November 6, 2020

International Stress Awareness and The Greats

"Good psychology should include all the methodological techniques, without having loyalty to one method, one idea, or one person," ~ Abraham Maslow


In honor of International Stress Awareness, this week's PTSD and Beyond Podcast Episode, Mark Gruesbeck, MA and I cover 6 "Greats," Abraham Maslow, Hans Selye, Carl Jung, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Alan Watts, and Louise Hay.  Each of these folks bring a unique perspective on the affects of stress. We've chosen them as collectively they bring a holistic view covering affects of stress on the body, the mind, the emotions, and energy.

"It's not the stress that kills us, it's our reaction to it." ~ Hans Selye

What are some affects of stress? What can we learn from Selye's research and works? We cover nuggets of Selye's work and how Van Der Kolk continued that work and further showed how the body keeps the score.

"What you resists, persists," ~ Carl Jung

Jung further teaches us that stress is like a boomerang when we resist it persists. How do we then "let go" of stress? What can we do to resist stress?


"To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float,” – Alan Watts.

According to Watts, there's a beauty of not grabbing on and holding on to stress and including anxiety. His point is illustrated with the above quote. Just as much as we cannot grab the water, we cannot grab stress. Instead we relax and float through.


"Stress is a fear reaction to life and to life's constant changes," Louise Hay

Hay brings another value of her applied work in her book, You Can Heal Your Life, identifying affirmations linked to dis-ease and emotional distress. We provide Hays 10 affirmations bringing an additional lens into stress relief and Be-ing.


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