New concept of human nature

The method of Emotional Training is based on a new revolutionary concept of human nature. This concept doesn't distinguish between body and 'mind', and defines emotions as physical responses to stimuli from reality. Such a concept is resonated with new researches in neuroscience and with the understanding that empathy is inborn.

The dualistic culture that separate between 'mind' and body regards all aspects of life as positive or negative, good and bad, true or false, healthy or sick. This view created a distorted concept of human nature, based on the distinction between health and pathology. Throughout the course of history, this approach enabled the strong dominate and control the weak. The strong were the rulers, the priests, the doctors, the psychologists and psychiatrists who defined healthiness and control their patients' lives.This explains why, in various periods in history, people who didn't look or behave according to the norms were isolated or institutionalized. Nowadays, such people are treated by psychotherapists who adapt them to the needs and norms of society. The distinction between health and pathology created a culture of 'therapy', in which the class of therapists 'treats' the class of the 'patients'. This culture is based on the expected crises of life, and it enforces us to fix our impairment after the damage had been done. We approach physicians when we are already sick, and we approach psychotherapists when we cannot control our emotions.

The concept of health and pathology is a negative view of human nature, and it ignores natural processes. Emotional Training is based on a different, positive view of human nature. This concept is based on the assumption that our natural death anxiety helps us cope, temporarily, with dangers, but it also paralyses our everyday activity. In order to cope with death anxiety we always strive to create a sense of a safe place, through our emotional skills.

Emotional Training is a way of life that enables us, in each moment of our lives, to cope with death anxiety and create a sense of a safe place, thus prevent crises that need 'therapy'.

Emotional Training is based on the assumption that we can be responsible for our actions, our bodies, our health and our feelings and that we don't have to be dependent on others or to face foreseen crises.


                                      Dr. Dror Green