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Any two people could meet for the first time and within thirty seconds and the exchange of a few words, could be made to cry, laugh or reach for their blood pressure medication.
It is no different to say that with thirty seconds and a few words, we can help one another to lower our blood pressure, relieve pain, and calm a nervous heart-even save a life.
In The Worst Is Over:
*Find out about Iatrogenic illness, or illness that is induced by the doctor with only a few thoughtless words, and how you can counteract it yourself.
*Learn what you can say to your loved ones when they are sick, injured, or frightened that not only can help them through the crisis, but actually begin the healing process and possibly save a life.
*Discover how four simple words can help turn a crisis around.
*See how simple and effective Verbal First Aid is and why firefighters, police, doctors and nurses all over the world are turning to the most important healing tool of all: their words.
This wonderful comment on Verbal First Aid was posted on Goodreads:
Beth Pearce‘s review
Actually, I just re-read this book, which I first read in 2005 for job-related purposes. Re-reading it for practical, daily purposes enriched it for me. I love this book.
I have this childhood story that I carry around about my sister getting her finger caught in the blender. Out of 3 family members watching, one started screaming, one started running up and down the stairs and my other sister unplugged the machine. Yes, we were all young, but our initial responses to an event say a lot about our reactions to situations and carry forward in life. Have you felt you heart rate go up, or flushed in the face, or that you are holding your breath in reaction to someone’s verbal aggressiveness? All of these reactions are embodied and affect our health on all levels. That is the basic premise of this book. While it systematically addresses situations of first aid, caregiving and even dying and how our choice of words directly influences the situation, it is excellent for use in our daily lives. So, the next time I am panicking about a situation, I’m going to recite to myself that the worst is already over.