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The Epidemic of Emotional Emaciation: Reclaiming Our Humanity

Suzanne Pilch, ICF Certified Coach

In our modern, industrialized world, we have access to more resources, information, and technology than any other time in history.

Yet, despite all these advancements, we seem to be suffering from an epidemic of emotional emaciation. We are emotionally impoverished and deadened, struggling to find peace and contentment amidst the constant busyness and distractions of our lives.

The pace of our lives has become frenzied, leaving us with little time to savor the most beautiful things in life. Our experiences of sex, food, exercise, conversation, learning, and work have lost their quality as we rush from one thing to another, never fully present to the moment.

As a result, we find ourselves running from our own emotions, afraid to stop and confront the undigested feelings that drive us. Anxiety, worry, and constant busyness become our default modes, leaving us stressed and worn out on the treadmill of never accomplishing enough. But there is a way out of this cycle. We can reclaim our humanity and rediscover the deep comfort of inhabiting our bodies fully and undistractedly. We can learn to feel and express all our emotions, even the uncomfortable ones, and find the peace and contentment that lie beneath them.

John Bradshaw, a renowned therapist, coined the term “human doings” to describe our constant need to achieve and accomplish, to be busy and productive at all times. But we can choose to transform ourselves back into human beings, fully present to the moment and connected to our emotions and inner selves.

To do this, we must learn to slow down and create space for ourselves. We must learn to be still and feel all our emotions, even the uncomfortable ones. We must learn to process these emotions, rather than run from them, so that they can be fully digested and released.

This process can be challenging and uncomfortable at first, as we confront emotions that we may have been avoiding for years. But as we learn to safely feel and express these emotions, we will begin to experience a newfound sense of peace and contentment that has been eluding us for so long.

In conclusion, the epidemic of emotional emaciation is a real and pressing issue in our modern world.

But we can choose to reclaim our humanity and rediscover the beauty and richness of life by learning to slow down, feel our emotions, and fully inhabit our bodies. By doing so, we can find the peace and contentment that we have been searching for and transform ourselves from “human doings” back into human beings.

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