.’] can be seen as Read the full article…

Euthanasia Is Not an Execution

so don’t treat it as one. [see: “The Final Transition”] At the day of this writing, a friend of mine ‘committed’ euthanasia. His decision was understandable. He wasn’t a very close friend, yet it was/is somewhat traumatic. The days and hours before, it felt quite like execution was going to take place. Nobody mentioned the Read the full article…

Psyche, Soma, AURELIS

Let’s dive into it head-on today. The influence of psyche (mind) on soma (body) is probably huge and AURELIS can mean immensely much in this. ‘Not knowing’, doesn’t mean ‘knowing that not’. There are still enormous gaps in present-day medical knowledge. Of what seems to be certain today, a lot was not certain yesterday. A Read the full article…

Power of Placebo < Autosuggestion

The placebo effect is well known, but not well understood. Many explanations have been suggested, including belief, hope, classical conditioning, expectation, endorphins, and the meaning response. All boil down to autosuggestion , in the sense of ‘communication with the nonconscious’. [Note that I published about this myself in a high-level medical scientific journal: Mommaerts JL, Read the full article…

Medically Unexplained Syndromes (MUS)

Being very common, MUS-patients need recognition of their suffering, a good relationship with their physicians and others, a sense of control and a proper action plan. Needed foremost towards this is a realistic understanding of mind=body wholeness. [This text is the result of a small literature research by me in top medical journals. This is Read the full article…

Addiction: in Search of Deeper Meaning

Always. Behind every addiction lies deeper meaning. Its power comes from its deeper meaning, which is intrinsically bound to the addicted person himself. However, its form is alien. This way, the addicted person is very much trapped… by himself. This presupposes internal dissociation. A more dissociated person is thus probably more prone to addiction. [see: Read the full article…

A Disease is a Continuum, Not an Entity

Medical textbooks generally list diseases as crisp entities. This may be OK in a book, providing exemplars of reality. However, real reality is different. This has several far-reaching consequences. To be or not to be? Many diseases – if not all – are not binary conditions. To be or not to be, is not the Read the full article…

Symptom = Problem?

A ‘symptom’ is primordially just an issue that you give some of your attention to. It only becomes a ‘symptom’ when you experience it as such. The reason why we see a psycho-somatic symptom as a problem is because we see it as some kind of entity that doesn’t really belong to who we are. Read the full article…

From Placebo to Insight

… there should be a gentle slope. Not a downfall. (This text is not about what concretely is or is not a placebo.) Gentle slope – principle Many people do depend on their placebo, like a kind of crutch. To abruptly take this crutch away can have negative results: people fall and break another leg. Read the full article…

Feeling Better or Being Better

Do you want to work on feeling better in this world, or rather feeling OK in a better world? This is a moral choice A better world is a world of better persons, including you. It’s not a world, of course, in which you necessarily feel worse. Still, you might even consciously choose for such. Read the full article…

Addictive Behavior = Communication

ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOUR = SYMPTOM = SYMBOL Addictive behavior (overeating, smoking…) is a symptom, comparable to other symptoms. So you can approach it – just like all other symptoms – in 2 ways: the symptom as a not-symbolic entity. In this case, the behavior is something that you just want to get rid of as quickly Read the full article…

Order out of Chaos?

Something can appear chaotic while containing an inherent order. In this case, the ‘chaos’ is possibly very important. People have a natural aversion to chaos. This may even be seen as a general characteristic of life: in defiance of a universal ‘fall towards entropy/chaos’, life stitches together a living space of order. Life, in this Read the full article…

If it works, then it’s OKAY?

This is definitely not sufficient. You need to know what works and towards what. Nothing works without a ‘towards what’ For instance, a hammer doesn’t work unless you use it towards some purpose. If you use it as a paperweight, then that’s the purpose, towards which the hammer probably works. Without a ‘towards what’, the Read the full article…

Difference between Fear and Anxiety

Very briefly: fear is concrete – anxiety is symbolic. One can have fear of a lion just escaped from the zoo, or of the sound of approaching footsteps along a dark and lonely street in a strange city. The object of fear is always readily nameable. The fear itself is always readily relatable to by Read the full article…

What You Can ‘Learn’ from Your Symptom

People ask me this because it regularly appears in AURELIS. Actually, it’s already present within the last two letters, standing for Inner Strength. Symptom as communication ‘from deep inside’ To the degree that your symptom is psycho-somatic – as most chronic symptoms are – it’s present because deep inside yourself, something deserves attention. Something is Read the full article…

Schizophrenia (and Other Psychotic States)

Schizophrenia is not an AURELIS-indication. However, I personally think it would be a good one, helpful to schizophrenics. The absence of this indication has legal reasons: Suppose someone with an upcoming psychosis uses the indication and gets a psychotic episode… Is AURELIS to blame? At the same time I think this is (as I write Read the full article…

A Taste of Pain

Pain is not always easy to ‘endure’ if you necessarily want to ‘endure’ it. There are only 4 basic tastes (or 5, if you count in ‘unami’) that we can distinguish on the tongue: salty, sour, sweet and bitter. All other flavors that we taste with the tongue are somehow combinations of these 4. Makes Read the full article…

Subconceptual Processing in Health and Healing (From My PhD Thesis)

People worldwide face enormous healthcare problems for which the more resources we focus on solving them, the worse they become. Many solutions give temporary relief, followed by further deterioration. [see About ‘Subconceptual’] Some examples are depression, obesity, psycho-somatic disorders and drug addiction. Looking at pharmaceutical drugs. In spite of the general view that these cure Read the full article…

Possible Meaning of AURELIS in the World

AURELIS is a way of standing in the world, a way of ‘being’, or at least: an attempt to this end. Nobody is perfect, thank God. You could consider AURELIS as a form of ‘therapy’. Then it becomes a part of health care. People have problems/needs and they are trying to find a solution. On Read the full article…

‘Control’ Is Not the Answer

In a search for direct ‘control’, people tend to lose more and more a deeper kind of control. This may result in a turmoil leading to problems in health and beyond. For instance, trying to ‘control’ an addiction This makes one fight a huge fight against… oneself. An addiction is not a strange dark spot Read the full article…

Grinding Yourself into Disease and Out Again

A unidimensional, linear way in medical causal thinking leads to many mounting problems in psychosomatics. Self-perpetuating patterns may lie closer to reality. Old way : serial thinking As a child, I had bronchitis several times. Mother phoned. The physician came. Physical examination and a few questions. Two or three medications, one of them being antibiotics. Read the full article…

From Grief to Growth

There can be positive elements in grief – if you open yourself. The death of a person – the death of an idea – the death of a relationship – even the death of a hoped-for electoral outcome… One should not get rid of grief or bypass it. Yet what regularly happens, is that a Read the full article…

Six Steps Every Drug Addict Could Take

Psychology should ALWAYS be part of managing an addiction: not just fighting it but really managing it in due respect for yourself as a ‘total human being’. Thus, in every case, if you want to overcome an addiction, it’s good to take the psyche into account. First step: it’s you. Within the totality of your Read the full article…

Think Yourself Slim.

If you want a slim body, it’s better to start with a slim mind. You want to fully enjoy eating and you want to slim down… Of course, slim people eat too. They may even enjoy eating. They only don’t eat too much (calories), in the long run. So what is the real job if Read the full article…

How to Prevent Your Next Heart Attack – Using Your Mind.

This piece of ‘reverse causality’ might save the lives of millions… including yours. In the US, there are 8 million visits to Emergency Departments for chest pain yearly, while +/- 1.200.000 people have a heart attack, of which 40% end in death. May a mental procedure alleviate much of this suffering? And may it save Read the full article…

How to Take Your Painkiller – Mindfully

The placebo effect of painkillers is high. Moreover, you can enhance it for yourself. Note that a psychological effect is of course as real as any other! The placebo effect of painkillers generally amounts to half the experienced effect. Thus of the diminishment in pain, half is pharmacological, half psychological. This is true for an Read the full article…

Morality in Healing

The morality of healing lies in becoming a whole – healed – person. An in-dividual = un-divided. Ethics is involved in healing. Not only in why and how, but in the actual healing itself. This would not be the case if healing were always as simple as attaining a prior state of health. But since Read the full article…

What Every Pedophile Should Know

Do not condemn yourself for any inclination. I hope you can get beyond whenever appropriate. ‘Pedophilia’ is an inclination. The same term – but a very different thing! – Is also used to denote an acting out of this inclination. If you are a pedophile reading this text, I hope your prime intention is not Read the full article…

Is There Coherence in Heart Coherence?

On a basis of meditation, heart coherence claims to make the heart rate more ‘coherent’ and through this coherency, to positively influence health and well-being in many ways. It’s nice to say that the heart is important. Many people love it and heart coherence does say so. According to me, its further claims are unsubstantiated, Read the full article…

Placebo Is Not Good for You

Even if a placebo may appear to help at short term, one should always look further. For a long list of ‘placebo side effects’, click here. For an article by me on ResearchGate: [see RG: ”Placebos have many ‘side-effects’“] Placebo is generally limited to relieving symptoms, as by the way also do most regular medications Read the full article…

Double-Blind in the Balance

Double-blind studies are under siege and rightly so. Let’s heighten the standard. A double-blind study compares a group of people undergoing an active medical treatment with a group that – apart from the therapeutic effect – receives an almost perfect simulation of that treatment. The subjects are not told to which group they belong: they Read the full article…

73. The revenge of the tonsils

Things may appear rational, but that’s no guarantee that they are. Sometimes, I mean most of the time, we are not aware of this as much as we should. The result is that we live in a very irrational world and are not even aware of it. The house of Homo Sapiens is a house Read the full article…

71. The eye of the needle

Experimental scientists want to ‘prove’ the effect of acupuncture by using their experimental scientists’ schemes. What has come out of the experimentation with acupuncture is that it works… sometimes. ◊◊◊ Even so, if one doesn’t care exactly what works, then the case seems to be in favor of the needlers… sometimes. However, if one goes Read the full article…

62. Autism: Look who’s not talking

I’m ashamed to live in this age of disgrace. ◊◊◊ As with all ‘categories’ that are no real categories but only feable attempts to uphold an idea of ‘knowing’, there are of course many causes of the phenomenon called ‘autism’. Sure there is genetics involved as well as several physical environmental factors. Is this not Read the full article…

59. Irritable bowling. Stop that game!

On average 10% of patients attending a GP are seeking advice mainly for symptoms of irritable bowels. A gastroenterologist sees up to 30% of his clientele suffering from this. Yet the painful truth for the people suffering from this painful condition is that medicine has no substantial answer to this. There is really a lot Read the full article…

55. Making medicine 80% cheaper? No problem

Health is money (and vice versa). At least, that seems to be the message if you read the world in a pharmaceutical company’s handbook. The problem is that money is to many people still a rather scarce commodity. In the US, 30% of personal bankruptcies are due to the out-of-own-pocket costs of medical care. In Read the full article…

54. This is madness!

I have to confess. I have spent 2 years in psychiatric hospitals… in acute care (acute delirium, psychosis etc.) as well as in long-term psychiatric wards (chronic schizophrenia, dementia…). I have direct experience in how it is to be there, the ups and downs, the longings, the treatments. All of it. ◊◊◊ If you haven’t Read the full article…

50. Placebo: I will please… whom?

Let’s journey a bit on the well-known placebo-effect: getting better from medication until you discover it’s a sugar pill or otherwise doesn’t work in itself. You have probably heard of it. But do you think it’s far from you sickbed? Think again! There’s no medication coming on the market unless it’s been scientifically compared to Read the full article…

47. Are alternative medicines ‘alternative’?

In this age of rationalism and self-declared enlightenment, ‘alternative medicines’ (AMs) are seen by most adepts of ‘non-alternative medicine’ (NAM) as those kinds of medicine that are not based upon precious science, in contrast to NAM. And that is indeed very true. If something from an AM or even a complete AM can be scientifically Read the full article…

45. We all heal of cancer on a daily basis

In a simplistic view upon cancer, everything is very straightforward: there is a cell in your body that degenerates into a cancer cell and starts to multiply very quickly. Indeed, much more quickly than all its healthy sister cells. At first, this passes unnoticed of course but in due time, the growth is discernible and Read the full article…

35. Fear of flying? Let the sky not be thy limit.

The world is becoming smaller and smaller. Airplanes are getting bigger and bigger. Only fear of flying remains the same. This means that more and more people are in a position that they need to fly, or would like to fly, but are afraid to. The airport is their closed door. ◊◊◊ I have good Read the full article…

32. Can the placebo lie ever be a ‘benign lie’?

‘The truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.’ ◊◊◊ The existence, indeed almost omnipresence of placebo has weird consequences. One of them is that serious people are now asking whether the above saying is valid or not for medicine in the broadest sense, as it is in jurisdiction. ◊◊◊ Indeed, the issue Read the full article…

27. Medicine of war. Medicine of peace.

Present-day Western medicine is based on the philosophy of war. Diseases are the enemy that has to be attacked as effectively as possible. The weapons to do so are medication, surgical procedures, etc. Behavioral therapy in its pure form is the psychological ally in this continuous battle. The goal is to get rid of the Read the full article…

26. ‘My pain is real! It’s not mental!’

The outcry in the title is the result of a way of thinking that, sadly enough, still pervades our culture very much. It is as if what is mental cannot be real at the same time. This seems to be very deeply ingrained, so deep that many people don’t even question it at any time Read the full article…

25. Getting beyond the symptom is not easy

In another of these ‘sticky thoughts’, I explained that most medications work only symptomatically. This is: they relieve symptoms and this only as long as you take them. If you stop taking them, then either your symptoms return, or you have self-healed in the meantime. ◊◊◊ This is logical, since going beyond the symptom is Read the full article…

23. Sleeping pills are keeping us awake

Worldwide, many tons of sleeping pills are taken each year. A huge number of people take it on a chronic basis, while it is well known that the effect disappears after 3 weeks. Why is this? A question that may truly keep one awake. ◊◊◊ The answer, which is an answer-in-three-stages, may keep one awake Read the full article…

17. Antidepressants: doors wide shut

Antidepressants have not been invented. They have been discovered. It happened through people taking drugs for another purpose. Some of these reported a diminishment in feelings of depression. ◊◊◊ As one says, the rest is history. ◊◊◊ Looking closer at it, the aim of that what has been discovered, is to indiscriminately diminish the suffering. Read the full article…

15. The message in the bottle: homeopathy

Classic ‘pure’ homeopathy: one takes a number of drops of ‘messaged’ water and gets better. That’s what we are told and guess what, it’s true indeed. ◊◊◊ What is also true is that the person not only takes the water, but also ‘takes’ the expectation that this water will help him. Question: which of both Read the full article…

13. Is medical science ready for emotions?

Emotions and health: in the agelong history of medicine, there has seldom been any doubt about the influence of the one on the other. Still, although it may well be of the utmost importance to us all, we don’t see medical science reach many definite conclusions on this domain. So: is the problem in the Read the full article…

12. ‘The cure sanctifies the means’… no way, mister!

‘I don’t care how it works, as long as it works.’ Western society is obsessed with ‘things that work’. We like to see distinctive results. It gives us a sense of achievement, control and if possible also progression towards ‘a better world’. ◊◊◊ I couldn’t agree more: it should work! ◊◊◊ At the same time, Read the full article…

11. Depression: in need of the lost soul

According to medical textbooks, depression is defined on the one hand as a number of symptoms: seeing the future bleak, having profound feelings of guilt and hopelessness, appetite and sleep disturbances etc. On the other hand, it’s looked upon as a hormonal or brain transmitter disorder. ◊◊◊ So we have the symptoms and we have Read the full article…

9. Anorexia: being hungry for another kind of food

Hypothesis: an anorectic is someone who is in dire need of ‘soul food’ and because this is not available, enacts this deep need into not taking any other food either. ◊◊◊ This doesn’t make every anorectic a kind of saint, unless you assume that in the end we are all ‘saints’. What’s in a word. Read the full article…

8.ADHD: children in need of attention, twice

‘Attention’ is a very strange phenomenon. At first sight, and as far as we are normally used to think about it, it’s very easy. One focuses one’s attention on something to some degree or not at all. That’s all there is to it, no? ◊◊◊ No. Pay attention now. ◊◊◊ To make this clear, compare Read the full article…

7. An eye-opener on double-blind studies

The core of present-day scientific medicine is more and more boiling down to ‘evidence based medicine’ (EBM). The essence of EBM is double-blind studies: comparing a new supposedly-active substance to placebo whereby both prescriber(s) and patients are ignorant (‘blind’) in regard to whether they get placebo or the ‘active’ substance. ◊◊◊ Nice. ◊◊◊ Everything (really: Read the full article…

6. Phobia: let the spiders talk to you

If you have a phobia for spiders and you go to a therapist, there’s a big chance that he will subject you to a ‘systematic desensitization’. This is: you are gradually brought into contact with ‘spider’ until you can stand its presence or even touch the real thing. Simple procedure, no? And doesn’t it work? Read the full article…

4. So plastic flowers are real after all… are they?

Good to know (yet not a recent finding) for all asthmatic patients: you can seemingly get an asthmatic attack through contact with a plastic flower or even distilled nebulized water (*). It may surprise you at first, but this is extremely good news, since it means that the relation between allergen (the thing you react Read the full article…

1. Bacteria are real. So are feelings.

Stomach ulcers are caused by stress. No they aren’t. Yes they are. No they … Do you also get the idea that people see what they want to see in this? Since scientists are people, that is true for them as well. ◊◊◊ In human affairs, there’s always something for everyone. So people who want Read the full article…

Saving € 1 trillion in healthcare

Western medicine circumvents the mind way too much. The financial consequence of this is straightforward. Most researchers agree that the reasons why people consult their physicians are frequently psycho-somatic. This means that mind and body are involved. Or otherwise put: that the issue can be seen from a mind perspective as well as from a Read the full article…

Psychosomatics in $$

This text contains crude approximations. Nevertheless, the information may altogether give some idea that, according to me, is realistic. (numbers are taken from Health System Tracker, a trustworthy source if ever there is one) Fact: the projected healthcare costs in the US accrue to $17000 per capita in 2027. There are +/- 330 million citizens Read the full article…

A Tale of Placebo: Arthritis of the Knee

Generally, people do not easily relate placebo to surgery. Think again. Bruce Moseley is an American orthopedic surgeon with a peculiar story to tell. In the early 1990s, he was widely regarded as an expert on knee arthroscopy. Receiving excellent feedback from many patients, he wanted to know how effective these operations were. This is Read the full article…

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