Gentian or Gorse???… We are here to help!

There is a notion by many to select either Gentian or Gorse base on the number of attempts/ failures… Do you think so too? Let’s see what Bach Centre has to say about this:

Both Gentian and Gorse address a feeling of despondency and both stem from a known cause.

The Gorse state however is deeper than Gentian.

In a Gentian state we might need encouragement to try again, but often we don’t: we are able to keep going despite our doubt.

In a Gorse state we feel so down that we decide to give up hope altogether.

If we are encouraged to keep going we might respond to this, but it will be in a negative way, in that we will tell people that the effort we are making is in fact hopeless and bound to fail.

Perhaps because Gentian is the less profound of the two states, sometimes people think that Gentian is for setbacks that happen once, while repeated setbacks will always be Gorse.

This isn’t really true. People can be in a Gentian state after repeated setbacks, and after setbacks big and small; and equally people can move into a Gorse state after just one thing goes wrong – even if the event itself is minor.

It’s the reaction of the person to the problem, rather than the nature or extent of the setback, that indicates one or the other remedy.

Another fallacy is to think that if a Gentian state is left untreated it will deepen into a Gorse state.

In fact, people overcome Gentian states all the time without taking the remedy – although taking the remedy will help! – and without inevitably feeling worse.

And where a negative feeling does lead to the development of something deeper and longer lasting, we can’t know in advance the person will fall into a Gorse state in particular. Any of the other remedy states is also possible.

As always, we can’t generalise with the remedies and have to look at the individual person’s individual reaction.

(c) the Bach Centre

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