Dualism- clarification and its consequences

Psychology and medicine is still captured by a dualistic thinking set. We treat people as if the body and psyche were two independent sizes. The doctor takes care of our physical ailments, the body, while the psychologist offers psychotherapy. This splitting is emphasized by the words and thought habits. Body-soul-the dichotomy is embodied in the conceptual framework and theories, and has been a part of our perception of reality (Thornquist, 1992).

The body is divided into organ systems and specialists treat these systems with little thought on the whole. The mental development has been explained and understood completely independent of the physical development. If you become mentally ill, you do not get body care .

We experience the body at all times; and it continuously reacts. The body is used both to express and influence emotions. This implies that body language and verbal approaches must complement each other in new ways to understand the body’s language. It is important to gain an understanding of how the patient experiences his or her symptoms and illness. In what way is the body-language part of the existence disturbed and in what way are the relationships with the world disturbed? Mankind is not healthy before it has regained full use of “being in the world” (Boss, 1979 in Hedberg, 1992).

The problem is that we can never understand the big picture by examining the parts. Gjærum (1994) argues that the later psycho biological research and clinical work on many sites give reason to question such a simple understanding of the interaction between the mental and the physical factors.

Dualism is the mainstay in the medicine and health service in Western thinking in General. By separating the body and mind, physically and mentally, we see not the sick man’s experience of itself and its disease and existence as a whole (Hedberg, 1992).

To remain within a dualistic frame of reference, make us blind to the parts of the reality we are facing.

The dualistic glasses makes the body as expression, his body as the carrier of the life and history-remains out of reach for us.

The body as expression field so we are experiencing it on a daily basis, appears to be set aside in professional contexts (Thornquist, 1992). The body is being constantly broken down and built back up again.

The way we live in and how we think and feel, affects the diseases we have. Health is not static, but a dynamic energy flow that is changing in the course of his life.

A need for a more complex understanding of health and injury treatment.
                An  article on the topic. ” reductionistic approaches”.  5th March 2018


(Kabat-Zinn in Moyers, 1994). Thornquist (1992) says that the gap between the professional conceptual world and the intuitive and often silent experience world, shows the need for a clarification of the dualism and its consequences.

Do we need to rethink injury treatment?


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