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    “Do I contradict myself?
    Very well then I contradict myself,
    (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

    Walt Whitman in Song of Myself
    It finally arrived yesterday. It was preceded by two radio interviews with the author and I heard them both this week, one on Fresh Air and the other on To the Best of Our Knowledge.

    Incognito sums up what we currently know about how unconscious processes rule our behavior well beyond anything imagined by those who try to choreograph, coach, cheerlead and instruct others. That would be us, the therapy professions.

    Science has established that enormous amounts of neurologic activity accompanies our every thought and move. This Eagleman refers to as “a storm we are completely unaware of though it rages within us.”

    My question: How do we enter that storm and allow it to inform us while helping the patient? Wouldn’t that be the most rational form of therapy?

    Much more about this book in future posts.
    Last edited by Barrett Dorko; 23-11-2013, 02:19 PM.
    Barrett L. Dorko

  • #2
    Looks great!

    Reminds me of a book with some similar themes, The Invisible Gorrilla, which I recently listened to instead of reading ( It's by the psychologists responsible for the original (famous) invisible gorilla experiment, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. Since then they've gone on to do a lot more research about weird cognitive distortions. A strong theme of the book is that there is a very great deal going on in our noggins that is not intuitively evident, and that consciousness is an incredibly fragmented representation of reality.

    What's so great about the book is that it's so empirical. They're not just speculating! They draw their conclusions from a parade of bizarre and yet concrete experimental results. It's a bit dizzying.


    • #3
      I like Moseley and Butler's analogy to an out of sync orchestra with respect to those in pain, but "storm" works, too.

      Although, I'd like to think I can "conduct" a concert more effectively than the weather.
      John Ware, PT
      Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
      "Nothing can bring a man peace but the triumph of principles." -R.W. Emerson
      “If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot
      be carried on to success.” -The Analects of Confucius, Book 13, Verse 3


      • #4
        Certainly, all of this gives credence to :

        " Stress is when you are leading someone else' life".

        Since Simple Contact Vancouver, I have mentioned, demonstrated or used Simple Contact to elicit ideomotoric movement in every one of my sessions. The patients completely get it.

        They are begging for some kind of respite from the Storm within.
        Carol Lynn Chevrier LMT
        " The truth is, people may see things differently. But they don't really want to. '' Don Draper.


        • #5
          Carol Lynn,

          I really like what you've said here. I recall hearing a poet once say that when a poem compelled her to write; "It was as if a freight train were headed my way." She felt as if she must put down the thought in order to avoid it. I said the same of my father's poetry and I know I feel similarly.

          "Respite from the storm" sounds like another wonderful way of describing what some ideomotion within a therapeutic context might feel like to so many who have an experience of pain that (as the philosopher says) "is the end result of plans thwarted and hopes dashed." It also sounds like a pretty good title for something. I intend to steal it.

          I'm also glad to hear you've taken the work to the east coast of Canada with you. It belongs with you. Pass it around.
          Barrett L. Dorko


          • #6
            I was able to contact a "personal assistant" of the author, telling him of the interest here and got this reply:

            Very kind of you! I will let Dr. Eagleman know!
            I find it interesting that there's nothing about ideomotion in this book. What do you suppose that means?
            Barrett L. Dorko


            • #7
              David Eagleman participated in an hour long interview with the Commonwealth Club of California. It's a great interview replete with examples from David.

              You can listen here or you can find their podcast in iTunes.
              "I did a small amount of web-based research, and what I found is disturbing"--Bob Morris


              • #8


                some really good points...wish i could convey this enthusiasm by Eagleman! Some v relevant points on sport,motor mastery --(makes me think about the obsessive isolated motor education in some aspects of rehab) The stuff on memory and arousal relevant and I like his image of the brain as finger print ie they are totally unique.



                • #9
                  irony .......

                  Jon , back to the broadcast ......At 50 minutes someone asks about mindfulness and the power of meditation . He says he thinks its a good idea but has no time . How many times have I heard this!


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ian s View Post
                    Jon , back to the broadcast ......At 50 minutes someone asks about mindfulness and the power of meditation . He says he thinks its a good idea but has no time . How many times have I heard this!
                    Yes, "I have no time" seems to be code for:

                    1.) I don't value it as much as other things
                    2.) I don't think it really delivers what it purports (but I think it's a good idea anyway!)
                    3.) I have low confidence in my ability to perform the task

                    To be mindful doesn't seem like it takes extra time. Rather, it seems more like a habit one develops. Although it may take time to develop the habit, it isn't something that someone needs to set aside a block of time to practice. Meditation on the other hand does seem to require people to set aside a block of time to practice. How much time do you suppose it takes?
                    "I did a small amount of web-based research, and what I found is disturbing"--Bob Morris


                    • #11

                      Jon , I read and follow some of this . Most people could find ten minutes?