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Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines: Psychophysical Analyses of Selected Constitutional Types Hardcover – June, 1986

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In this rich, textured study of the characters of 9 homoeopathic medicines, C.Coulter has revived a much-neglected archetypal science: the study of mind-body types upon which healing by similars is based. While most psychologists and doctors either avoid or oversimplify the issues of inherited constitutional dispositions and psychophysiological unity, Coulter presumes the existence of dynamic fields around which each creature is formed and energized. "These fields are intrinsic to the very organismic process," writes Edward C. Whitmont, a homoeopathic physician and a founding member of the C.G. Jung Training Center in NY, "our own as well as the planet's." Every mineral, plant, and animal embodies discrete patterns and thus has the intrinsic power to call forth the disease of these patterns and then to heal through them. Unless we recognize these fields and constitutional types and learn to diagnose in terms of the phenomenological totality of living beings, we cannot hope to realize the potential of a medicine of similars. Dr. Whitmont goes on to write: "A child's personality is then not only structured by parental and environmental influences, but also, selectively, in its own individual ways, evokes and responds to "like" or corresponding parental and environmental influences. In its own way it will also constellate and call forth environmental factors that a child of a different makeup will not. A Natrum muriaticum or Lycopodium child may stoically withdraw, even sever communication, where a Sulphur child may respond with overactivity or a Hepar or Arsenic type with fury or anxiety respectively. It is also to be considered that environments that encourage anxiety or withdrawal may help produce corresponding Arsenic or Hepar constitutional states. In either case the somatic indications for a particular remedy can alert the experienced prescriber to the potential presence of specific psychological predispositions as yet dormant and unrecognized."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 422 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1st edition (June 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093819061X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938190615
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Gournay on May 24, 2013
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I had owned a copy of this years and years ago, but when I found it used I decided to buy it and reread it. This is a must have for anyone trying to understand the complexities of casetaking in homeopathic treatment, and is also a wonderful read on the nature of the many character types that populate this good earth. Excellent source book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trish on June 2, 2014
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If you are truly interested in understand the many levels of homeopathy this book is a must read. I found it difficult to put down, I wanted to read it cover to cover immediately. To much info for that as I needed to process sections at least over night before moving on. Great book and it will be one I will often pick up and review sections as needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nina on April 22, 2014
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Swain on May 17, 2015
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I had read about this book in Claudio Naranjo's book Character and Neurosis. He cites abundantly from it. I decided to read this book, too. This book is about twelve times better than Claudio Naranjo's book. The insights are far deeper and the characters' idiosyncratic and strangeness is left intact as a vast human panoply suspended on a nature, as opposed to a point on the enneagram.
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