Why People Don't Heal and How They Can by Caroline Myss

Why People Don't Heal and How They Can

A bold account of the development of human consciousness and spirituality over the ages and an examination of the dynamic global transformation of attitudes about healing.For more than fifteen years, Caroline Myss has studied why some people heal, while others do not. In her previous book, Anatomy of the Spirit, Dr. Myss illuminated the hidden interactions of belief and body, soul and cell to show how, as she inimitably puts it, "your biography...

Details Why People Don't Heal and How They Can

TitleWhy People Don't Heal and How They Can
Release DateSep 23rd, 1998
GenreHealth, Spirituality, Self Help, Nonfiction, Psychology, Personal Development, New Age, Religion, Medical, Philosophy, Metaphysics

Reviews Why People Don't Heal and How They Can

  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    A lot of chakras-related stuff.
  • Jeanne
    Myss had done us all a huge service by spotlighting our tendency to use our illnesses, traumas, and injuries as mechanisms to get close to others and to be excused from certain behaviors. A period of mourning should be "a boat to cross the river," she says, but too often we don't get off on the other side. We live in the past because "we are more afraid of change than we are of death." The final story she tells on side two of the second tape illu...
  • Kyra
    Caroline Myss, in the day when she was still boasting her bogus PhD in "Energy Medicine" from a unaccredited university. One of the greatest problems with this book is that it is a distant memory to Caroline Myss, who is busily promoting her latest creation, Entering the Castle, which focuses on prayer and grace. In Castle, Myss' focus is the notion of grace. She does not believe that everyone will receive grace and deliverance from disease, and ...
  • Jeff Maziarek
    This is a very good starter book for anyone beginning an exploration of the entire concept of "healing." Here is a really insightful passage from it:“Our drug-filled society maintains that most physically and psychologically painful conditions should be medicated away. Television commercials support the use of painkilling remedies for headaches, backaches, and every other symptom imaginable. Undeniably, chronic pain is a serious handicap to liv...
  • Yaaresse
    Caroline Myss could be a brilliant intuitive or a complete charlatan looking for the next buck from the self-help groupies. As far as this book goes, I really don't care. This book has a point that is refreshingly stark and candid: people are so much in love with what they get out of being __________ (fill in that blank with whatever illness, label or condition is trending at the moment) that they would rather be sick than get well. Think that's ...
  • Liaken
    The first third or so of the book is about a concept the author calls "woundology." This is a fascinating aspect of the book, which I have re-read a couple of times. She talks about the reasons why people would hold on to their wounds rather than letting them heal. Power dynamics are explained with excellent examples of real people.The second part of the book is all about chakra clearing exercises. I tried some of them, one of them was good for g...
  • M. Joseph Murphy
    I first saw Myss on Oprah in what feels like another lifetime (figuratively speaking). She slams a bunch of the new age flimflam as ridiculous and tells you to get real. You channel the archangel Gabriel? Really now. Grow up. She also thinks it's ridiculous when people say they control their own reality without putting the work in. Enlightenment is not for sale at your local crystal shop but it is possible. Healing is possible, even miraculous he...
  • Magic Mary Austin
    The first part discusses "woundology" which I found interesting and right on track, however, most have already known people who identify themselves by their wounds. We recognized it and didn't miss giving it a name.The rest of the books discusses concepts and exercises that Myss uses in her workshops. Apparently it has value when you experience it, but all the members of my book group agreed that reading it was just boring.
  • Allyson
    Very interesting read. I enjoyed it and found the information helpful, but it was a new frontier for me, basically being ignorant about chakras, Chinese medicine, energy and such. I agreed with much of what was presented, and have read several of Myss' books. I like what she has to say, even if some it seems a little 'out there.'
  • Nancy Dardarian
    Felt outdated and wordy and I'd forgotton how much she talks about God. But I liked the part on Woundology and people who refuse to heal because they like being defined by their wounds. That was good.
  • Lynda
    I found the first part of the book confusing and not at all believable. Most of the rest of the book was about chakras which I studied back in the 80s during what I call my seeker phase. I found them helpful for stress, but not something I could maintain long enough to reach full healing.
  • Tamar
    As a pro athletic & physical rehab trainer, I have dealt with some clients whose actual physical issues are healed - yet their pain persists. Goal in listening to this was to better understand "Woundology" in general population clients (aka non-pro/ameteur athletes often "lifestyle" clients with obesity issues.) They will constantly argue and push-back on making healing, strength and coordination gains. Highly recommend parts 1 & 2 for teachers, ...
  • Lynne Fisher
    Wow, this is a very rich book full of observations and insights and interweaving theories from the astrological ages, seven sacraments, and the chakras, which had my mind bending to make connections one would think were impossible. In this sense it is impressive. I found the first two parts of the book the most engaging and useful, namely the exploration of how people can define themselves by their physical or psychological 'wounds' or by their n...
  • Meg Kimball
    I read this book several years ago, maybe around 2011. It's very offensive. Myss postulates that some people cling to the bad things in their past in order to manipulate those around them and play the victim. She uses a survivor of incest as an example. I have to wonder if Myss has experienced anything of that magnitude in her life. Because if not, she has no right to claim superiority. I've experienced abuse in my life. (No specifics.) I have fl...
  • Bonnie Atkinson
    In the last 30 years I've read my share of alternative healing books and this is the first that almost completely matches the way I think. She begins with a section on "woundology," which is something I've noticed too (being unhealed provides benefits for some people and they have chosen that path, so even though they may express the desire to heal, in fact it is the last thing they want and we need to quickly understand that to make choices abou...
  • Mary Karpel-Jergic
    A worthwhile read for an understanding of wholistic healing with a focus on transforming thoughts around illness & disease. Bottom line; we need to forgive and move on with our life.Myss uses transformation through illness (a time-honoured spiritual theme) and provides ways in which to perceive our experiences from an energy perspective. It's quite a complex book as Myss aligns a number of different theories to explore and understand common respo...
  • Denisse
    I am not sure what to make of this book. It felt so inauthentic. It seemed as though every anecdote she provided was too perfect, too staged. As much as I wanted to believe what she was saying, I couldn't do that based on the evidence she provided. I honestly didn't get to the actual "program" part because I was so put off by her initial discussion. She seems to condemn people with cancer, saying that their disease is the fault of unaddressed fee...
  • Alexis
    At first, I was conflicted. I wasn't sure what to think of this book - not due to the content matter but rather Dr Myss' lens from privilege. But then I gave her a shot and by the final three chapters, I was glad I picked the book back up. The exercises and the layman's terms in which she explains complex theories of comparative religion really make a sense and would make those just starting out in their exploration of alternative spirituality fe...
  • Sabkymom
    As an alternative health professional, this was a very interesting read. It touched upon many issues I have observed while treating patients. While it provides a great explanation of how our biographies become our biology, the majority of the book focuses on the role of the chakra system in illness. I'm open to this philosophy but am also open to many others, both Western and Eastern. It is a great resource for a specific perspective on health an...
  • Nancy Mramor-Kajuth
    When we think of getting well, we often think of going to a doctor or taking medicine. But Myss asks the question of whether our emotional blocks are at the root of our illnesses. As the author of Spiritual Fitness, I know that we can contribute in powerful ways to our own healing through the removal and understanding of blocks to our healing. Personal acceptance and transformation are at the root of all healing and Myss offers a thorough explana...
  • Keli Wright
    WOW...this book this lady IDK...like she promotes things like leaving your spouse and family to "find yourself" and all this other really wierd out there stuff and restates and rephrases a lot of the stuff that is in Anatomy of the spirit... I had to search but there were some good things in there..
  • Cassio
    This book teaches several methodologies behind healing. It is useful, and I will probably read it again.edit: I want to note that I have moved on from this kind of affirmation or energy-based healing, and found mindfulness, yoga nidra, supplementation with a regimen, and regular medical care to be more useful.
  • Johnna
    I thought this book was instrumental in showing "alternative" avenues for healing. Probably not for everyone's taste, because it challenges conventional medicine, but a very well-thought out and researched book by a prominent doctor who leads the way in the body, mind, spirit connection to health. I recommend it heartily.
  • Kimber
    A primer on the process of healing being "not a process with an ending" from a spiritual point of view. Includes info on chakras, the precessions of the quinoxes and what the process of healing demands of us. I think it is a mistake that she doesn't include karma as being sometimes a factor in illnesses. I would recommend this as an introductory guide.
  • M
    Anthropologically she hits on some points that speak to our humanity. But I found some errors in her perception or I should say I am not in agreement an I don't like "well I knew this lady once blah blah blah
  • Tammy O'keefe
    This is a very interesting read with a unique perspective on the link between the Chakras and the Christian Sacraments. This book gave me a lot of tools to use to build my spirituality and help me be a healthier person.