A recent article in Newsweek “How we narrowly avoided a depression” (Robert J Samuelson – Newsweek 10/12) just caught my attention. Its business commentary but in a way, it relates so directly to our work.
Samuelson drew distinctions between 1929 and 2007-09, and talked about The Depression as one of serious economic downturn and paralyzing fear.
He adds that “a devastating loss of confidence inspires behavior that overwhelms the normal self-correcting mechanisms . . . normal anxieties are converted into abnormal fears that trigger panic”.
He’s talking about society but he might just as well be talking about human nature.
Our recent “close encounters” with recession haven’t take us into a depression. We’re not in a state of optimism, but the trauma of tomorrow doesn’t grip us with terror either. The consumer sentiment index is still weak, unemployment continues at its worst, and the specifics of recovery are tentative at best.
Progress can be slow, but, in the words of Ted Kennedy, “We carry on” and we make our way forward.
And as therapists, that is how we help our patients to heal.
Fear has such a far reaching impact – not only upon our outlook, but also upon our health. And, because of what it does to the brain, it can be self-perpetuating. Take a look at our latest video.
To learn more about the fear response, check out our mind/body programs.