Autogenic Training

A Mind-Body Approach to the Treatment of Chronic Pain Syndrome and Stress-Related Disorders, 2d ed.


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About the Book

Autogenic training consists of repeated sets of visualizations, focusing on training the mind to promote relaxation and desensitization. This approach equips patients to deal with chronic conditions, with many clinical applications, including anxiety disorders, recurring pain, and stress, among others. With a mind-over-body emphasis, this training aims to help patients gain control over their symptoms and improve coping to reduce suffering. This second edition presents practitioners with a concise exploration of autogenic technique and its clinical use for patients, especially in treating those suffering from chronic pain syndrome.

About the Author(s)

Micah R. Sadigh, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is a diplomate in Franklian Psychology/Existential Analysis, and holds membership in the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and the American Psychosomatic Society.
Elaine A. Moore has worked in hospital laboratories for more than 30 years, primarily in immunohematology and toxicology. She is a freelance medical writer and laboratory consultant. For more information, visit her website at She lives in Sedalia, Colorado.

Bibliographic Details

Micah R. Sadigh. Series Editor Elaine A. Moore
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 275
Bibliographic Info: 6 photos, 14 graphs, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7073-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0117-5
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Health Topics

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 5

Part I: Theoretical Aspects of

Chronic Pain and Stress

 1. The Dimensions of Pain Syndrome: A Brief Review of the Literature 13

 2. Stress and Pain 30

 3. Methods of Stress Management 43

Part II: History and Principles of Autogenic Training

 4. History and Basic Principles 57

 5. Medical and Psychological Screening 64

 6. Requirements for Achieving the Autogenic State 69

Part III: The Standard and Advanced Exercises and Clinical Applications of Autogenic Training

 7. The Preliminary Exercises 83

 8. The First Standard Exercise: Heaviness 91

 9. The Second Standard Exercise: Warmth 105

10. The Third Standard Exercise: Heart 116

11. The Fourth Standard Exercise: Respiration 126

12. The Fifth Standard Exercise: Abdominal Warmth 137

13. The Sixth Standard Exercise: Forehead Cooling 150

14. Advanced Autogenic Training 161

15. Autogenic Training and Biofeedback 180

16. Sleep, Insomnia, and Pain 186

17. Autogenic Neutralization as Psychophysiological Psychotherapy 200

18. Autogenic Training and Autogenic Abreaction as Treatments for Post-Traumatic Nightmares 213

19. Autogenic Training as Palliative Care 223

20. Questions and Answers 234

Appendix A: The Autogenic Pain and Tension Checklists (Forms A and B) 241

Appendix B: The Autogenic Training Progress Index 246

References 247

Index 259

Book Reviews & Awards

Reviews of the first edition: “a well-researched and detailed clinical guide, Autogenic Training is a valuable resource for anyone who works with chronic pain patients”—Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotheraphy; “Autogenic Training has much to recommend it. Micah R. Sadigh has written a book that offers a promising treatment for a difficult to manage illness and it is a book that is so skillfully written it is a joy to read”—Townsend Letters for Doctors and Patients; “Sadigh provides a comprehensive guide to autogenic training’s uses in treating fibromyalgia and chronic conditions”—Midwest Book Review.