Analytic Psychocatharsis

... combining meditation with science

Heart Language

A Psychoanalysis of the Heart




The author starts this book with a description of the discrepancies in modern cardiology. Just recently, cardiac surgery has sustained a relapse of coated stents. Stents introduced into coronary vessels of the heart have been used for the past twenty years, but they often become blocked by thrombosis after several months. Stents coated with anti-inflammatory medicaments were supposed to keep the vessels open for a longer period of time. But now the contrary is the case. More people die due to complications when coated stents are used.

But there aren't only discrepancies on the physical side of cardiology. The psychic situation of patients with coronary heart disease is also problematic. The Type A patient who was supposed to be the more endangered, because of his stressful and busy lifestyle, turned out to be the one who could better recover from myocardial infarction than the calmer Type B patient. So it doesn´t matter what kind of Type you are, myocardial infarction and coronary heart disease must be an illness of unknown background.

The real problem is the patient himself, and besides any estimated progresses in modern cardiology, he is asked to strive for self-prophylactic help. This cannot only be done with normal psychotherapy, sports, diet and similar exercises. Dr. Dean Ornish's attempt to reverse heart disease with such recommendations (to which he added a philosophy of 'open heart' emotions and meditation), is a step in the right direction. But it is a multiple-factor program, requiring much time and effort. He could not develop a real and scientifically created psychosomatic, or heart-language, with which anybody would be able to communicate the problems directly to the outside world and inside to the own heart.

Here the author, Dr. Günter von Hummel, recommends a simple physical and mental training to learn this language. E. Gendlin, a follower of psychoanalyst C. Rogers, formed a new approach to psychosomatic diseases. He called it Focusing. While solving problems mentally, the adept had to be oriented to a special awareness. It deals with the same awareness Freud called 'suspended attention' of the analyst while he is listening to his patient. The combination of this awareness with the mental reverberation of special formulations gives the training its sense: a kind of catharsis and an intellectual insight which helps to solve cardiac problems directly. For the practice of such exercises, also refer to my books 'Analytic Psychocatharsis' and 'Meditation / Science'.

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