Review of: The Instinct To Heal
Curing Stress, Anxiety and Depression Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy
by David Servan-Schreiber, M.D.,Ph.D.
Review by C.S. Clarke, Ph.D.
I have a number of good things I want to say about the book The Instinct To Heal. So many, in fact, that it has taken several days to make this review short enough to be appropriate for a website. Finally I just decided to say I recommend it highly because:
For any individual, the entire book is a wonderful contribution to the literature on stress and stress-related disorders, including heart disease, panic and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and much more.
- It is an excellent descriptive summary of research, rationale and practice of seven important mind-body modalities in "alternative/complementary medicine."
- It well illustrates those modalities and makes them lay-person-accessible through apt anecdotes and interesting case studies.
- It belongs as a review on this site not only because of the close association of health and human performance, but also because of the immediate applicability of some of the methods to management communication improvement.
For management and H.R., it holds a bonus. The author's explanation of the "cognitive brain" and the "emotional brain" and their respective functions and values is so clear, basic and understandable that it alone is worth the price of the book. And his ability to tie that information to how to communicate directly and effectively with the "emotional brain" to get results pays you back ten times over for your time and attention. Particularly because the type of communication you learn can greatly reduce your stress and that of your employees. Especially on subjects with high emotional content or impact.
In addition, his extensive list of references and resources is simply priceless.
BUT WAIT! He also has a website that introduces you to the material, expands the usefulness of the book and keeps those references and resources updated. You'll find it at http://instincttoheal.org .