Tuesday, 23 August 2011

What is Trichotomy? Me, Us, and Them / Part 8

It has been my goal in the last few weeks to harmonize the threefold nature of man through a Christian and a humanistic perspective. I stated that understanding our makeup is an essential first step to effective and meaningful living. Furthermore, Garry Jacobs and Harlan Cleveland, co-authors of the Social Development Theory (http://www.icpd.org/development_theory/SocialDevTheory.htm) proposes that society develops in response to the contact and interaction we have with material, social and intellectual environment. The results from these contacts leads to learning on three different levels of our existence. At the physical level, it deals with our control over material processes. At the mental level (intelligence level), it enhances our knowledge; and at the social level (spiritual level), it promotes interaction between people.
I mentioned the work of Dr. Jung the founder of analytical psychology and known for his theories of the Collective Unconscious. He had divided the psyche into three segments. Jung postulated that collective unconsciousness had an unseen connection between one soul to another and additionally, it had a link to a higher order of intelligence.
Through a Christian’s perspective, I quoted scripture from the Apostle Paul in 1 Thes. 5:23;  ‘May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.’
It should be clear by now that we view and experience the world through three filters. We were created that way.

"Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground,[Physical - my emphasis] and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life[spiritual - my emphasis]; and man became a living soul." [Mental - my emphasis]-Genesis 2:7


The authors of the bible avails themselves of the use of metaphors through out the scriptures. A metaphor is often the force that drives a message effectiveness and understanding. The user attempts to bridge two ideas that appears to be unrelated. Subsequently metaphors provide a way in understanding an abstract concept. Trichotomy is no exception.

Apostle Paul refers to man as being the temple of God (and Holy Spirit) in 1 Cor 3:16 and 1 Cor 6:19. Furthermore, in Hebrews 8:5, the Temple High Priest is said to ‘served the copy and shadow of the heavenly things.’ This verse along with others in Hebrew and Colossian suggests that the old was a temporary pattern for the new. It was a metaphor! A metaphor for understanding the mechanism of spiritual living. A sneak peek into peace and harmony.
Simply put, the physical deals with the “ME”; the Mental deals with the “WE”; and the Spiritual solely expresses its concerns for others - “THEY”.  Over-simplified indeed, but a good starting point. All three parts are beneficial in your everyday business of life. However the trio can breed disorder when proper balance is ignored.


TRICHOTOMIC TABLE
Physical
Mental
Spiritual
Instinctive
Intelligence
Intuitive
Physical Senses
Common Sense
Spiritual Senses
5 Senses
Reasoning
Conscience
Personalize
Inter socialize
Socialize
Disassociates
Interrelates
Associates
Self-Serving
Collaborates
Self-Sacrificing
Self-Reliant
Inter-reliant
Co-reliant
Independent
Co-Independent
Dependant
Pain/Pleasure
Experience/Emotions
Moral Belief
Fear
Fact
Faith
Singularity
Singular/plural
Plurality
Self Preservation
Mutual Preservation
Self-Sacrificing
Survival
Evaluates
Edifies

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