The Anatomy of Hope

Jerome Groopman, M.D. wrote the book Anatomy of Hope.  Here are some insights he shared in that book.

When he performs his examination and reviews results he looks for hope.  He writes, “Hope is as vital to our lives as the very oxygen that we breathe.”  The question he asks is why do some people find and hold onto hope whiles others do not.  For some their vision is blurred because they believe they are unable to have control over their circumstances.  “Helping them find hope harks back to the two elements of the emotion that Richard Davidson discussed: a cognitive, or informational one, and an affective or feeling one.  For physicians to impart hope they have to believe it themselves.”  Often other patients who can speak from personal experience are the best people to instill hope.

Dr. Groopman says that an equilibrium must be maintained between the threats and dangers and the strategies to eliminate or mitigate these threats and dangers.  Dr. Groopman says that hope is the very heart of healing.

My practice incorporates the hope that Dr. Groopman talks about as well as the laughter, mindfulness, imagery of healing that are talked about by Norman Cousins, Bernie Siegel, O. Carl Simonton, Jeanne Achterberg, Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra and many others.  My role is to help people manage or heal from their physical illnesses through dealing with the psychological variables that are part of a physical illness.  By approach is biopsychosocial and includes the spiritual aspects of a person.

For help with your healing or that of a loved one, please go to or call 310-802-4022. 

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