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The Neuropsychotherapist Special Issues are anthologies of articles that have been published in the monthly magazine The Neuropsychotherapist.

This special issue is all about the heart… A wonder of complexity is the human being—something that continues to be a source of fascination and frustration for those of us who have set ourselves to understand human behaviour. This special issue focuses on the heart, an organ with a profound influence over our mental lives.

We are all familiar with the heart in its classical biological role as pump circulating vital oxygenated blood through the body. But how many are versed in its neural and bioelectromagnetic influence upon our brains? Research has revealed the heart even radiates an influence on those around us via electromgnetic fields. In the past such claims might have been dismissed as mere New Age fancy, but with ever more sophisticated and sensitive instruments, formal studies in recent years have demonstrated that our bodies have amazing multidimensional fields of awareness and influence. These findings about the heart continue to add weight to the argument that in the counselling room it is the therapist’s unconditional positive regard, warmth, and personal coherence more than any technique that make for effective therapy. It makes one wonder what the focus of training should be for new therapists—will courses become more focused on students developing personal coherence, practising attitudes of genuine care and compassion, and understanding what they are radiating to clients from their hearts?

Neuropsychotherapy, and the multidisciplinary integration that it stands for, is part of an important paradigm shift in medicine. Likewise, the focus on matters heart–brain in this issue reflects an important shift of understanding in the broader field of health. The study of any one bodily system—even the central nervous system in the case of psychologists—leaves us in the dark on many levels for many phenomena. It is my hope that you will come to appreciate the wonderful, so often implicit influence the heart has on our emotions and relationships, and that we will become more conscious of being authentic and coherent—for our clients and also for ourselves.

Contents
Why the Heart is Much More Than A Pump
Paul J. Rosch ………………………………………………………………………………..1
The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Interactions Within and Between People
Rollin McCraty……………………………………………………………………………14
Hidden Therapeutic Dialogue: Decoding the Language of the Human Heart
James J. Lynch …………………………………………………………………………….49
Good-Heartedness is Good for Your Heart
Richard Hill………………………………………………………………………………..71
Heart-Brain Neurodynamics: The Making of Emotions
Rollin McCraty……………………………………………………………………………76
The Unexpected Interdependence of Heart and Mind
Haley Peckham………………………………………………………………………….111
Heartmath: Interview With Rollin McCraty, PhD
David Van Nuys………………………………………………………………………..119
Spotlight: Myron Ross Thurber
Myron Thurber………………………………………………………………………….137
Listen Closely: Hearing Your Heartsongs
Jennifer Lipski……………………………………………………………………………140
Heart Health and Brain Health
Archibald Bower………………………………………………………………………..146
The Heart: King of Organs
Abdullah A. Al Abdulgader………………………………………………………..149

 

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