Patients need to understand what is wrong

At the outset of treatment, patients need to know and understand what is wrong with them. They will only have confidence in the treatment if they can be shown why they are sick, what the causes of their symptoms are, and how they can be cured. This is not the usual kind of diagnosis, limited to a vague explanation like "It's a nervous disorder" which has so often discouraged them in the past. Patients feel very encouraged when they are helped to understand what they could not figure out for themselves.

We could not carry out a program of re-education if patients were ignorant of the causes of their illness. And it usually isn't difficult to pinpoint the faults in their cerebral mechanism, and the way insufficient control affects their behavior.

So we begin by explaining passivity in its different forms, and then go on to the treatment - conscious and voluntary actions.

These actions must be repeated as frequently as possible during the course of the day. They constitute an effective training program, and are an excellent way to develop discipline.

At the same time, we begin with the first concentration exercises:

1. Concentrating on different parts of the body.

2. Concentrating on an infinity curve.

3. Concentrating on the number 1.

These exercises should be done for an average of ten minutes, every two hours.

As soon as patients are able to do these exercises well enough, we proceed with the re-education of willpower, as described in Chapter 10.

These stages constitute the first part of the treatment. When they are completed, i.e. when patients are able to modify their cerebral functions through the exercise of willpower, concentration and/or conscious action, the real struggle begins. They must now attempt to modify all passive states using these techniques, in order to reduce or eliminate all their symptoms.

All results, whether positive or negative, must be noted and analyzed, since it is this personal experience that will enable their confidence to grow. Patients have to convince themselves that they can get better - the treatment is based on what they do, and not on what they are told.

Despite the best intentions, patients will rarely make regular, steady progress. They should be warned that there will always be periods of relapse which, however, can be very useful, since it is during these periods that they learn to use the tools they have been given, and gain valuable experience.

As a follow-up to the initial concentration exercises, we proceed with the various exercises on elimination and de-concentration, and then on concentrating on the concept of thought itself.

Lastly, we search for abnormal thoughts, abnormal cerebral functions, and clich├ęs. This gives you a general idea of the treatment pro cedure, which can be modified according to the specific needs of individual patients.

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