Homeopathy Tips for 4/27/10 Prejudice

Aphorism 6 of the Organon refers to the unprejudiced observer. Hahnemann knew well the need for the physician to be free from prejudice. Let’s take a look at what prejudism really is . If we explore this in ourselves we may find hidden in the crevices of our belief system many ways that can keep us from seeing the case clearly and being the unprejudiced observer.

Websters dictionary defines prejudice as; to judge before full hearing or examination, an opinion made without adequate basis, a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation. A judgment.

How do we as human beings live without judgment? I do not believe it is possible. From our earliest imprints to consciousness we are taught and experience prejudice. This is how we are able to form an opinion about anything. How are parents/teachers/clergy spoke about others extended from the neighbors to the community and beyond. No social, ethnic or religious group could possibly be exempt from the influences that we received. But as we grow older we have had experiences that have either reinforced these beliefs or helped us create new ones. Often they are so subtle that we do not even recognize them.  But we must examine our prejudice from time to time to clean house so to speak. In this process we are able to be current with ourselves.

A good exercise is to ask ourselves some easy questions. There are no right or wrong answers but they can be very helpful in allowing us to see our beliefs. Much can be learned about ourselves by doing this exercise. Fill in the blanks on a piece of paper. Answer each question with the first feeling that comes to mind. Do not ponder about the answer. Just write it down. We can examine it later.

1. Americans are__________________.       11. Homeopathy is______________.

2. Indians are____________________.        12. Wars are___________________.

3. Black people are________________.        13. White people are_____________.

4. Muslims are___________________.         14. Jews are___________________.

5.  Christians are_________________.         15. Lycopodium people are_______.

6. Business people are_____________.         16. Cancer is__________________.

7. Government is_________________.         17. Platina people are___________.

8. Doctors are___________________.          18. Homeopaths are_____________.

9. Drugs are_____________________.         19. Sailors are__________________.

10. Latinos are___________________.        20. People are__________________.

This test should not have been difficult to do. Every one of the blanks had something in common. They were all ways to describe a group. To cast a single statement about any one of the group is to place prejudice. Not all members of any one group are the same. This very same precept applies to all persons and diseases. We might further define any person of any group by the color of their hair or eyes but we could not say that all members of any group are the same. The same goes for any disease name. Not all members of the group would present the exact same symptoms. So therefore, not all diseases could ever be the same even if they had the same name and similar symptoms.

The point of this exercise is to examine our own prejudices. It requires an open mind to look at our core belief systems about any group. This will help us to be able to be free of the fixed ideas associated with our long standing beliefs. They can often be very subtle.

It is also a good exercise to examine our beliefs about health, disease and homeopathy. We can often form great prejudice about something we are so passionate about. Doing this can polarize any opposing beliefs. I see this often with homeopaths in regards to allopathic medicine. As difficult as it is to accept, not all people are to be healed by homeopathy. Some will do the best with a different modality. This does not make any one system of medicine any better or worse than another. They simply are different.

Another area that homeopaths suffer great prejudice is in regards to remedies. We often form special relationships with remedies that we either prescribe often or think they are better for any particular disease, etc. Try doing the exercise for remedies and different maladies or diseases. Take cancer for instance; Cancer is__________. Because there is so much fear around cancer it is easy to form a prejudice about the disease and translate this to the person. All people heal according to their vital force, not our opinion of the disease.

Another way we hold prejudice is to project our similar experience on to our client. When we have heard a similar story before and given a particular remedy or have had a similar experience ourselves we can then loose sight of what the persons individual experience is. We know this is happening especially if we have an emotional response ourselves. This response is triggering our own memory or experience. When this is happening we are not present with our client and it is easy to project our prejudice to the case.

So take a moment and examine your prejudice. We all have them and it is OK. Just be aware of them and do a self inventory to stay current. You will be a better person and a better homeopath as a result. Good luck.

11 comments so far

  1. Prof.Paulo de Lacerda on

    Dear colleagues,

    Just have in mind in common sense the wise advices of late swiss Dr.Pierre Schmidt,MD,on his work concerning interview of patients on Homeopathy and remind always Hahnemann´s Organon aphorisms for better understanding of Homeopathy real principles and funadmentals as a scientifical and experimental medical therapy and NOT practice of magic as says sarcasticaly the opposers and or its theocratic overview and etc..
    Certainly medical science has it natural evolution on time space and naturaly Homeopathy will follow same pathway.

  2. Preetika Goel on

    Hello Robert,

    This is a very good article but just need to say even if selection of remedy is without any prejudice but selection of potency and repetition of remedies is mostly prejudiced based on experiences and the favourite ones. Is it because one cannot measure the intensity of the disease?
    Thanks

  3. dr. ghulam mustafa on

    yes dear it is a helpful article,
    DR. GHULAM MUSTAFA SAHIWAL PAKISTAN

  4. ASGHAR WARSI on

    it is very helpful article for homoeopaith

  5. Trish on

    Thanks for the great exercise to loosen up the judgemental muscle! It sure gets tight without regular exercise. It’s good to exert it, because sometimes I forget exactly where it is. Never know how tight it is until I take it out for a spin. One thing that really gets it tightened up (sometimes even causes cramping!) is to read the newspaper or watch the news report. I’m on a news diet since about 2 years ago- only 1 serving per week. This keeps my preconceived notions down to a bare minimum while I stock up on *wonder*. Much healthier for me and my patients and family. Thanks for the creative calisthenics!

  6. C.Fernandes on

    Dear Dr. Robert,

    Could you let me know if there is an article on Cervical Spondlytis and on what date was it published. I will be grateful if you could let me know as soon as possible.

    Regards

    Celes

    • Robert Field on

      Hi Celes,

      I have not published an article on this. Sorry,
      Robert

  7. Yvonne on

    What a wonderful timing, I am sharing a little of my knowledge around to my friends and I will give them this little test which will really amuse them for sure. Thank you very much.

  8. Dr.Aradhana Srivastava on

    Good Morning Robert,
    If a Homoeopath can try and be less and less prejudiced.More he may feel connected to his own vital force,that will certainly hep him perform better as a homoeopath.he will evolve as a better person.
    I get enriched reading ur every article.And to respond to it is my pleasure.
    Thank you

  9. mah-jabeen on

    Robert, this is very helpfull artical for me thanks

  10. Muhammad Nuruzzaman on

    Dear sir,
    An well experienced physician may also fall in the grasp of prejudice.He may get patients with symptoms similar to previously treated patients and get himself prejudiced.


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