Overcoming personality disorders: the mind, body and soul approach
Following on from the last post, there’s a huge amount of overlap with what official research is suggesting as the causes, but the main points where the two paradigms differ are as follows:
The Chinese Medicine approach which correlates the body’s energy meridians to the health of particular organs and emotions explains this differently, and to my mind, more logically.
Body affects mind, and vice-versa, and both are affected by the soul.
The main emotional ‘problem’ coming through again and again in personality disorders of all stripes is lack of empathy and compassion, either for oneself and / or for other people.
In Chinese Medicine, the energy meridian associated with empathy and compassion is the Spleen Meridian. The diagram at the top of this post shows you the 'pathway' of the Spleen Energy Meridian.
Modern society is very hard on the Spleen Meridian, and the following things take it out and weaken it:
What weakens the Spleen Energy Meridian?
- Shock or trauma – traumatic births (or traumatic deliveries, if you’re the mom), serious illnesses, child abuse, divorce, car crashes, or even things like watching replays of the Twin Towers coming down.
- Chemicals and pollutants – food additives, MSG, drugs (including legal ones) and bleach can all take out your Spleen Meridian.
- Electromagnetic 'smog' – every electronic gadget gives off its own particular ‘vibe’, or frequency. The nearer that frequency is to the natural vibration of the human body, the more it can potentially disrupt the body’s own internal chemical messaging system, and the more damage it can potentially do to your energetic functioning and health. The worst offenders are WiFi, cellphones and microwave ovens.
- Negative, critical emotional environments – Spending too much time with angry, critical people is one of the fastest ways to wipe-out the Spleen Meridian.
- Stress – When you get stressed, that triggers off the ‘fight of flight’ reaction in your body. Another meridian called the Triple Warmer Meridian is responsible for activating your 'fight or flight' response, and when Triple Warmer gets switched on, the first place it sucks all the energy from is your Spleen Meridian.
If you compare the above with the official research, you’ll find the following things in common, when it comes to discussing scientifically-supported causes of personality disorders:
- Negative, critical people and environments – ie, verbal abuse and neglect
- Stress – ie, parental neglect, overly-high expectations and perfectionism, over-reacting
- Electromagnetic ‘smog’ – all the stuff about Facebook, spending too much time online (which is also a form of parental neglect)
- Shock or trauma – childhood trauma.
- High sensitivity - High sensitivity also results from weak Spleen meridian energy, as the Spleen meridian is responsible for assimilating food, experiences, feelings and external input into the body.
An alternative paradigm - and a possible solution to the problem
So to sum up, I think personality disorders are on the rise for the following reasons:
· Lack of connection to God = world is a very scary, stressful place (this is also has a direct effect on the lack of self-compassion and ‘resilience’ mentioned above.
· Modern life (including the traumatic way most mothers now give birth in modern hospital settings) wipes out the Spleen meridian – causing increased sensitivity and intolerance in the infant, reduced ability to feel compassion and empathy (a key PD trait), PTSD as a response to the trauma experienced, or feeling that ‘the world is not a safe place’.
· Modern technology and lack of interaction with others – continues to wipe out spleen meridian, and also exacerbates the problem as face-to-face connection with others builds empathy and compassion (the main problem underlying many PDs.) Also, kids who are plugged into Facebook 24/7 are defactoexperiencing parental neglect.
· Emphasis on materiality instead of spiritual development – means that people mistreat others, verbally abuse their children (and other people…), act selfishly and self-absorbed, and crush other people into the ground in order to get what they want.
Of course, all these things can be worked on, ameliorated and eventually fixed, which means that personality disorders don’t have to permanent features of life for the people affected, but can be treated and eventually, cured.