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Dr. Budd presents the principles of this powerful, scientifically validated program, which weaves together ancient and modern insights into human behavior, neurophysiology, language, and spirituality. Indeed, you are what you say; your words play a major role in determining, not just reflecting, your health and well-being. Identifying the "Ten Linguistic Viruses" that damage health, Dr. Budd shows how to combat the ravages of anger, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, and many chronic-stress related ailments by changing what you say to yourself and others.
For example, you'll learn to communicate more effectively through Requests (and get the other person to commit to a response); Promises you can honor (by not pledging more than you can deliver); Declarations (to inform others of your true feelings); Assessments (in which you make judgments); and Assertions (statements for which you can provide evidence).
Tests at the beginning of the book help you assess how your thoughts and feelings are affecting your health. Each chapter introduces a key principle of Dr. Budd's program supported by real-life examples, followed by exercises proven to help readers put principles into action. Tests at the end will help you see how much your health, with your language, has improved.
"Why are you sick?" This question, posed in compassion by his grandmother Minnie after a childhood incident plunged him into illness, stayed with Dr. Matthew Budd throughout his lifetime in medicine. As a teacher and physician at Harvard for more than thirty years, he repeatedly asked his patients this question. He found, remarkably, that it often unlocked memories, secrets, anger, resentments, and fears that had played crucial roles in their illnesses. As he encouraged them to reflect on their lives and habitual behavior, his patients often shifted from being trapped in suffering to designing a life of wellness and profound personal change for themselves, no matter what their circumstances. Their experiences led Dr. Budd to develop the Ways to Wellness program, a nationally acclaimed workshop offered by numerous HMOs.
InYou Are What You Say, Dr. Budd presents the principles of this powerful, scientifically validated program that weaves ancient and modern insights into human behavior, neurophysiology, language, and spirituality. One of these fundamental principles is that you are what you say -- your words play a major role in determining, not just reflecting, your health and well-being. He explains how the body "learns" many of its reactions, consciously and unconsciously, through language. By following the principles in this book, you'll learn about the Ten Linguistic Viruses that damage health and how to combat the ravages of anger, perfectionism, depression, and anxiety by changing the script of what you say to yourself and to others."