Homeopathy Tips for 6/11/13 Compensation

Inherent to the human condition is survival; physical survival and survival of the ego, our sense of self. In fact, equally as important as the physical survival of our body is the work of the ego. At all times it is doing it’s work to convince us that we are still thriving and doing the best our “self” can. At all times it is very concerned with how we appear to others and whether or not our “self” is threatened.

Out of the need for survival of the ego comes behaviors that are always serving us well. These are choices that we make to ensure that the “self” survives. Often times these behaviors will eventually get us into trouble, but we would not make them if they were not serving this sense of self. Everyone is always doing the best they can. If they could do better they would.

Those aspects of ourselves that feel threatened when in relationship to others often lead to behaviors that are a form of compensation for a perceived weakness or inadequacy that we carry. Sometimes they are an exaggeration of a positive quality and other times they are perceived as a negative quality depending on the “weakness” we are compensating for.

Understanding how a person is doing compensation can be tricky for the homeopath. One must be a very good unprejudiced observer and know human nature well. Having a clear model of what is health and what is dis-ease is also very important. The compensation that one person may be doing is not necessarily the same in another, even though the behavior may be the same. One needs to understand the totality of a person to make the clear observation about what a compensating behavior may be.

Compensation usually is employed when the opposite belief or feeling is present in a person. They are often times unaware of the their behavior as being compensation. But what makes a compensating behavior for a person is their ability to choose the behavior or not. Therapy often is helpful for a person in working out compensating behaviors. They learn new tools to compensate for their weakness. Once the tools are employed the person can choose to do the compensating behavior rather than express the undesirable trait. What is unfortunate though is the fact that the undesirable trait has not changed energy at all. Only the outward compensating behavior has changed. This is when understanding compensation  is necessary for the homeopath. Otherwise he/she may miss the real dis-ease lying under the compensation.

An uncompensated behavior or feeling is one that is not suppressed and is expressed naturally. Compensating behaviors or feelings are never expressed through the natural expression of the vital force and require effort. They are always made by choice to counterbalance the opposite feeling or act. Lets look at some examples of compensation.

  • When a person belongs to a religion or social group that prohibits violence or malice they may not show these emotions, even though they feel them. But underlying the proper behavior is a hatred that rarely gets expressed towards others. This “kind” person is expressing the compensation for the hatred.
  • A person with a low self esteem and lack of confidence must present to the world an image of confidence and self-assurance. This could be required by their job or a learned state from childhood. The air of confidence is a compensation for the lack of confidence that is the underlying natural state.
  • In a married couple, if both partners are insecure and irresolute, then the weaker of the two becomes the dependent one and exhibits uncompensated behaviors. The stronger of the two must then carry the strength for the relationship and compensate. He/she will exhibit more decisiveness and strength to compensate for his own weakness, and that of the partners, to maintain a balance in the relationship that works.

Children rarely live in a compensated state. They usually receive the first levels of compensation from their second year on when discipline becomes more frequent as the uncompensated state is no longer tolerated by the family or society. As they learn more self control and the “rules” of the social group, more of their behaviors become willful and compensate for the free expression of the vital force.

When receiving a case pay close attention to the things a person does or says that are expressed with some level of intensity. Usually this comes from a compensated state. When themes appear in the story or a thought gets repeated often, this is usually another indication of what may be a compensated state. Always look to the opposite of what they are saying and you may find the real root of the dis-ease. And remember that in every case it is the testimony of the individual and the relationship they have to their world that will indicate compensation or not. Never are any two cases the same. This applies also to compensated states. What is compensation for one person may not be for another. Getting clear about what is health and what is dis-ease will make this process easier.

2 comments so far

  1. celes on

    Dear Robert,

    Article is impressive and informative. I would like you to enlighten me with your professional advice about my Aunty.

    She is 85 years old and her memory is become weak. Every night she says that she sees robbers and during the day she sees people messing around the house. She keeps on talking repeatedly about this. Inspite of we telling her there is no body. We told her to say prayers. But she never listens and like to do what her mind tells her to do without consciously knowing what is right or wrong.

    I would be grateful if you could give your valuable and professional advice about it.



    • Robert Field on

      Hi Celes,
      The rubric is delusions, Sees Robbers. Remedies are Ars, Cann-i, con, Cupr-Acet, Glyc-g, Lach, lsd, merc, Nat-mur, sanic, sil, sol-t-ae. Without knowing more other than memory I can not say which remedy it is. But I would look at each of these and see which one feels best. Good luck,

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