Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Albert Einstein's Greatest Discovery

In biological psychiatry, the doctor is a physicalist. He looks exclusively for physical explanations of mental illness.

Psychotherapy, in contrast, is concerned with the mind, which is nonphysical. Often, it dismisses organic brain chemistry.

Notice that both sides appear to mistake the part for the whole. Each is overlooking the other side of the same coin.

The view, then, of human nature becomes incomplete. Unintegrated.

Albert Einstein, the famous scientist of the theory of relativity, shows us the whole coin. He was holistic and integrative.

According to him, the physical brain and the mind are complementary. They exist conjointly. Each is irreducible and indispensable to the other.

Indeed, Einstein's holism was evidenced when he later claimed that ...

"every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe - a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble" (as quoted in Abrams and Primack, 2000)

Albert Einstein, even though he's a physicalist scientist, offers us here the nature of spirituality as part of humankind.

He professed this personal belief by further saying, "The more I study science, the more I believe in God."

A long time ago, I started traversing the deeper spaces of psychiatry and psychology.

I did experience the incompleteness, the lack of integration within these fields.

When I discovered spirituality, as Albert Einstein did, it spanned the divide in my understanding of complete mental healthcare.

"I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details," Einstein said to express his longing.