Knowledge of defence mechanisms can perhaps make you more fit for life. The major defence mechanisms are found below, and other, less known ones. Alternative remedies are here too: Dr Bach flower essences, homeopathic remedies and some Gem therapy items - all aimed at major defence mechanisms.
There is no good enough reason to idealise alternative treatments or attempts at that. Why? Idealisation tends to cost more than it gives in return. Instead be realistic, fair, and find out of things. It may be wise to take into account that in alternative ventures, there may be no guarantee given of anything, and the public health insurance does not cover it where you live.
If you want to try the three ways that are illustrated below, make sure you have knowhow if you make efforts to heal yourself and close ones. Books and tutors may offer help. If not, seek professional assistance and be willing to pay. First, find the trouble(s) you want to deal with, and select one to three of them at the time. Feel free to choose and blend up to five of them for a "round" of 5-7 weeks at a time. Then take a pause of a week or so, weigh your problems or troubles anew, and choose one or more remedies to try out again, if you do not repeat the first remedies for another 6-7 weeks after a brief pause, for example ten days.
For severe ailments you should go to a doctor. For minor ailments, use such homeopatic-like remedies at your discretion, but tell your doctor of it, and your ailments too, in case they are symptoms of something else - And get proficient supervision if you need it. Play safe. Note the site's disclaimer. If you cannot get a remedy through av pharmacy or health shop, you might want to make it yourself: [How to prepare homeopathic remedies by hand] -- [How Bach essences are made].
Are homeopathic preparations fake medicine without effects other than sugar? Dr Karin Lenger documents there is something about them, after she subjected homeopathic remedies to a new magnetic resonnance method. Through her research, various sides to homeopathic remedies have been measured. A summary and a link to her research report(s): [Link]
The following information is for self-help purposes. Descriptions of how remedies are told to work, whether they do it or not, is found in many books on homeopathy. Some are written for beginners, while others cover a lot more. Boericke's remedy descriptions are at Google Books - ◦One and ◦Two and ◦Three (recommended).
As for taking remedies, here is detailed information:
- The briefing and the crash course complement one another.
Just to make it clear: The suggested remedies to try out are not to be used if such a program interferes with either competent medical diagnosis or medical treatments. [Needed caution]
The defence mechanisms of psychoanalysis are understood as unwholesome manoeuvres aimed at defending the faith in oneself as not too bad, or OK. If such stratagems of the depths become too tense, or conditions very bad, the grip of the defence mechanisms in themselves may become largely unhealthy. There are many such instances.
We typically need to ward off degrading circumstances and persons on the one hand, and build for safety and fluent, all-round living with the other, and so on. Maybe then we can afford to drop some defence mechanisms - because they no longer serve upholding a "good faith" by tricks or many small or major devious means inside.
Also, when defence mechanisms are unhealthy, you should try to get rid of them for the sake of health and recuperation. Relaxing is a good way to find out about things like defence mechanisms. The Freuds (Sigmund and his daughter Anna) used that method, among others.
To try for being instead of seeming. That could help, along with adjusting more or better to who you are deep inside, and how things are, as year follows year.
Alternative and complementary remedies
An alternative remedy is a remedy that is tried out to the preference of medical treatment with prescribed drugs, counselling or other sorts of sessions. The same remedy is complementary if it is tried out along with medical diagnosis and treatment. The uses determine what is alternative and complementary.
The benefits of homeopathic remedies, Bach remedies and Gem water (or Gem references like it):
The parent or self-helper is encouraged to keep a little diary (log) and daily write down how things feel. In this way it may be far easier to note if changes appear in two or three months, and how such changes may be. The net result is of the type "before and after". That is, "Before I started the trying out according to a good plan, my troubles, disorders, symptoms and condition was such-and-such. After the trying-out of some remedies, I feel better - the same - worse."
The codes in this survey
These codes are typically used on the site:
Various remedies are listen alphabetically beneath some of the defence mechanisms. The numbers behind remedies suggest quite general effects (how good the remedies might be for the troubles they are listed under. The informal ranking list goes 0 to 6, with 6 as a postulated general top. However, the ranking is tentative, and comes with many caveats. One is that cases are individal, and that it is good to take into account the totality of symptoms and peculiarities for a person. This is the aim in classic homeopathic note-taking of symptoms, where a schema is used to that end. As a result of this more laborious process, a lower-ranked "general" remedy in the list may be the best. That is one caveat. There are others still. One more is that people understand terms differently. They may mean different things by the same label, such as "Compensation", for example.
Example: Under the heading "Idyllisation", Apatite G 5 is found. This tells the informed reader that a remedy to try out, is the gem remedy "Agathe water" and similarly, a fair amount of Agathe worn on the body close to the skin, and for long. The number 5 suggests it could be very helpful too.
And then the caveat: The very informal ranking-list of presupposed "averages" can be misleading in some sets of circumstances. If someone suffers from "enthusiasm versus appearances" and idyllises things from it, the remedy Diamond may not help so much (2). But if something seduces and causes idyllisation thereby - for example plots of negative snobs, plots of not really good groups, or faking persons - it is supposed that Diamond could up to a lot (up to 6)..
Caveats are really necessary
Not interested in beliefs in remedies? Proficient testing is the way out to find out if a remedy helps against specified troubles and disorders per se (in itself, by itself), and is advocated.
It is far too easy to praise or blame a remedy if marked changes go along with it. Either the remedy works or it does not: If you get better after a trying-out of one or several remedies, you might have become better for other reasons. The same goes for feeling worse and being worse: You might have become worse for other reasons.
Those who feel worse or get worse after trying an alternative remedy, may stop using it. They may next discredit it, the whole treatment system and worse, and rather typically do not take into account that it was possible the remedy helped them, even a lot. But they were not aware of that help because they got worse, and cannot tell they could have got far worse without it.
The same goes for those who get jubilantly worse when their symptoms disappear after a homeopathic cure, for example: They could (theoretically at least) have gotten better anyway (or worse, far worse).
It is for reasons like these that skilled research into the effects of various remedies is rallied here on this site, and not vagaries.
Thus it makes good sense to keep a diary and take notes. If that is done as the Swedish Dr Olov Lindahl tells, it may build up proof by "alternative research".
Basic ideas have to be explained well if much abridged lists are to make sense and be useful. This said, you may not get all the remedies listed below in a pharmacy. But with some luck you could get most of them through MGA in London. They prepare simulated homeopatic remedies and many other sorts of remedies and sell instruments to those who qualify also. [MGA, Magneto Geometric Applications]
Administering homeopathic pellets
You should seek better help if self-help efforts with homeopathic remedies, potencies, dosages and ways of administering the globules do not seem to work well or well enough, or good effects do not last. Perhaps the problems and conditions that need help call for other treatments - complementary or otherwise. Do not get discouraged. It takes time to get very proficient. Consider the wealth of homeopathic literature and opinions, for example. [Homeopathy literature]
The potency rang from D6 to D30 could be fit for beginner's self-help. Homeopathic remedies from pharmacies come in the form of sugar globules or tablets. Grown-ups may suck 10-12 small globules (pellets) once a day, and refrain from all sorts of warm food and from drink for about 15 minutes before and after. Let the globules (pellets) melt on the tongue - or the tablets, if that is what you find; let them melt in the mouth and blend with the saliva, and keep in the mouth for about ten minutes. Then swallow if you stand sugar. If not, let the pellets dissolve in the saliva and spit out after ten minutes.
The remedy is hardly about substance: According to the theory, the influence of homeopathic remedies is absorbed in the mouth, and more specifically the tongue area - around it and beneath it too. There are many other ways to administer homeopathic self-help or family care, but the suck-slowly-and swallow method is much common. ⚬⚪⚬⚪⚬
Saxifraga nivalis 4
Aluminium sulphuricum 6+
Ammonium carbonicum 6
Aristolochia clematis 6+
Cuprum arsenicum 5
Dolichos pruriens 6+
Eupatorium purpurea B 6
Falcon's Eye 5
Hepar sulphuris calcarea 6+
Kalium muriaticum 6
Larix leptolepis B 5
Plumbum metallicum 5
Pothos foetida 6
Rhoisiccus sessilifolia 6
Stachis palustris B 5
Cyclamen persicum 5
Eleutherococcus senticosus B 5
Hepar sulphuris calcarea 4
Aragallus lamberti 6
Ferraria densepunctulata 6+
Saxifraga nivalis 6+
Asclepias aure 6
Gentiana cruc B 6
Kalium oxalicum 6
Arnica montana 5
Ferrum metallicum 6
Mercurius nitrosus 6+
Salix hastata 6+
Taxus baccata 'Dovastonii' 6
Mercurius corrosivus 5
Aesculus carnea B 6
Aesculus hippocastanum B 5
Fagus sylvatica heterophylla 6
Lilium tigrin 6
Arthrospira platensis B 6+
Arundo mauritanica V 6+
Boracid acid 6
Euporbia lathyrus BV 6+
Lachesis muta 5
Menyanthes trifoliata 6+
Strychnos toxifera B 6+++
Aethiops mineralis 6
Arnica montana 6
Fraxinus americana 6
Hepatica triloba 6
Mercurius corrosivus 6
Strychnos nux-vomica 6
Apatite G 5
Aralia race 4
Argentum meta 3
Cypripedium pube 3-4
Kalium muri 6
Ornithogalum umbe B (Star of Bethlehem)
Xantium spin 5
Saxifraga albe 5
Yucca elep 4
Aesculus hippocastanum B 6
Gentiana cruc B 6+
Opal: Fire opal 6
Tiger's Eye 5
Alyssium saxa 6
Falcon's Eye 6
Kalium hydr-oxal 6
Kalium muriaticum 6
Papaver nudicaule B 6
Aristolochia clematis 6
Cuprum arsenicum 6
Cuprum sulphuricum 5
Emetine hydrochloride 5
Hepar sulphuris calcarea 6
Hypericum perfolatum B 6
Hypericum perfolatum V 6++
Manganum sulphuricum 6++
Polygonum viviparum 6++
Stachis palustris B 6
Viburnum tinus 6+
Abies webbiana 6
Adansonia digitata B 6
Agate opal 6
Elymus aren 6
Kalium hydr-oxal 6
Petiveria tetrandra 5
Quartz, Rose quarts 4
Argentum chrystal 6
Apium graveolens (advances: Don't appear too modest, especially when talking)
Arum triphyllum 5
Anagallis arvensis 3
Fagus sylvatica heterophylla 5
Hydrobromic acid 6
Populus tremuloides 5
Cuprum arsenicum 5
Fucus vesiculosis B 5
Lilium maculatum 6
Wyethia helen 5
Asclepias aure 6
Prunus cerasifera B 6+
Ligustrum ovafolium 4
Baryta oxydata 6+
Helichrysum bracteatum 6+
Juniperus horizontalis 'Wiltonii' 6
Populus tremuloides B 6
Arundo mauritanica B 6+
Arundo mauritanica V 6
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Somerset' 6
Dioscorea villosa 5
Papaver nudicaule B 5
Salix vitellina B 6
Thymus serphyllum 5
Viburnum opulus B 6+
Clematis vitalba B 6+
Fittonia verschaffeltii B 6
Influenzinum Bach 'Poly Flu' 6+
Paeonia lactiflora 6+
Santolina neapolitana B 6++
Viola odorata B 6+
Splitting may be looked on as a continuation of unresolved, severe ambivalence (being of "two minds", harbouring weighty, simultaneous and contradictory feelings toward something or someone largely important.
There are more sides to potentised preparations than what has been described here [More]. You may also want to know where to get them. You could try the nearest pharmacy or health store in your country, or ask The Bach Centre for information. There may be other and better ways for you in the country you're inside. It generally helps to check out (look before you leap).
Now well chosen homeopathic remedies, flower essence remedies and other such remedies may or may not help (more or less, for a while or longer, and so on) against some mental disturbances, and perhaps some of the defence mechanisms too, before they have turned severe.
You do not have to have faith in such remedies to try them out for some months. Just trying them is what it comes down to.
It is best to detect and correct disorders and ailings as soon as possible, and before they get serious - or more serious. And preventing them is better still.
Please note that the remedies listed under the ego defence mechanisms are suggestions, and in order to use the suggestions, proficiency in the use of homeopathic remedies and essence remedies "on their own terms", so to speak, is called for. There is much literature about homeopathy and Bach remedies, and less on Gem water and Gem therapy. A book or more is included for each therapy at the bottom of the page, so you can read up on them as you like.
The Church of Good Living for all, unbelievers and believers
In Norway, the state church has believers, half-believers and non-believers as members. Its current foundations are ceremonial displays and life-state rituals. The state church is dwindling, but that is another tale.
If your healing efforts along alternative or complementary lines are unduly thwarted, rise to the church level - get your own little church. In some states it is possible, at least. There are many such churches around today also. If you learn to make fit and fair use of the religious rights, you could end up being allowed to administer Gem Water or similar instead of holy water. It depends on how you go ahead, how you present the Gem Water, and how well you get received. A diploma may be of quite little worth compared to having a Good Living church to run yourself at first. If it grows bigger, accommodate to that again.
Using alternative or complementary remedies may go well in the social circles too, if you refrain from promising too much to those you mean to help. If the rounds of trying-out remedies that you recommend should end up with no perceivable results, these clients of a sort may get disappointed and tell others how little you help, and then some authority may strike down on you like a hawk on a hen. If there is a need to try to hinder that, here is the free suggestion once again:
Set up a Church of Good Living, using the needed formal applications, and dispense Gem water and such things as one regular ceremony in your little church society. If you act like a clergymen who profit from blessed water and the like, including ceremonial displays, it might be good for you and those you try to help. Use of religious freedom may come with tax benefits as well, depending on the circumstances. If you get more than, say, thirty members, you could end up safer or less stigmatised by an uninformed or informed environment than being three or four - as "There is safety in numbers". The more members, the nearer a world religion, for that matter.
If you hold on to scientific sceptism, Buddhism has a basis for you in that. And that signals you might present your church as very liberal Buddhism. "Don't believe, make sure," is a Russian proverb in a similar vein, aligned to Buddha's counsel:
Do not believe something just because it has been passed along and retold for many generations.
Attempts to get more robust and perhaps neat too, could bring on progress. In Dr Eric Berne's TA (Transactional Analysis), making good progress signals getting Game-free. "Game" means hanky-panky in such a jargon. (James and Jongeward 1971) [More on TA, with literature references]
We can work towards health and great health, and maybe there are herbs and other preparations to strenghten us towards it as we go on. There is a book on Ayurvedic herbs included.
Bach, Edward. The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies. Reprint ed. Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon: The Bach Centre, 1952. ⍽▢⍽ Also in the form of an e-book from 2005.
Ball, Stefan. Bach Flower Remedies (Teach Yourself). London: Teach Yourself Books, 2000. ⍽▢⍽ A self-teaching guide written by a Bach Centre expert.
Chancellor, Phillip, ed, comp. Handbook on the Bach Flower Remedies. Reprint ed. Rockford: C. W. Daniel, 1971. ⍽▢⍽ Dr Chancellor cooperated with the Bach Healing Centre. This is an ancillary to Edward Bach's basic work, The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies. The book combines remedy descriptions and case histories. Further, each Bach remedy is compared to similar remedies.
Gienger, Michael, and Joachim Goebel. Gem Water: How to Prepare and Use More than 130 Crystal Waters for Therapeutic Treatments. Findhorn, Forres: Earthdancer, 2008. ⍽▢⍽ Many enthusiastic responses. Some like reading it and some have tried some of the methods.
James, Muriel, and Dorothy Jongeward. Born to Win: Transactional Analysis with Gestalt Experiments. Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley, 1971.
Khalsa, Karta P. S., and Michael Tierra. The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs: A Contemporary Introduction and Useful Manual for the World's Oldest Healing System. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 2008. ⍽▢⍽ Herbs can be helpful to many. Ayurvedic herbs have reached the mainstream of health care, Here is an excellent and easy to read book with appendix, glossary, bibliography, recommended reading suggestions, herbal resources, etc.
Lindahl, Olov, och Lars Lindwall. Vetenskap och beprövad erfarenhet [Science and Tested Experience]. Stockholm: Natur och Kultur, 1978.
Lockie, Andrew and Nicola Geddes: The Complete Guide to Homeopathy the Principles and Practices of Treatment . London: Dorling and Kindersley, 1995.
Smith, Carolyn D. et al., eds. Hilgard's Introduction to Psychology. 14th ed. Belmont: Thomson Wadsworth, 2003.
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