Economic Crisis Brings Emotional Disturbances
‘Leading U.S.-based investment bank: Lehman Brothers (158
years old) declared bankrupt – Largest bankruptcy in world
‘Dow Jones industrial fell 777.88 – Largest drop for a single
day in U.S. history’
‘Washington Mutual Bank bought over by JP Morgan Chase –
Largest bank failure in U.S. history’
are only a few outcomes of the economic recession which have
caused world-wide panic while Americans are beginning to feel
the downfall of their well-being.
Many people are facing sleep disorders. The downfall of the
economy is one of the significant causes of stress nowadays
leading to devastating effects of one’s emotional health.
Although it is natural to feel anxiety, anger and pressure
during life’s difficult times, it becomes crippling when these
feelings form obstacles preventing you from living life
normally. In fact, a person’s emotional stress status reveals
much about their strength and capabilities during trying times.
Not many may realize how crucial emotional health is in facing
this economic crisis. Without a positive attitude, the ability
to deal with challenges faced in the present and future may be
paralyzed. Emotional strength gives an individual or
organization the ability to utilize emotions to help individuals
at solving problem and living more effective lives and the
organization at facing these economic and social changes.
‘Emotional Competencies’ equals the co-operation between the
head, heart and hands... How, you wonder?
Individuals go into three different self-protection modes when
faced with problems or challenges: FIGHT, FLIGHT or FREEZE.
FIGHT: Body system prepares for confrontation – Hyper
alert, charged with adrenalin, more aggressive.
FLIGHT: Individual prepares to escape – More anxious,
charged with adrenalin, looks for ways to escape.
FREEZE: Individual becomes wary and cautious but is
paralyzed with fear.
In summary: When a person is roused due to fear or stress, the
brain works against them by shutting down the part which helps
in thinking and dealing with the problems. It is therefore vital
to know how to deal with one’s emotions especially during this
recession in order to be successful
and to survive in the new economic era.