Structuralism and the Plant Kingdom, Vol I: The Monocots
byStephanie Nile, BSc, Homeopath N.WC.H. Manchester, UK
This book builds a bridge which connects the concepts of the 'Stages' in the mineral kingdomwith the plant kingdom.
The concept of the mineral stages is expanded to encompass the plants. To accomplish this Iclarify and redefine the stages using a popular paradigm borrowed from modern psychology -the Big Five personality Trait Inventory.Modern science has a very strong tendency to attempt to define everything quantitatively,even that which defies such treatment by its very nature. Nevertheless the Big Five paradigmhas emerged to bring quantitative order to the field of the subjective.Its personality traits are now widely accepted by Psychologists, employers and personneldepartments as a meaningful way of measuring individual potential, and many largecompanies include this kind of personality testing and evaluation as part of their induction programme. They are all looking for the traits that make a good employee and by and largethese are the traits that society demands of any definition of tip-top mental health and well being. In this paradigm the traits that society values are conscientiousness, creativity,assertiveness and so on, and these values have shaped the modern workplace. These are thetraits that enable a potential employee to go far - and or course to benefit the employer in that process.This is a rather functional definition of health and well being, it is not representative of thetotality of any human being as a Homeopath would understand it, but it pervades our attitudeto such an extent that an entire, multi-million industry of coaching and counselling has blossomed.