War and The Ostrich Syndrome

by Charles Wm. Skillas, PhD, DD, BCH, CI, FNGH, MCCHt

Many of my clients and some famous people, like Cher, are completely ignoring the war with Iraq because they disagree with it or can't emotionally handle the trauma of war. Is this good for their emotional health?

Being at war is stressful because of the uncertainty it engenders within us regarding our own security. Apprehension about reprisals against the American people by extremists, negative effects on the economy, concerns for people losing loved ones in the war and a host of other disquieting elements can add to our overall stress level. If this level is already high because of negative forcing functions already imbedded in our subconscious minds, the added stress of the war can tilt us into illness, both emotional and physical.

Some people choose to cope with this added stress by simply pretending that the war doesn't exist and wall themselves off from the reality of what's going on by consciously burying their heads in the sand as the ostrich does when it doesn't want to see what's going on in it's reality. As the war goes on, this approach becomes increasingly more difficult to maintain because of the inundation of media news and the interests of other people who are glued to their TV's watching what is happening.

Whether we like it or not, life goes on with or without our participation. If you choose to not involve yourself, you may, at least on the surface, keep your stress down…maybe. But, does disregarding reality really protect you from stress? I think not!

In building our wall of self-protection, at some level of consciousness we still know what is going on. We cannot truly divorce ourselves from reality no matter how deeply we bury our heads in the sand. The uneasiness is always still there, the fear is still there and so the stress is still there, albeit concealed temporarily by our avoidance behavior. We cannot truly escape the stress and it is, most assuredly, affecting us.

It is far better to accept reality and the stress of life openly and deal with it. If your stress level is already too high, then find a good hypnotherapist who can help you uncover and release the stressor sources buried in your subconscious and accept ongoing reality as it unfolds. We learn and grow by accepting actuality and not hiding from it. This makes us stronger as we overcome adversity in life and release our deeply imbedded stress sources within. After all, we are adults and not children. We don't have to live in a never-never land of deluding fantasy for protection. Instead, grasp life for what it is, solve your problems and become stronger and wiser. This process is called maturing.


This article is intended for general informational purposes
and does not provide medical, psychological, or other professional advice.


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