This article presents a new theory of stress reaction and adaptation with reference to the four phases of life (excitation, expansion, contraction, and relaxation), four phases of acute stress (threat, organization, fight and flight, and recovery or shock), four phases of chronic stress (alarm, resistance, adaptation, and exhaustion), and four grades of fear (anxiety, fear, panic, and horror). Each phase of acute stress is associated with a corresponding grade of fear.
When a traumatic conflict is unresolved, the fear remains blocked in the energetic system, corresponding to one of the phases of life. This blockage may explain why we have different diseases in the same organ. Further, the concept of vitality is introduced to explain the resilience that allows the individual to cope with stress efficiently to maintain homeostasis.
This new model opens a gate to establish a new therapeutic strategy aimed at increasing an individual’s vital energy and resolving energy blockages by elaborating psychological trauma, completing the learning process to achieve intellectual growth, and achieving spiritual growth toward health and wellbeing.