Magazine article Psychology Today

On Motivating Themselves

Magazine article Psychology Today

On Motivating Themselves

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Even after 20 years of practicing medicine, London neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan ("When the Body Speaks") is still awestruck by the "amazing things" the human brain can do when we are well- creating laughter, dilating pupils in response to available light, making you tap your foot-and the "absolutely compelling" ways it can go wrong. "The mind, too, can behave and misbehave in an equally astonishing number of ways," she reports. And that, she says, is why she became a physician who not only specializes in neurology but also "sidesteps into the psychosomatic stuff." A clinician with the National Health Service, she points out that most people with epilepsy get better with treatment, but during medical training, she kept seeing people with suspected epilepsy who didn't. Through video telemetry monitoring, she discovered they didn't have epilepsy at all; they had a glitch of the mind. …

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