Deconstructing ReChanneling

ReChanneling is dedicated to researching methods to alleviate symptoms of physiological dysfunctions and discomfort (neuroses/disorders) that impact our emotional wellbeing and quality of life. It does this by targeting the personality through empathy, collaboration, and program integration. ReChanneling is a system of common-sense solutions, evident in their simplicity. It is a paradigmatic approach to historically and clinically practical methods. 

ReChanneling’s Origins

Impacted by social anxiety disorder, ReChanneling’s director spent his developing years assuming his emotional and behavioral problems were due to some moral inadequacy, a diagnosis supported by family, clergy, and even health professionals. Years later, study for his degree revealed social anxiety disorder. Armed with that knowledge, Mullen set forward to develop methods to alleviate the symptoms of dysfunctions and discomforts, beginning with colleagues also afflicted with social anxiety disorder. These efforts developed into workshops and practicums for over 600 San Francisco bay area individuals. Recognizing the similarities among psychological dysfunctions, Dr. Robert F. Mullen broadened his research to include the multiple forms of anxiety and depression and their comorbidities, e.g., PTSD, OCD, substance abuse, self-esteem issues, etc. ReChanneling is the culmination of those efforts. 

Dr. Mullen is the director of ReChanneling Inc, which offers a paradigmatic approach to optimum human functioning by emphasizing your character strengths, virtues, and attributes. A published worldwide academic author, Mullen holds seminars, practicums, and workshops on alleviating symptoms of physiological dysfunction and discomfort (disorders/neuroses), rechanneling negative perspective and self-image by harnessing our intrinsic aptitude for extraordinary living and potential to lift the human spirit. His academic disciplines include contemporary behavior, modified psychobiography , and positive psychologies. He has the unique combination of his education and professional background and his own social anxiety experiences, along with 15 years of research, development, and publishing on the alleviation of symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other neuroses. 

Psychological dysfunctions and discomforts. Both conditions can result in functional impairment which interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. Both impact our emotional wellbeing and quality of life. Both are addressed through the same basic processes. The primary distinction between the two is severity. A psychological dysfunction is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder of sufficient duration to meet diagnosable criteria. However, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is prone to rampant misdiagnoses and substantial discrepancies and variations in definition, epidemiology, assessment, and treatment. ReChanneling advocates and supports the Wellness Model over the etiology-driven disease or medical model of mental healthcare. The Wellness Model emphasizes the character strengths and virtues that generate the motivation, persistence, and perseverance to function optimally through the substantial mitigation of symptoms of psychological dysfunction and discomfort. 

While we recognize the value of trauma-based and regression therapies, our focus is on the here-and-now, advocating the Wellness Model’s emphasis on solution over the problem-oriented disease model. Mindfulness, the state of active, open recognition and acceptance of present realities is essential to recovery.

A Paradigmatic Approach 

The Wellness Model. One of the disadvantages of the etiological perspective is that you focus on the dysfunction over the individual; traditional psychology has abandoned studying the entire human experience in favor of focusing on diagnosis. Evidence suggests that conventional psychiatric diagnoses have outlived their usefulness. The National Institute of Mental Health, for example, is replacing diagnoses with easily understandable descriptions of the issues based on the emerging research data, not on the current symptom-based categories. 

The disease model of mental health focuses on the problem, creating a harmful symbiosis of individual and their dysfunction.. We become our diagnosis. The Wellness Model emphasizes the solution. A battle is not won by focusing on incompetence and weakness; it is won by knowing and utilizing our strengths, and attributes. That is how we positively function―with pride and self-reliance and determination―with the awareness of what we are capable. 

One-size-fits-all. The single solution approach perpetuated by the disease model of mental health and the American Psychiatric Association is insubstantial. (Almost 90 percent of recovery programs pursue cognitive-behavioral treatments.) The ineffectiveness of One-size-fits-all approaches is evident in their singular focus, which cannot sufficiently address the complexities of human thought and behavior generated by the individual human systems which help determine personality. Personality is how we embrace and express the sum of experiences.

Complementarity is the inherent cooperation of our human system components in maintaining physiological equilibrium. Sustainability-of-life and sustainability of a psychological dysfunction require simultaneous mutual interaction. Recognizing the constant collaboration of our mind, body, spirit, and emotions is crucial to emotional and behavioral oversight. 

A Targeted Approach

Addressing the complexity of the personality demands integrating multiple traditional and non-traditional approaches, developed through client trust, cultural assimilation, and therapeutic innovation. There is no one right way to do or experience growth or recovery. Any evaluation and treatment program must be innovative, fluid, and targeted. Culture, environment, history, and associations in conjunction with social, creative, and intellectual needs and aspirations are necessary components of any successful strategy. Consideration of each determines our value and the efficacy of the program.

A WORKING PLATFORM showing encouraging results for most psychological dysfunctions and discomforts is an integration of positive psychology’s optimum human functioning with CBT’s behavior modification supporting proactive neuroplasticity through the deliberate, repetitive neural input of information (DRNI), and other targeted approaches.

Positive Psychology. The Wellness Model’s chief facilitator is positive psychology, which originated with Maslow’s (1943) seminal text on humanism. Positive psychology focuses on virtues and strengths that help you transform and flourish. Until recently, the focus on optimal functioning’s positive aspects ignored the individual’s holism by neglecting their negative aspects. Positive Psychology 2.0 emphasizes the positive while managing and processing the negative to increase wellbeing. Although it functions best in conjunction with other programs, PP’s mental health interventions have proved successful in mitigating the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other disorders. Growing research suggests that PP not only improves life outcomes but improves overall health. PP interventions produced significant improvements in emotional wellbeing while also decreasing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

CBT.  Cognitive theory assumes that our dysfunction results from negative, irrational thinking and behavior caused by our ingrained reactions to situations and conditions. CBT trains us to recognize these irrational thoughts and beliefs that sustain our discomfort or dysfunction and replace them with healthy ones until they become automatic and permanent.

The behavioral component of CBT involves activities that reinforce the process. Despite recent criticism, when utilized in concert with other programs, CBT has been proven effective in addressing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other disorders. CBT is structured, goal-oriented, and focused on the present and the solution. The repetitive behavioral exercises of CBT and positive affirmations are beneficial in the reconstruction of our brain patterns. 

Proactive Neuroplasticity. Science confirms our neural pathways are continually realigning. Our brains do not think or analyze; they are organic reciprocators. The irrational thoughts and behaviors that we feed our brain are neuro-transmitted back to us in the chemicals and hormones that sustain us, creating an unhealthy cycle that affects our entire outlook on life. A conscious input of healthy thought patterns reshapes our neural network to a structure supported by neurotransmitters conducive to dramatically altering our outlook on life.

Healthy Philautia. The loss of self-esteem is due to the disruption in our natural human development caused by childhood physical, emotional, or sexual disturbance. This disturbance impacts satisfaction of three basic human needs: physiological, safety, and belongingness and love. That lacuna hinders the development of our self-qualities essential to our emotional and physiological development. Healthy philautia is the polar opposite of narcissism–the self-appreciation that recognizes we are consequential and worthy of love. Healthy philautia serves as a focused revitalization tool for self-esteem. 

Emotional Retrieval and Control. Emotions are associated with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, and motivation. Do they dictate our behavior, or are we able to manage their volatility? Rather than succumbing to emotional instability, awareness of the origins of emotional instability prevents reactionary outbursts and inconsistency due to lack of foresight, empathy, and perspective. Emotional Retrieval and Control is a duel-directional program (Recovered-Memory Process and Affective Emotion Management) that focuses on the recovery and control of our memories and emotions.

Recovered-Memory Process is the umbrella term for methods or techniques utilized in recalling memories. We repress certain feelings, thoughts, and desires unacceptable to the conscious mind and store them in the archives of our memory. Emotions are not solitary and exclusive but fluid and mutually interconnected, although we allow one to situationally dominate the others. We choose the one that suits a psychological need. It is helpful to retrieve and address the emotions felt in those repressed memories that once flashed by like a meteor. Certain memories and associated emotions become anxiety-overbearing and physiologically harmful with negative implications. Utilizing Stanislavski’s method of emotional management, we assume control of our emotions, rather than allowing them to control us. 

Affective Emotion Management. Emotions are not solitary and exclusive but fluid and mutually interconnected, although we allow one to dominate the others. Love and hate are indistinct and interchangeable extremes of the same instinct as are laughter and tears, resentment and acceptance, and so on. The ability of the film actor to project an emotion when script and scheduling demands it, demonstrates they are controllable. Any situation can be experienced though laughter, tears, pride, or anger. We choose the one that suits a psychological need, which exposes its transience and manipulability. Utilizing Stanislavski’s method of emotional management, we assume control of our emotions, rather than allowing them to control us,

Practicum versus Therapy

ReChanneling is practicum over therapy. A practicum is designed for self-reliance. While therapy often incurs a subordinacy to or dependency on the counselor, a practicum is a program developed in collaboration with the individual that targets her or his unique condition. We design a blueprint and provide the recovery methods, but the responsibility for achieving the goal rests on the individual, who controls the progress with the facilitator’s guidance.

ReChanneling is not a new concept; it is a paradigmatic approach to historically or clinically effective methods. Its holistic advancement is in targeting the personality through empathy, collaboration, and program integration. While progress is exponential, goals are not met overnight. Human development is an ongoing process. For example, neural network restructuring begins immediately, but estimates suggest it may take up to a year for significant rebuilding. That may seem like a long time but remember, your dysfunction has likely impacted you since childhood. Recovery is a lifelong work-in-progress.

Why is your support essential? ReChanneling is dedicated to research and development of methods to alleviate symptoms of physiological dysfunction and discomfort. Our vision is to reshape the current pathographic emphasis on diagnoses over individual, which fosters a deficit, disease model of human behavior. Treatment programs must disavow ineffective, one-size-fits-all approaches and target the individual personality through communication, empathy, collaboration, and an integration of historically and clinically practical methods. All donations support scholarships for workshops and practicums.

2 thoughts on “Deconstructing ReChanneling

    1. Jasmine. Thanks for the note. ReChanneling has been in development for over a decade and is just making its way into the academic and public eye. It evolved through groups and workshops for anxiety and depression and grew from there. We discovered that, in order to genuinely address individual concerns, you can’t just drop a forty-year-old program on someone and assume it’s the best method. Further study and research\found that, while each traditional program has its benefits, there are also a lot of problems. There is not enough empathy and communication. Clinicians thrust them down our throats because it’s the easy way out. The first thing a therapist sells you is cognitive-behavioral therapy like it’s the panacea for everything. CBT is useful with other programs but ineffective as a stand-alone. I could go on, but you have access to the website, so I’ll end it here. Stay well and productive.

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