autogenic training

variants: or less commonly autogenic relaxation

Definition of autogenic training

: a self-relaxation technique that involves silently repeating one or more statements intended to produce a relaxed feeling of bodily warmth and heaviness and to foster a state of physical and emotional calmness Another reliable relaxer is autogenic training, a kind of self-programming that creates the relaxation response through suggestion. For example, if you simply repeat to yourself, "my limbs feel heavy and warm," your body soon responds accordingly.— Lonny J. Brown Autogenic training, a series of meditative techniques designed to quell anxiety in stressful situations may initially seem like New Age quackery, but it's hard to argue with its effectiveness.— Jesse Harlan Alderman

called also autogenics

First Known Use of autogenic training

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autogenic training

after German autogenes Training

Note: The term and technique were introduced by the German psychiatrist Johannes Heinrich Schultz (1884-1970) in Das autogene Training (Leipzig, 1932) and other publications.

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“Autogenic training.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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