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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

h2cm - Being at the center of things [I]

The center of Hodges' model can represent many things:

an epistemological nexus for the transdisciplinary dependencies of our times
multidisciplinary coffee shop

self-care engagement stage

the chaos of all things
holistic harmony
integrated idyll*

More down to Earth and acknowledging this cruciform '+' structure as a mythic device, in addition to searching for the mysteries of the universe at the center we can also place the 'well' person there.

As the previous post on ADLs suggests the 'well' person can function on a basic level and has negotiated the four axes and the four and five fold knowledge domains. They can therefore be considered (sufficiently) wholly integrated. We are all travellers, constantly traversing these domains of experience consciously, unconsciously, expertly or with the awkwardness that denotes the novice.

Conversely and reflecting the model's utility: it is also possible to locate the unwell individual in the center too. In this instance the placement suggests impoverishment of experience, ongoing personal and social stasis and in the case of substance misuse the presence of specific disruptive focus and preoccupations. The person becomes lost to their potential, stuck in a 4:5-fold minima. They continue to travel chronologically, but the journey is spiral, self-iterative and diminishing by return.

However: what you can see you can change, or come to terms with.

*from Greek eidyllion, little picture (h2cm as a snapshot).

Image source: http://www1.lsbu.ac.uk/water/protein2.html

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