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Human beings are amazingly resilient. Our tendencies to self-correct, withstand our difficulties, and persevere are part of our genetic heritage.
Over time, our ability to bounce back can wear thin, and when it does we may experience symptoms of depression or anxiety. To restore resilience, psychiatrist Dr. Henry Emmons offers The Resilience Model.
Dr. Emmon’s model consists of seven interlaced recovery pathways that he calls the Roots of Resilience. The first three roots involve the physical body and what it needs to thrive. Our biochemical, energetic, and rhythmic body processes are the foundation of our resilience.
The fourth and fifth roots are the two aspects of our mind: thoughts and emotions. Our feelings and thoughts, when unhealthy, cause much of our suffering. Our resilience improves by learning to do less mental and emotional harm to our self.
The final two roots have to do with our heart and soul. The pathways of love and connection can take us beyond basic bounce-back resilience to a life with less space available for stress or anxiety.
Dr. Emmon’s seven roots are a balanced and practical holistic approach to mind-body health.
Dr. Henry Emmons, The Chemistry of Calm, Touchstone, 2010.
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