“What’s Behind Your Belly Button? explains what your gut feelings are actually capable of telling you about your inner instinctive needs, how to listen to the voice of your gut, and how to use both of your brains—head and gut—to work together for your optimal health and well-being. Although numerous books and articles have recently talked about the gut instincts as valuable in giving us useful hunches in the decision-making process, “What’s Behind Your Belly Button?” goes much further and explains how gut feelings not only have a psychological intelligence of their own, but are also understandably rational in their functioning and reflect in their own voice how well the two instinctive human needs of acceptance and of control of one’s own responses in our lives are being met.
Since Dr. Michael Gershon, M.D., published in 1999 his revolutionary medical findings that demonstrated that the gut has an intelligence of its own and called it the “Second Brain”, people have been examining their guts with growing interest in trying to understand their gut feelings. We explore the questions many people have of the second brain and the ENS in a new Gut Psychology, and how to use both your head and gut brains to work together for a healthy life. Our book is written in a narrative style that allows for the reader to understand the experience within themselves of having two brains and it makes thinking of the human being with these two brains become truly understandable for the first time.
While we make this material easy to understand, the psychological explanations of gut intelligence and instincts in this book are comprehensive, well-researched, and based upon clinical studies with hundreds people in our counseling. Utilizing the research of Dr. Gershon, the work of Dr. Lise Eliot who charts the development of children from conception through the first five years of life, recent research of their own in the Psychology Department at Sonoma State University, and their vast clinical experience in career counseling and psychometry, we have presented an interpretation of recent medical research into a new revolutionary understanding of gut instincts and a more accurate behavioral understanding of the Self and human nature than has previously been available.
This book is recommended for anyone looking for a hopeful view of humankind and a method for getting in touch with gut instincts to reduce stress, cope with fear and anxiety, deal with health issues and make efforts to stay healthy, and to increase optimal problem-solving and life-decision making abilities. It is a book that would be useful for general audience readers as a self-help book, as well as for scholars of psychology, education, neurology, medicine, and business organizational leadership interested in the well-being of healthy decision-making and the human condition.
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We have coauthored this book: Martha Char Love, MA in Educational Psychology, MA in Depth (Analytical) Psychology, PMA in Art Therapy; and Robert W. (Bob) Sterling, BSEE in Electrical Engineering, MRE in Religious Education.
While working as colleagues together at Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida, in the 1970s, we accepted the tasks of teaching and operating a Career Guidance and Assessment Program (Career GAP) that served both the community college students and as a storefront for the general population. Martha had experienced the impact of growing up in the South in the ‘50s and early ‘60s, and came equipped with a degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a license in School Psychology. Bob was raised in Northern Ohio, carrying the direct impact of WWII in Europe, with an Electrical Engineering degree, a Masters in Religious Education, and Industrial experience in Electronics. The convergence of our two personalities and experiences of our own personal traumas enabled us to critically look at and question what was happening in counseling methodology, particularly when dealing with a wide variety of social problems. It is from this initial work that this book is based.
Since that time and for the past 35 years, both of us have continued to work and study independently in the field of education and psychology, always exploring the awareness of the instinctual gut response and how this awareness might paint a new image of human nature. In 2005, we began sharing our independent studies and new clinical research work together once again (thanks to the internet and email). With Dr. Michael Gershon’s recent neurological breakthrough identifying the gut brain, we were inspired to write this book as an account of our life’s work exploring the psychology of gut intelligence, and what that means about human nature and the future of our species.