I havenâ€™t heard from Rick in a while, so it was good to get another good systems question from him. Rick asks about the concept of non-anxious presence and reactivity. Specifically, he shared his observation that some people seemed to try to act as a â€œnon-anxious presenceâ€ by showing no affect (feelings or emotions) in a given situation. Like the character of Spock in Star Trek they attempted to stay emotionally aloof and non-responsive.
â€œMy point is, would it be a misunderstanding to conclude that one never showed emotion? One can show appropriate emotion to lower anxiety or keep from binding it, right?â€