The problem with psychoanalytic interpretations is that their creators are dissatisfied with this level of analysis and reach for deeper meanings for which there is usually little clinical or scientific justification. A single-minded quest for psychoanalytic reality can dehumanize the patient every bit as much as the numbing reductionism of an obsessively biomedical investigation. Symptom onset in this case, and in many similar ones treated by psychiatrists, is interpreted in the context of the special meanings within which the illness is embedded. Symptom and context can be interpreted as symbol and text. The latter extends and clarifies the significance of the former; The text is laden with potential meanings, but in the symptom-symbol only one or a few become effective. There is, of course, both sufficient redundancy in the living symbolism of the symptoms and density of meanings in the life text and enough uncertainty and ambiguity in their interpretation to make this aspect of clinical work more like literary criticism or anthropological analysis of a ritual in an alien society than like the interpretation of a laboratory test or a microscopic slide of a tumor. And yet there is also something similar in the interpretive process of these human actions of reconfiguring illness as disease, especially as they are affected by the exigent context of illness and the therapeutic mandate to intervene to relieve suffering, that makes each of these clinical behaviors diverge from the methods of physical science. Perhaps I am describing what it is in the nature of illness behavior (for, after all, patient and family are actively engaged in interpretation, too) and the tasks of doctoring that suggests both are closer to the human sciences, where the work of interpretation is now seen to be a fundamental activity. Although the contribution of bodily symbols, as illustrated by the case of hysterical paralysis, is not significant, nor need be so, in most cases of chronic illness, health professionals have become accustomed in cases like Alice Alcott's to examining (usually intuitively and casually) how the personal domain of passions and inner turmoil worsen the illness experience. How does this body part feel physically? Heavy, tight, painful, absent? Describe the physical sensations you notice. Now, what do you notice energetically? Does it feel full of energy or empty? Does it feel connected to the rest of your body? Does it feel connected to the next part? Recall what this body part was doing as part of your body map. Was it completely absent. Did it appear as a dotted line, or otherwise out of balance?

Suppose that a child held a firm belief that the earth is flat, based on his perception of the world. Then he learns from his teacher that the world is, in fact, round. He decides to do a bit of research and finds information that supports what the teacher is saying. From the moment the child hears that the world is round, he begins the process of assimilation. Accommodation begins as he explores this idea and thinks about how he learned that the world was flat and begins to compare that with the new information he has been acquiring. This step is closely followed by incorporating the new information in a way that allows him to create growth. He might create balance by recognizing that he believed in the flatness of the world due to the information he had at the time. It is not about stupidity or stubbornness, but simply a lack of information. He is then able to see how he is growing in knowledge and can feel excited about this new round-world discovery. This process is how we all learn and develop. Once again, Ron answered honestly, Yes, but what difference does it make? You're here now. I just needed to know, she said. But in a few days, she asked, Did they break up with you, or did you break up with them? She had taken her focus off of being in the relationship and put it on the end of the relationship. She wasn't living life; Ron realized that trying to reassure her would be pointless. He could feel the downward pull of her emptiness and her neediness. Eventually, the negative words that she had been expecting came: Vanessa, I think you should move out. Her negative affirmations had created her worst fear.

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You're not here to exist, it's a waste of this gift of life to not improve, to not gain, grow, and win. Discipline Equals Freedom Freedom isn't secured by filling up on your heart's desire but by removing your desire. Our view of discipline is often of the disciplinarian, not the millionaire or billionaire, the adventurer, or the warrior defending freedom in a hostile land. Forget about the disciplinarian. Focus on the freedom. You may think that your adventures have to be put on hold because you're focused on discipline, but that's far from the truth. The truth is that discipline brings freedom into your life in a myriad of forms, including financial freedom to live how you want and the free time to pursue what you want and to travel where and when you want. The fitter and healthier you are, the more you can do. A fat fella can't hike a mountain. I imagine you have felt similar excitement if you've gone to a rally, rock concert, or sporting event. A room full of eager, excited, anticipatory people creates an energy that is palpable. A room full of mourners at a funeral creates a very different energy. You of course can see that energy on the faces of the people in the room, but you can also feel it. The people in each of these situations are sharing feeling molecules that are leaving their bodies and being picked up by and communicating with others. Earlier you learned that when you have feelings, your body creates molecules to match those feelings. But even though the molecules are largely the same as the ones inside your body, when they leave your body they are called pheromones, kind of like the road near my house changes names even though the street is the same. Pheromone molecules that leave your body are made up of the same elements as the hormone molecules inside your body. You Communicate like Ants and Trees Can you recall a time when you saw a steady stream of ants coming to get some crumbs of food that had been dropped?

Experts of mental health use the term emotional dysregulation to signify a poorly-modulated emotional response, which does not qualify as a normal or regular emotional response. Commonly, we refer to this condition as mood swings or mood fluctuations. Have you ever seen a person throwing away a pen from his or her desk in a fit of anger? It is a display of mood swing. When you feel extremely angry or frustrated it results in self blame as a result you throw objects around you, behave aggressively with other people, or harm yourself. Mood swings generally occur for few seconds; It is a behavioural disorder that can hamper your social and professional relationships. The common attributes of such mood swings or emotional outbursts can be linked to childhood psychological trauma or brain injury at a young age. Improper treatment such as neglect, child abuse or institutional abuse/neglect may also lead to emotional dysregulation. The factors result in lack of attachment to human emotions. Freud's great contribution here was to authorize the interpretation of the biography of the patient and the interpersonal context of disorder as an appropriate component of the practitioner's craft. For Freud and his followers, events in the kitchen, the office, the schoolroom all were necessary to interpret the text of illness fully. This vision continues to attract numbers of psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care physicians, nurses, social workers, and other members of the helping professions to construct a new language of general health care that addresses the deeply private significance of illness. When the patient under examination disrobes to expose a body covered with the ugly scars of eczema or with the raw, red, flaking plaques of psoriasis, the practitioner should recognize that shame, hurt, anger, despair, or other constellations of feelings probably are present. As key ingredients of the illness experience, these feelings are likely to affect the patient's life experiences in general, the illness per se, and the response to care. The role of the health professional is not so much to ferret out the innermost secrets (which can easily lend itself to a dangerous kind of voyeurism) as it is to assist the chronically ill and those around them to come to terms with--that is, accept, master, or change--those personal significances that can be shown to be operating in their lives and in their care. I take this to constitute the essence of what is now called empowering patients. Explanation and Emotion as Meaning Alice Alcott's case is an example of yet another kind of illness meaning, the struggle of sick persons, their families, and practitioners to fashion serviceable explanations of the various aspects of illness and treatment. Roughly speaking, these explanatory accounts seem to respond to any or all of the following questions: What is the cause of the disorder?