RE: [MOL] Lets Get Well Series 3 of 3, end! Think about it huh?- Lil [01006] Medicine On Line


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RE: [MOL] Lets Get Well Series 3 of 3, end! Think about it huh?- Lil



Hi Lil:  This ends in the middle of a sentence.  Do you have the rest of
the paragraph?  June

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Lillian [SMTP:firefly@islc.net]
> Sent:	Sunday, October 24, 1999 12:30 AM
> To:	mol
> Subject:	[MOL] Lets Get Well Series 3 of 3, end!  Think about it
> huh?
> 
> THE POWER OF EMOTION
> 
>     This  describes the power of our emotions to influence our health.
> The
> normal and healthy organism will move toward emotional pleasure
> (comfort)
> and away from emotional pain (discomfort). Emotional pain is
> experienced
> when needs are not being met and the person experiences or anticipates
> deprivation. Experiencing or anticipating deprivation signals the
> person of
> danger and readies him to remove the threat. Emotional pleasure is
> experienced when there is gratification of psychological, emotional,
> physical, and spiritual needs and desires.
> 
>     While experiencing a state of emotional pleasure/comfort, the
> parasympathetic nervous system is cathected (engaged), and the
> person's body
> experiences chemical changes which create a state of physical ease
> mixed
> with normal levels of excitement (unfolding growth potential). Optimal
> physical health occurs in this state. When a person's sources of
> pleasure
> are blocked or are perceived as blocked, the natural "movement toward"
> process becomes unavailable. The natural pursuit of emotional pleasure
> will
> not occur, and the person will instead "freeze" that desire rather
> than
> discharging it. This "pleasure-freeze" sets up a physical and
> emotional
> state of tension that can adversely affect our health.
> 
> 
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> ----
> 
> THE CANCER-PRONE PERSONALITY
> 
>     We will explore in depth in this next section the concept of
> emotional
> needs and how they relate to stress responses in individuals. In
> Chapter 9
> we will cover Dr. Taibi Kahler's concept of psychological needs when
> we
> discuss the Kahler Stress Profile for Cancer. This Stress Profile was
> adapted for Cancer by Dr. Janet Hranicky. It accurately correlates an
> individual's psychological needs with their personality structure. The
> Kahler model shows how, when we are not getting our primary
> psychological
> needs met consistently, we will predictably move into distress
> symptoms.
> 
>     By understanding the concepts of emotional needs and psychological
> needs
> and how they relate to the process of stress, we can begin to identify
> specific steps for intervention to maximize recovery potential.
> Unfortunately, stress has become one of those over-used and
> little-understood concepts. In attempting to locate sources of stress,
> a lot
> of emphasis has been placed on situational factors, such as divorce,
> conflicts in relationships, death of a loved one, promotion, job
> change, and
> so forth. Although these situational factors are certainly important,
> many
> people experience such events every day, yet do not develop cancer or
> other
> illnesses. And conversely, many cancer patients have no greater number
> of
> these situational factors in their lives than others who are
> cancer-free.
> 
>     This section will describe how stress is determined not only by
> situational life events, but more importantly by our individual
> responses to
> those events. Many cancer patients have developed a stress-prone
> personality, resulting in the chronic long-term stress of emotional
> and
> psychological needs going unmet, accompanied by attitudinal beliefs
> about
> not being able to ever have what they truly want or need to attain
> personal
> happiness. Coping with such long-term stress can overwhelm a person's
> defense system and predispose him/her to an inability to handle a
> series of
> situational stressors when they arise. This chronic stress response is
> present not only in cancer, but also other immu
> 
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