The yin and yang concept, or “Principle of Polarity”, is a foundational, natural law of our creation here. You’ll find a duality in nearly everything. Left/Right. Black/White. Hot/Cold. This principle has many manifestations within our body, as well. It’s a crucial concept when nailing down your health.
When it comes to mental health, in this case information processing, this polarity shows it’s two-sided face again. On one end we have compartmentalized thinking, on the other we have what is known as “holistic” thinking.
Compartmentalized thinking is “left brain” thinking. Calculated. Scheduled. Scientific minded. This is where you focus on specific topics, gathering as much data as you can to formulate your theories with.
This is how our education system teaches us. Chemistry. Biology. Physics. Everything is separated. Our medical system is compartmentalized, too. “Neurologists”, “immunologists”, “oncologists”. Teaching us this way has issues, and is not by accident. It’s easy to fool people when you lead them down one path their whole lives. They may think they are “logical”, but they’re anything but.
Holistic thinking is what is on the other end of the spectrum, this is right brain processing. Intuitive thinking. It is being able feel how the dots of information connect, bringing it all together to solve problems. “Holistic health” workers bring every avenue of what makes some “healthy” into the picture, to find the best path. They’re exploding in popularity and solving many issues that others can’t for a reason. Logic needs intuition to balance it. To make sure you ain’t being “bullsh**ed”. You gut feeling is usually right, right?
We have problems whenever that Yin/Yang duality is out of balance. Our problem in this society now is that we are too compartmentalized, primarily academias fault, but reinforced by cultural habits.
Doctors don’t usually know jack about nutrition, and that’s why they’re having a real tough time ending health epidemics. Too compartmentalized. People have skewed perspective of what’s going on with the world because they don’t see how certain things connect, so hyper focused on one issue that they can’t see the big picture. These are only a couple examples of this imbalance.
If you train yourself to not only be a hardcore left brainer, a “rememberer and regurgitater”, but a badass right brained dot connector, too, you’ll have no issue navigating this world and figuring it out.
99 problems with a fine mind to solve ’em.