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The Elm personality usually shows itself in the positive form – in the person of a “take charge, get it all done” attitude and behaviour. These people are generally of above average intelligence and ability, and responsibility – and others depend upon them for leadership and guidance. Unfortunately, Elm personalities often put aside their own needs for those of the greater good – and this can lead to a state of near breakdown. They have forgotten that each of us has a responsibility to care for ourselves first, and that we must take care not to exceed our physical or emotional limits. Those in need of treatment with this Bach Flower Remedy will suddenly feel themselves unable to cope. A task which would have been easy just a few days ago now seems overwhelming, and beyond their capabilities. Often, this negative state is the result of increasing professional or personal pressure coinciding with a temporary physical weakness. The “breakdown”Śćis the body is attempting to tell the person to “take a time out.” Because the person’sŚćself-esteemŚćis so firmly rooted in fulfilling his or her responsibilities, the ego takes a major blow when he or she cannot carry on. This Bach Flower Remedy is sometimes termed “psychological smelling salts,” because it lends strength to the strong in times of weakness. It helps them once again put problems and situations in their proper perspective and return the ability to cope. It also helps re-create the knowledge and belief that if help is needed, it will come at the proper time and in the proper manner. Bach Flower Essences help re-balance energies, but once back in balance, those with the Elm personality should take care not to repeat the same activities that put him or her in the negative Elm state to begin with. They should remember to see themselves first as an individual who has responsibilities toward themselves as well as to others. They should also schedule vacation time and a treat now and then.