May 8, 2006


Last week, I started the first part of this article, on whether there is such a thing as a cancer personality. This week, I invite you to follow me in discovering if  


An important predictor of illness is the way in which individuals cope with traumatic experiences. 

What do successful people from all disciplines have in common? Are there traits and talents that they exhibit that leads to their success and good health? Research indicates that they do have such traits.

For instance, they all have high self-expectations and a strong belief in themselves. They are visionaries, whether their vision is to win an Olympic gold medal or create a corporation. The belief in what they are setting out to accomplish is clear and unwavering. I have noticed that when it comes to their health challenges, they approach them with the same commitment. Belief and trust in themselves is reflected in the discipline and effectiveness of their healing approaches.

One trait they all have in common is present-time orientation. They live in the present. This releases their mind from all concerns except the one they are facing at that moment. Approaching a specific event without the clutter of background chatter creates a positive and pragmatic mood. They face their health diagnostic with complete focus.

They have a sense of belonging and connection to other people. Social support may be the critical elements distinguishing those who remain healthy from those who become ill. Social support helps to prevent illness by maintaining a mental and physical equilibrium and thereby protecting the immune system. Positive associations, such as a supportive community and close friends and family, have been linked to better health, lower incidence of cancer, reduced risk and incidence of heart disease, and fewer and shorter hospital stays.

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A study done in Kyoto, Japan, centered on a small group of survivors from cancers usually considered incurable. The patients all told a similar story. Their reaction to the diagnosis was one of sincere gratitude for whatever life they might have remaining. The patient chose to reinterpret their crises to resolve the issues that led up to them. They were challenged by, and accepted responsibility for their situations. They completely and sincerely committed themselves to the will of God.

The key factor to sustained health in people who are healed is finding a deeper meaning to one’s life, a sense of higher purpose or spiritual values. What inspires some people to make extraordinary decisions requiring great courage at a time of a personal health crisis? Somehow, a crisis puts some people in touch with a deep inner resource, which in turn empowers them to do more with their lives. 

They are people who are able to express themselves fully, they know who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and how to fully display their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.  They also know what they want, and how to communicate what they want to others, in order to gain their cooperation and support. And they know how to achieve their goals.  They know the importance of a belief system

Norman Cousins, a survivor of cancer, and author of “Anatomy of an Illness”  had a confidence that he could determine his life’s direction and successfully overcome challenges as an adult. He had a sense of certainty.

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An individual’s reaction to a traumatic event is usually more significant than the event itself. They experience a sense of their ability to control or exert a profound influence over the course and direction of their lives, setting their journey toward personal and professional success in motion.

There are 4 common characteristics among resilient people:

1.      An active, evocative approach to solving life’s problems and challenges,

2.      A tendency to perceive their experiences constructively despite their pain and suffering,

3.      An ability from infancy to gain other people’s positive attention

4.       And a strong faith or set of spiritual values as the basis for a vision of a meaningful life.  

They manage to believe that life makes sense, that they have some control over their fate. This enables them to love despite hate, and to maintain the ability to behave compassionately toward other people.  They have a confidence that things will work out as well as can reasonably be expected and this confidence contributes to their individual belief that he or she can influence the outcome positively. 

They have the ability to transcend their short-term trauma by developing a positive attitude about the experience or its long-term consequences.  They undergo a profound change in their outlook on life.  Instead of a dramatic experience causing a breakdown, it brings forth a breakthrough to a new and deeper appreciation of themselves and others.   There is a new born self that comes out of crisis or disease but that experience of renewal can also be self-generated by a decision to transform your life.

They choose to believe that they can win over cancer, and immediately start taking control of their life, rather than submitting to the doctor’s orders.People who are generally happy are generally well. Illness doesn’t cause unhappiness any more than unhappiness causes illnesses.

Unhappiness and illnesses are states of minds, reactions to events, and are at once mutually supportive, mutually antagonistic and constantly changing.

Health is not an end. It is a means.

To Your Vibrant Health,

Dr Magne

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