Episode #106- Extinction Bursts


Today’s topic is about part of the normal mind-body healing process- extinction bursts.

When you are starting to experience some success with healing, one thing that can commonly happen is a resurgence of pain in an old area or a completely new pain.

Dr Sarno called this the “symptom imperative.”

In “The Way Out” by Alan Gordon, they call it an extinction burst because of a study with a rat receiving food through a lever.  

When the lever broke, the rate started pressing more urgently and quickly before the behavior of pressing the button extinguished.

If you have an extinction burst, there are 3 common stages 1- panic, 2- forcing it, and 3- oh this is how it works!

Listen to this episode for more, and trust the process- extinction bursts are a good thing because it means the signal will soon become extinct!


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