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Mind-body interventions - edit
NCCAM classifications
  1. Alternative Medical Systems
  2. Mind-Body Intervention
  3. Biologically Based Therapy
  4. Manipulative Methods
  5. Energy Therapy
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The term autosuggestion is used for positive or negative physical symptoms explained by the thoughts and beliefs of a person. For example, some will experience more pain when they think it will hurt. Headaches sometimes go away after taking a painkiller, but before the painkiller could actually start acting on its own. Related to this is the placebo-effect. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Mind-Body Intervention uses a variety of techniques designed to enhance the minds capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms. ... Autogenic training is a term for a relaxation technique developed by the German psychiatrist Johannes Schultz first published in 1932. ... Biodanza is a system of affective integration, organic renovation and a re-education in original life functions, based on vivencias (intense experiences in the here and now) created through movement, dance, and encounter situations within a group. ... Eutony is a mind-body discipline created by Gerda Alexander based upon the experience of ones own body. ... The Feldenkrais Method is an educational system intended to give a greater functional awareness of the self. ... : Hypnotherapy is therapy that is undertaken with a subject in hypnosis. ... Terms and concepts in alternative medicine provides a glossary of quick and to the point definitions of important terms and concepts unique to alternative medicine (CAM). ... For other senses of this word, see Meditation (disambiguation). ... The Metamorphic Technique is a gentle form of foot, hand and head massage that can be carried out by anyone with a brief training in the technique. ... Rebirthing is a branch of alternative medicine which postulates that human birth is a traumatic event (see birth trauma) and that a discipline consisting of a combination of connected breathing techniques, relaxation and focused awareness can have therapeutic benefits. ... Somatic psychology, also known as body psychotherapy, is an academic and applied field involving the study of therapeutic and holistic approaches to the body, somatic experience, and the embodied self. ... Sophrologie was created by Alfonso Caycedo in the 1960s. ... Support groups exist to combat or legitimise conditions or behaviours. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Yoga whythbytvfbyjfgnuj6yfgy6gbytbythbthnbtyyhn uyuytnhunnytnjytjyhnygfhjnynjhfygnhen used as a form of alternative medicine is a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation, practiced for over 5,000 years. ... Terms and concepts in alternative medicine provides a glossary of quick and to the point definitions of important terms and concepts unique to alternative medicine (CAM). ... Alternative medicine is defined as any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as chiropractic, homeopathy, or faith healing) not included in the traditional medical curricula taught in the United States and Britain.[1] Complementary medicine is defined as any of the practices (as acupuncture) of alternative medicine accepted... The term symptom (from the Greek meaning chance, mishap or casualty, itself derived from συμπιπτω meaning to fall upon or to happen to) has two similar meanings in the context of physical and mental health: Strictly, a symptom is a sensation or change in health function experienced by a patient. ... For other uses, see Placebo (disambiguation). ...


This influence of the mind on the body can be used in a positive way to improve the way a person feels (mentally or physically).


Autosuggestion (or the related autogenic training) is a process by which an individual trains the subconscious mind to believe something, or systematically schematizes the person's own mental associations, usually for a given purpose. This is accomplished through self-hypnosis methods or repetitive, constant self-affirmations, and may be seen as a form of self-induced brainwashing. The acceptance of autosuggestion may be quickened through mental visualization of that which the individual would like to believe. Its success is typically correlated with the consistency of its use and the length of time over which it is used. Autosuggestion can be seen as an aspect of prayer, self-exhorting "pep talks", meditation, and other similar activities. A trivial example of self-improvement by autosuggestion is the New Year's resolution, especially if it is followed up by systematic attention to the resolution. Autogenic training is a term for a relaxation technique developed by the German psychiatrist Johannes Schultz first published in 1932. ... See also: Unconscious mind. ... For other uses, see Mind (disambiguation). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Professor Charcot was well-known for showing, during his lessons at the Salpêtrière hospital, hysterical woman patients – here, his favorite patient, Blanche (Marie) Wittman, supported by Joseph Babiński. ... Brainwashing (also known as thought reform or re-education) consists of any systematic effort aimed at instilling certain attitudes and beliefs in a person against his/her will, usually beliefs in conflict with the persons prior beliefs and knowledge. ... Mary Magdalene in prayer. ... A New Year resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. ...


Autosuggestion is most commonly accomplished by presenting (either through caressing or bombarding) one's mind with repetitive thoughts (negative or positive), until those thoughts become internalized. Practitioners typically hope to transmute thoughts into beliefs, and even into actualities. Visualizing the manifestations of a belief, verbally affirming it, and thinking it using one's "internal voice", are typical means of influencing one's mind via repetitive autosuggestion. Autosuggestion is normally thought of as a deliberate tool, but it can also refer to an unintentional process. Thought or thinking is a mental process which allows beings to model the world, and so to deal with it effectively according to their goals, plans, ends and desires. ...


The French psychologist Émile Coué wrote extensively on the theory and practice of autosuggestion. Émile Coué (February 26, 1857 – July 2, 1926) was a French psychologist and pharmacist who introduced a method of psychotherapy, healing, and self-improvement based on optimistic autosuggestion. ...


Applications of deliberate autosuggestion are intended to change: the way one believes, perceives, or thinks; one's acts; or the way one is composed physically or physiologically. An example might be individuals reading nightly aloud a statement they have written describing how they would like to be, then repeating the statement in their mind until they fall asleep. People have attributed changes to such a nightly routine or similar employment of autosuggestion, for example, increased confidence, the conquering of life-long fears, heightened mental faculties (e.g., ability to calculate mathematics or read at a quicker rate), eradication of diseases or infections from one's body, and even improved eyesight and growing taller. It is not uncommon to hear people claim that they have been able to get rid of warts on their hands, simply by making a point of saying, "There go my warts!" every time they saw a garbage truck or a trashcan, but it is not clear whether such anecdotal reports should be taken as evidence of the power of autosuggestion. The ability to fight sicknesses and infections, as well as many other things, shows that it may be a form of a placebo. Making yourself "believe" the body is curing the sickness by itself may affect what your cells and body do, although this hasn't been conclusively tested. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Sleep (disambiguation). ... Confidence is trust or faith that a person or thing is capable. ... Fear is an emotional response to impending danger, that is tied to anxiety. ... Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens. ... Old book bindings at the Merton College library. ... This article is about the medical term. ... An infection is the detrimental colonization of a host organism by a foreign species. ... Physical Features of the Human Body The human body is the entire physical structure of a human organism. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... A wart is generally a small, rough tumor, typically on hands and feet, that can resemble a cauliflower or a solid blister. ... For other uses, see Truck (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Placebo (disambiguation). ...


The same type of effect that deliberate autosuggestion may achieve can also be seen in individuals not consciously trying to program themselves through autosuggestion. The dominant thoughts that occupy a person's conscious mind, if constantly present over an extended period of time, may have the effect of training that person's subconscious mind to organize that individual's beliefs according to those thoughts. In this sense, the mechanisms of pathological fixations and obsessions to some extent resemble the process of autosuggestion. Look up obsession in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Autosuggestion is differentiated from brainwashing in that the suggestions given during the sessions originate with the individual, rather than originating with suggestions from others. Brainwashing (also known as thought reform or re-education) consists of any systematic effort aimed at instilling certain attitudes and beliefs in a person against his/her will, usually beliefs in conflict with the persons prior beliefs and knowledge. ...


Johannes Schultz developed this theory as Autogenic training. Autogenic training is a term for a relaxation technique developed by the German psychiatrist Johannes Schultz first published in 1932. ...


The British band Joy Division performed a song entitled "Autosuggestion", the lyrics of which make vague allusions to the subject, in particular the song's conclusive mantra of "lose some sleep and say you tried". Joy Division were an English rock band that formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. ...


References and external links

  • Émile Coué, La maîtrise de soi-même par l'autosuggestion consciente (Autrefois: De la suggestion et de ses applications), Société Lorraine de psychologie appliquée (1922)
  • How to perform self-hypnosis
  • The Beginners Guide To Self Hypnosis (PDF e-book)
  • Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Resources for Research and Teaching: Hypnosis and Related States Research Database
  • How to use indirect suggestions in Self-Hypnosis
  • Basic Self Hypnosis – A method of Improving Your Life (PDF e-book)

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autosuggestion - definition of autosuggestion in Encyclopedia (479 words)
Autosuggestion is a process by which an individual trains the subconscious mind to believe something, or systematically schematizes the person's own mental associations, usually for a given purpose.
Autosuggestion can be seen as an aspect of prayer, self-exhorting "pep talks," meditation, and other similar activities.
Autosuggestion is most commonly accomplished by presenting (either through caressing or bombarding) one's mind with repetitive thoughts (negative or positive), until those thoughts become internalized.
Autosuggestion - Conclusion (2405 words)
Autosuggestion is just as effective in the treatment of moral delinquencies as in that of physical ills.
Autosuggestion is a channel by which the tranquil powers of this ultimate being are raised to the level of our life here and now.
Autosuggestion is no substitute for religion; it is rather a new weapon added to the religious armoury.
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