Author Archives: Jerry and Debbie Sheridan

Surgical Preparation: Specific Details.

Recently we have been writing posts about preparing patients for surgery. Benefits can be mental, but our focus has been on learning mind-focused ways to improve patient’s physical reactions during and after surgery. We found that many published studies indicate … Continue reading

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Powers of the Mind 2 : Preparation for Surgery

In our last post we discussed the case of a woman who volunteered to take a drug that has many of the same effects that are produced by adrenalin, the “fight or flight response.” A central feature of this response … Continue reading

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The Powers of the Mind 1

There is a graph that has stayed alive in Jerry’s mind for decades. It was in a study designed to see what happens if a person is given gradual increases in the dosage of isoproterenol, a drug that imitates adrenaline, … Continue reading

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Loving Kindness Meditation: A Practice That May Increase Your Altruism

In our previous post, which was about the Harvard Grant Study, we mentioned that altruism was one of a handful of characteristics associated with good a successful life. We didn’t do much with the topic until Debbie wrote a post … Continue reading

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Tips on Resilient Aging 3

  (Note: we are dealing with a long chain of  technological failures, so this post was prepared on our iPad. Please forgive errors.)   This is the third of a series of groundbreaking studies dealing with aging that we are … Continue reading

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Tips for Resilient Aging 2

This post is our second in a short series on resilient aging. In our previous post on successful aging we discussed research indicating that a great deal of the physiological changes thought to be due to aging may be due … Continue reading

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Spirituality as a Resilience Asset: the Trapped Chilean Miners

We have not yet discussed the important resilience tool of Spirituality. This can take many forms,but is frequently expressed through ordinary religious practices. Many people rely on spirituality as the center of their resilience assets. Many others may call upon … Continue reading

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How to Develop Habits that Increase Resilience

Ultimately, resilience training should result in new habits that make you more resistant to stress. We have pointed out a number of times that listening to a lecture or reading an article on coping with stress is not likely to … Continue reading

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The Path to Greater Resilience: From Attitudes to Skills and to Habits.

When we discussed the Sense of Coherence in our previous post, we said that it was a match for the first factor in our three factor model of resilience. In both popular culture (e.g. Rev. Normal Vincent Peale’s “The Power … Continue reading

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What Can We Learn from Those Who Survived Deadly Stress

In this post we take a look at ways people manage to live at the outer limits of survivable stress without totally breaking down. Our rationale? If the methods have worked in the nastiest even potentially fatal settings, there is … Continue reading

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