Jar Analogy

Our stacking rings activity was inspired by Dr Jehannine Austin's jar analogy. 

We are born with a certain amount of genetic vulnerability (yellow balls), but over time, we also accumulate stressful experiences (orange triangles), which can tip us over into an active episode of mental ill-health (full jar).
Protective factors such as exercise and good sleep add 'rings' to the top of our mental health jar and expand its capacity. 

Diagram of the jars analogy. Description below image.

[Jar Metaphor:
We are like an empty jar. We get filled up with genetic factors (yellow balls) and Environmental factors (orange triangles). 

  • With just the genetic factors in the jar, we are unaffected.
  • Over time we accumulate more environmental factors, which make us more vulnerable. However, at this point we are not experiencing an episode fo illness. 
  • It is only when the jar is full to the brim with a combination of genetic and environmental factors, that we experience an active episode of illness (reached threshold). 
  • If we remove some of the environmental factors, we can return to the vulnerable, but not actually ill phase. 
  • Alternatively, we can add protective factors (rings to the top of the jar) to raise our threshold point] 
Published July 31, 2021 9:00 AM - Last modified July 31, 2021 9:00 AM