The rustling of the leaves: From a snakebite to an autumn phobia

The fall makes itself felt noticeable in many places now. In my new book “Quick help with anxiety and stress” (brought out in German) there is the chapter “The rustling of the leaves: From snake bite to autumn phobia” in which a little story describes a catchy example of unconscious effectively stress stimuli: It is fall and one of our ancestors in the Stone Age is preparing dinner for himself. Suddenly, he hears the sound of rustling leaves. He turns to the pile of leaves behind him – but it’s already too late! He has been bitten by a poisonous viper that  was snaking its way through the leaves and caused the noise.


The man faints, is ill for a few days – but he survives the accident. Since then, he has a horror of each snake. But, not only of gray snakes, even at the sight of green , orange , or striped snakes he leaps up into the air with fear. Even when he  sees a slightly curved piece of wood on the floor he is alarmed.


At this point, we speak about generalization. The fear arises as soon as he sees something that reminds him of the viper that once bit him. Our Stone Age man forgets the traumatic event over the months. Now it becomes fall and he goes to the woods again in order to hunt a dinner for himself. Suddenly the leaves of a tree fall down and cause a rustling noise. He is totally startled and does not know why! He goes to see a therapist – perhaps at that time there already was one – and has the following lamentations: “I am a brave hunter and have recently a fear of autumn! I am terribly afraid of rustling leaves – what is wrong with me?”


This way people are often afraid of things and don´t understand why. Our brain functions highly associatively. So it happens very often, that in coaching and training “the rustling of leaves” is treated, instead of the real stress trigger. With wingwave we find the actual active trigger precisely accurate. This leads to an exceedingly fast and straight to the point effect of this method.


I will give the next wingwave education in Toronto, Hamburg and Mexico City, this October. Many portrayals of me and of wingwave are designed with the Monarch butterfly. The American Monarch is a particularly nice specimen drawn and striking orange-black. It is very impressive that these North American animals cover up to 3600 km during their migrations in fall. With luck, I will see one of them in America. Here is a video that shows, among other things, the beauty of these animals: