Different people process their feelings in different ways–your emotional style is a fundamental aspect of who you are. It affects more than just your outlook on life; it can affect your very well-being. Many chronic ailments are not the result of germs or genes but are rooted in our emotional biology. The link between emotional type and health explains why modern medicine–which views treatment as “one size fits all” –often fails to successfully treat chronic pain and illness.
Examining the interplay of emotions, chronic illness and pain, and treatment success, Michael Jawer and Dr. Marc Micozzi reveal how chronic conditions are intrinsically linked to certain emotional types and how these ailments are best treated by choosing a healing therapy in line with your type. Explaining the emotional ties behind the 12 most common chronic illnesses–asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, post-traumatic stress disorder, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcers –the authors have created an easy assessment survey that allows you to identify your emotional type as well as the ailments you are susceptible to. Extending this connection between mind and body, they assess 7 alternative healing therapies –acupuncture, hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, yoga, guided imagery and relaxation techniques–and indicate which methods work best for each emotional type.
The Energy of Emotions
That our feelings are dynamic and energetic is easy to demonstrate. Just envision a time you became frustrated or angry and impulsively struck a wall or some piece of furniture. Or consider how drained one can become when worrying about a loved one if that person’s health takes a turn for the worse. Take the energy released from crying, or by a good belly laugh, or that liberated during sexual activity. The amount of energy involved can be immense.
We might picture one of our greatest feelings — joy — as a radiation of happy energy, out into the world, and one of our worst feelings — despair — as an inhibition of energy as the individual recedes into him or herself. That sense of movement is reflected in the word “emotion” itself, which comes from the Latin emovere, meaning “to move from” or “to move out of.” Such movement is characterized by actual changes in activity within our bodies. Changes in the body’s chemical profile…changes in the organs…changes in the degree of muscle contractions…and changes in our neural circuitry. In sum, change connotes movement, and movement connotes energy.