ReChanneling Our Personal Disharmony

Dr. Robert F. Mullen

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Everything is connected. It is the first and most foundational
law of the universe. The universal law of oneness.

Complementarity is a state or system of complementary components combined in such a way as to enhance or emphasize the qualities of each other. We are concerned here with the complementarity or simultaneous mutual interaction of our mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Every thought and behavior is supported by their collaboration. They work in concert.

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Complementarity is further defined as the inherent cooperation of our human system components in maintaining physiological equilibrium. It is essential for sustainability-of-life, our condition, and our recovery and pursuit of goals and objectives. 

Our mind, body, spirit, and emotions collaborate in the holism of our personality. They are its gestalt – interconnected parts of the whole that cannot exist independently of the whole or each other. Each component overlaps, influences, and is interdependent on the others, albeit one dominates until or unless superseded by another. (Spirit is defined by our mood, attitude, and temperament.)

The importance of recognizing complementarity in our recovery and pursuit of goals and objectives cannot be undervalued. The simultaneous mutual interaction of our mind, body, spirit, and emotions allows us to isolate a component in disharmony and rechannel it to another. We already do this instinctively. We jog to calm troublesome thoughts. Physical pain is mitigated by mental distractions. Emotional distress diverges to a more analytical or spiritual state.


Rechanneling is simply taking a healthier and more productive route. In complementarity. The act of rechanneling is to subvert one component over another. Mind to emotion, body to mind, emotion to spirit, etc. When one becomes intolerable and self-destructive, we rechannel to alleviate its toxicity. Proactive neuroplasticity, cognitive-behavioral self-modification, and positive psychology rechannel negative information to healthy neural input.

Situation is the set of circumstances ̶ the facts, conditions, and incidents affecting us at a particular time in a particular place. For social anxiety disorder, the Situation is often an occasion or event. In our pursuit of goals, the Situation might be the circumstances that impede our objectives. 

Automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) are the conscious or subconscious anxiety-provoking thoughts that occur in anticipation of or reaction to Situations. ANTs are generated by our negative self-beliefs and expressed by our body, mind, spirit, and emotions They are unpleasant expressions of our fears and apprehensions. In social anxiety disorder, ANTs are irrational and self-destructive. In the pursuit of goals and objectives, they are self-defeating. 

Stressors are things that cause internal or external pressure. They are the negative self-beliefs that impact our social anxiety and pursuit of goals and objectives. Stressors generate our ANTsTriggers are situational stimuli (anticipated or actual things or occurrences that precipitate our ANTs). Situations generate our triggers. 

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A comprehensive program of recovery or motivation addresses our stressors and ANTs through tools and techniques targeting the individual personality. But how can we alleviate them in the immediacy of a Situation, whether unexpected, anticipated, or recurring? We rechannel the negatively impacted component to another. When ‘A’ is overwhelming and self-destructive, we diverge it to ‘B’, ‘C’, or ‘D’ to mitigate “A.” (Mind to emotion, body to mind, emotion to spirit, etc.)

Here are some examples of Situations, associated fears, and their corresponding ANTs.

Networking at a crowded event, we recognize someone that could be beneficial to our career. Our ANT persuades us we will make a fool of ourselves and be subsequently rejected. I will say something stupid. They will reject me.

We are scheduled to make a brief presentation to our office managers, but our ANT is one of awkwardness and ineptitude. We are overwhelmed by a sense of imperfection and subordination.  I am stupid. They will criticize me.

While waiting for a job interview, we begin to sweat, and our heart palpitates; we become nauseous

Distractions and Diversions

How do we counter the emotions of the first example, the spiritual defeatism of the second, and the physical discomfort of the third? We rechannel them to another component utilizing prepared distractions and diversions. (Although ANTs are ostensibly negative thoughts, they are underscored by the emotion of the corresponding fears and apprehensions. Even physical manifestations are the result of our anxieties.)

Distractions are chosen objects that momentarily rechannel our attention from our automatic negative thoughts. Diversions are planned activities that do the same. A distraction could be an item in the room – a painting or vase – that we focus on (emotion to mind) or pricking a pushpin in our pocket (emotion to body). A diversion, on the other hand, could be creating caricatures of individuals in the room (emotion to mind) or clearing a table of empty glasses (emotion to body).  ReChanneling is the diverging waterway; distractions and diversions are the steering mechanisms, Rechanneling is the goal; distractions and diversions are the objectives – the methods utilized to achieve the goal.

This is complex and takes work. A comprehensive recovery or motivational program values the importance of preparing individualized tactics or coping skills to challenge our situational fears and corresponding ANTs. 

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