Monday, January 16, 2017

When the Body Says No

Gabor Mate's book When the Body Says No was an eye-opener.
It looks at cases and studies around how some people are more vulnerable to being stricken by life-threatening diseases due to the repression of emotion among other things. It's through self-denial and self-betrayal that we get into problems.  So much of what brings about the series of problems that contribute to immune system weakness stems from what we lack attachment-wise in our childhoods.  It made me all the more passionate about Dr. Neufeld's material and about providing emotionally for our girls.

The idea of stress is developed in the book too.  It's not the external factors we often associate with it--those daily vexations.  Surely they matter and add to our difficulties.  Still, it's the internal lack of support that attachment and being freely individuated that really makes us vulnerable.