Sunday, July 6, 2008

Psychological Homeostasis


Nervous in anticipation of public speaking, waiting for an interview or striken with fears in unfamiliar places? Unfortunately these unpleasant and unwelcome mental states are very natural and essential to human beings. How would like to to remain calm, collected and be in control unwelcome emotions and mental states when they are not needed? One critical factor to be considered is Pyschological Homeostasis.

This is a new term adapted from the word 'homeostasis'.

Homeostasis (from Greek: ὅμος, homos, "equal"; and ιστημι, histemi, "to stand" lit. "to stand equally"; coined by Walter Bradford Cannon) is the property of either an open system or a closed system, especially a living organism, that regulates its internal environment so as to maintain a stable, constant condition. Multiple dynamic equilibrium adjustments and regulation mechanisms make homeostasis possible. The concept was created by Claude Bernard, often considered as the father of physiology, and published in 1865. wiki

Psychological Homeostasis is a neural and physical process that maintain the equilibrium of mental states or equanimity that would enable a human to live and perform at normal levels.

Psychological homeostasis has evolved over millions of years. What is the normal pschological state of the typical human? To describe..

The difference between physiological and psychological homeostasis?
There is a time lapse of recovery between mental states. What are the mechanisms and systems involved. Parasympathetis and sympathetic systems. The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) is a division of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), along with the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and Enteric nervous system (ENS or "bowels NS").

Sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions typically function in opposition to each other in a complementary nature rather than antagonistic. For an analogy, one may think of the sympathetic division as the accelerator and the parasympathetic division as the brake. The main actions of the parasympathetic nervous system are summarized by the phrase "rest and repose" or "rest and digest" (in contrast to the "fight-or-flight" of the sympathetic nervous system). A rarely used (but useful) acronym used to summarize the functions of the parasympathetic nervous system is SLUDD (salivation, lacrimation, urination, digestion and defecation).


What are the potential of psychological homeostasis?
To list - kiv

What are consequences of imbalance psychological homeostasis?
To list - Kiv

How to develop, cultivate and maintain psychological homeostasis.


It is very natural for any human being to get their psychological state to be out of synchrony whenever they are consciously or subliminally faced with long term sustained threats and stressfull situations. Understanding psychological homeostasis will enable one to restabilize one's psychological state to equanimity.

Notes and Related References:
Parasympathetic nervous system

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