What are you giving attention to?
During the past few weeks I have had a few interesting patients to remind me of the profound effect the mind has on the body. This connection has been known, if not understood, for many years.
Within the medical framework, doctors have recognised the typical type ‘A’ patient. The personality and character of these patients causes them to be very high performance orientated. They can be workaholics with a tendency to be critical of other people’s efforts, believing that only they can do the job properly. They have a tendency to get high blood pressure, stomach ulcers and heart attacks. They are usually male, but, as women enter more and more into the workplace, many women can also be seen to become type ‘A’ patients.
These people are not easy to live with. They can be as demanding on their friends and family as they are on themselves. They push their demands and desires through, regardless. To help these people to slow down is no easy task. They often become high achievers to overcome a deep sense of inadequacy. They feel worthy as long as they can perform or deliver on the material level, often surrounding themselves with the outward signs of their hard work in good homes, cars, their children at good schools.
Not all people who are achievers are as self destructive as type ‘A’. There are many successful people who have learnt to be balanced in their approach to life and their expectations of themselves. They know how to pace themselves, excelling in their profession, while they will make the time to smell the roses.
He was a well-dressed, neat young man. His face was open and friendly. “I suffer with chronic high blood pressure”, he said. “I am having to take more and more medication which is causing many side effects, without much success in controlling the condition.” He said this with a type of apologetic smile, as if he was to blame that the medication was not controlling the blood pressure. ”You have been recommended. Maybe you can help me, I hope.” He smiled a wide, warm smile as he concluded his sentence.