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The Compassionate Intentions of Illness Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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What I particularly like about the book is that the authors have put forward a very positive view. It is mainly concerned with the various forms of physical illness and views these as creative developments which the person produces as a substitute for the deep hurts and traumas of the true selfA" which are too painful to be faced directly and therefore the psychological purpose of the illness is to draw attention to what the person really needs. --Professor Ivor Browne was Professor of Psychiatry at University College, Dublin and Chief Psychiatrist of the Eastern Health Board.
About the Author
Dr. Tony Humphreys is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Author and National and International Speaker. He is the author of twelve best-selling books including The Power of 'Negative'Thinking. Dr.Helen Ruddle is a Counselling Psychologist and researcher who has published widely in the field of Social Policy.
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This book describes in a very well written and down to earth fashion how those neglected parts of ourself, those aspects of self that at times are literally and metaphorically "crying" out for attention, creatively resort to illness and "dis-ease" as a means of getting what it would not otherwise receive, namely, love and attention. As the title of this book indicates, illness always has a compassionate intention. Its intention is to make us aware of how we are not meeting the real needs of the self, how we are barking up the wrong tree, so to say.
A key message here is that prevention is much better than cure. How appropriate in these difficult financial times.
This book is written from the heart as well as the head.