Hart (1999) in his book The Anxiety Cure offers a plan to defeat anxiety by explaining the role of how brain chemistry, psychological responses, and thought process aid in the complications of anxiety disorders. He views modern society as moving at the speed of cheetahs when God designed us to move at the speed of camels. The book gives practical advice to change your way of life without depending on medication and psychotherapy as a life-long process, by developing the emotional tranquility and completeness that God desires us to have in our lives.
Hart believes a major part of our personality structure lies in the working of the neurotransmitters of the brain. These are the messengers that carry information between different areas of the brain causing some nerves cells to be more simulated and responsive and others calming and slowing down other nerve cells. These messages are at times life-giving telling different areas of the brain how to feel; happy, sad, anxious or tranquil. Normal human emotions which are part of our personality are determined by whether these are victorious in conveying messages to the brain cells. Some of these communications result in “happy messages” and others in “sad messages” both are always present in the brain “what determines our mood is the balance between the two (p.20). Changes in personality are caused by an imbalance partly biological which is out of our control and partly due to our cognitive thoughts thus our personality can make us more prone to issues of anxiety.
Locating the Author in Hawkin’s Concentric Circles and Multi-Faceted View of Self
Hart focuses on the physical body aspect of Hawkins’ Concentric Circle (Hawkins, n.d.). that our mental reactions we use to handle daily stress affects our physical bodies though anxiety disorders. He places emphasis on the concept that we must treat our bodies with care having adequate rest and down time in order to have health and tranquility. As with all the past authors he believes that a relationship with God must be at the core or our being. Because we alone cannot cope with our anxiety we need the power of God working in our lives.
Health versus Illness
Health consists of living a life of tranquility with the brain producing “happy messages”. Having the life that God intended us to live of being calm, serene, at peace, and happy. Anxiety takes away these messages and tranquility causing illness in one’s life “Stress depletes our natural brain tranquilizers” (Hart, 1999, p.5) resulting in panic which can be an acute illness called a “panic attack” or a chronic aliment known as “panic anxiety disorder”. Being able to hold on to your tranquility in the midst of the demands of daily life and having a personal relationship with God is a fundamental part of this cure.
Element of Cure
To lead a life of tranquility we must “Take personal control over our anxiety”( Hart, , 1999, p.47), accepting responsibility for our...