Characterizing Dimensions of a Mental/Emotional Symptom


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I’ve recently presented a case on Working with the Boenninghausen X-diagram, in which I investigated the underpinnings of this tool in the characterizing dimensions of a complete symptom, as described by Boenninghausen. Notably, Boenninghausen appears to have slighted Mental/Emotional symptoms in his Therapeutic Pocketbook, at least in contrast to their extensive elaboration by subsequent authors, leading to some criticism by contemporary homeopaths that he may have broken from Hahnemann on the importance of expressions of the Mind to our work. Reflecting on this, and concluding that a major break from Hahnemann’s teachings would have been unlikely in this closest of his colleagues, it occurred to me that Boenninghausen may have struggled to define functional characterizing dimensions of a mental/emotional symptom, seeing these not to fit so easily into his scheme for somatic expressions of disease. Subsequent authors have done no better, and I’d assert have done far worse, in presenting us with a plethora of mental/emotional rubrics of often questionable value, beginning with James Tyler Kent’s tremendous elaboration of rubrics in the Mind chapter of his repertory.
In this one-session (2 hour) online course, I’d like to investigate a model to describe the characterizing dimensions of a complete mental/emotional symptom, and apply this alongside Boenninghausen’s model in the analysis of several cases as well as to the study of materia medica, and to a study of the Mind and Dreams chapters of our contemporary repertories.

Interactive live online session Wed., August 12; recorded as streaming video for self-paced participation.