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Beyond the Relaxation Response: How to Harness the Healing Power of Your Personal Beliefs Mass Market Paperback – 30 Apr 1994


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.; Reprint edition (30 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425081834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425081839
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 887,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris J on 14 Jan 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Beyond the Relaxation Response", (Benson) is a follow up to his seminal work "The Relaxation Response" and offers a medics perspective on the power of belief - whether religious or otherwise - over health and illness. Lots of work has been done since, but he was early in the field, taking a team to North India where, with the encouragement of the Dalai Lama, he was able to investigate the remarkable ability of Tibetan monks to influence their own body temperatures simply by the process of deep meditation.
He then seeks to apply the insights to Western medical practice, commenting on the power of the placebo effect, and on the importance of the quality of relationship between patient and doctor.
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Fascinating as well as Practical 31 Oct 2002
By R. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Originally I read this book as a text that I chose as part of a book review assignment I had for a psychology class I was in. For some reason this book really grabbed my interest right away since he was writing about something I knew very little about.
The author describes various accounts of myths and stories of some of the amazing feats that Asian Buddhists have acheived in the past. They do things such as leaping (almost flying) great distances upon rocks, and also being able to increase their body temperatures during meditation. It's said that pious monks can be tested by wearing garments that were drenched in ice cold water, and within a short matter of time the garments would be completely dry. He decided to research these things first hand by performing experiments on their meditation techneques. He even provides the actual experimental results and conclusions from all of the various temperature readings he performed. It's interesting to hear about his interactions and impressions on the Dali Lama as well.
For a more practical usage, this book is great for anyone who wants to learn some realistic and effective step-by-step relaxation and meditation techneques.
Overall, his research is very well organized and stated enthusiastically in an informative manner. This book is valuable in terms of the cultural analysis, the scientific evidence, the psychological studies made, and the practical exercises described within.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Straight Forward and Sensible 20 Dec 2004
By C. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A good, simple read that's also entertaining. The book discusses the possible effects of adding faith to the relaxation response. It would appear that the original 'relaxation response', while good, has an even more profound impact if coupled with a persons personal belief system.
In brief: a good, useful book with easily accessible information.
66 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Beyond The relaxation Response 17 May 2000
By Paul Hobbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book relates Benson's research into the power of the mind over the body, but more importantly how to use this power.
The book starts by describing the setting of research criteria and planning a trip to Tibet/Himalayas.
In the Himalayas observations are made of monks who can perform amazing feats in controlloling the skin temperature of their body.
The last section relates to how this body control, which is now called the Relaxation Response, can be used in Western medicine.
A very good book for making readers think about their own limiting beliefs and what can be done if we challange what we believe. The book is also a must for Doctors who want to move on from traditional Western medicine and take in a more holistic approach.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Groundbreaking 1 Dec 2006
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Quite simply Herbert Benson, through the Relaxation Response and Beyond the Relaxation Response, put meditation on the map for the medical profession and for interested laymen who weren't adepts of some guru, yogi, maharishi or other spiritual master. This he did by providing an easy to follow, non-religious based program for eliciting a meditative state AND by validating the results through science. Yes, the book is a little dated now. But, if the content seems familliar, it's beacause there are so many imitators.

If you liked these books, you may also benefit from John Kabbat-Zinn's "Full Catastrophe Living" .
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Zoned Out 6 May 2007
By Deb Roundy - Published on Amazon.com
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I had read the first book on the relaxation response, but it just didn't "do it" for me. It taught me the basics but I already knew the basics. If you don't know the basics you really should read it first.

This book was awesome. I have so deepened my meditation. He encourages you to tap into your own belief system and that made such a tremendous difference in my meditation experience.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanted to learn the art of meditation.
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