Viewing the 6 Genotypes Through the Lens of the Autism Spectrum

“Autism” by Hepingting https://flic.kr/p/95h8gu

 

I’d like to lay out for you the Constitutional Genotypes from the Autism perspective to make it easier for you to see them through the lens this condition. Let’s look at the spectrum of typology from the quiet Silicea at the top of the equation, as the quietest, most insular in comparison to the bottom of the spectrum with Sulphur being the most loud and verbose.

I will do my best, then to fill in the middle parts for you so that you can see how the typical autism child is reflected within Heilkunst. Perhaps that way, you will see how giving that child their Constitutional Remedy would help to round out their Autistic edges while en route to curing the cause of their ills.

  • Silicea – is well behaved, morally sound, quiet, homebody preferring his own company to being with others. He can suffer OCD patterns to the extreme if faced with new circumstances that he does not feel comfortable with. Siliceas can feel lost in their own little world and parents will say that they’re almost invisible.

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    “sanda-child-silhouette-cutout-1936” by Fabrice Florin https://flic.kr/p/iF29mc

  • Lycopodium – are described as ruling the roost. They’re persuasive, sneaky, manipulative and bossy. They’ll generally be obsessed with money. Deep inside, they fear that they’re not smart enough for the task before them and will wangle you with excuses why they can’t step up.
  • Calcarea Carbonica – love their rituals and systems. They will drive their parents crazy with their stubborn rituals, routines and systematic methodologies. They’re detail-oriented to the extreme, rarely letting things go, and will seemingly create more obstacles, roadblocks and reasons for making things as difficult as possible for themselves and others.

    “drenched in starlight.” by Charlotte McKnight https://flic.kr/p/9YNGAd

  • Phosphorous – have an overactive imagination, creating a life of fancy and mysticism that is entirely ungrounded. They can feel like a floaty kite without a string. They will speak constantly of fairies and mystical pets and seem to have two feet in an entirely made up world where things are much better than reality. They’re beyond talkative and their constant expressions might try the patience of any parent, if they weren’t so delightfully charming!
  • Pulsatilla – are needy, clingy and constantly hiding behind Mom’s or Dad’s trousers if in the Spectrum. They have a difficult time mustering the confidence to engage with others, preferring to play with their dolls or find sweets to eat. They want others to conform to playing house with them to the exclusion of all other play. They tend to be puffy and swollen.
  • Sulphur – are the most aggressive, enraged and “radial” of all the Genotypes. They will smear feces on the wall, aggressively hit, kick, bite and suffer screaming tantrums that will cause the most patient parent to lose it. Sulphurs only want their way and are almost impossible to appeal to with reason when they get all wound up.

“012|365” by Steven Worster https://flic.kr/p/bwT92L

My hope is that this is a help to you. Are you able to see more clearly which Genotype might be a best fit for your child?  Let us know if you want to clarify anything mentioned here.

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Know Thyself

This blog is part of a series; its original title was Heilkunst Basics : Grade Twelve (“Know Thyself”)

I have previously described the homeopathic constitutional types (6 genotypes, and 6 phenotypes), and at this point, I want to further contextualize them within our ongoing exploration of the Heilkunst curriculum of health. From a practical point of view, prescribing for the patient’s genotype and/or phenotype is one of the first therapeutic acts I take inside the consult room. The larger question, though, is to figure out exactly where they fit into Heilkunst in terms of its structure of three primary jurisdictions (Regimen, Medicine, and Education).

At first glance, it would seem obvious that the prescription of a specific homeopathic remedy for the genotype falls within the realm of ‘medicine’, since a medicinal substance (ie a so-called ‘homeopathic remedy’) is being applied to make a specific change in the patient. This assumption is wrong, as you’ll see once you realize that the realm of Medicine involves the application of a medicine to cure a specific disease. The application of the constitutional remedy, on the other hand, is not being applied to cure any state of disease, but rather as a means to balance the underlying state of health. This falls, then, into the realm of Regimen, which has the job of dealing with imbalances.

The story doesn’t end there, though! Aside from using the constitutional remedy in this Regimenal application, leveraging your own self-knowledge through knowing your genotype opens into the beginnings of the third jurisdiction (Education). While our whole identity contains much more than just our genotype, it does provide a kind of stepping stone into the larger imperative of “know thyself!”. While identifying someone’s genotype may sometimes be a very entertaining party trick, the exercise of knowing yourself is much more in-depth and multi-dimensional. These unfold along the pathway of our in-built desire program and resonance function.

These questions of “who am I?” and “what do I want to do with my life?” are perfectly placed at the end of our high school curriculum, when the patient is now properly prepared to enter the highest jurisdiction of Therapeutic Education.

The Periodic Table : Another Look At The Homeopathic Constitutions

The six genotypes (basic homeopathic personality types) are made up of four mineral remedies, and two plant. The four mineral remedies each appear on the periodic table, and studying them from this perspective sheds further light on the essence of these types. By examining the location of each of the elements on the periodic table, its implicit core theme illuminates another dimension of each of these constitutional types.

The four mineral genotypes are : sulphur, calcarea carbonicum, phosphorous, and silicea. Here is there theme according to their place on the periodic table, and what it illuminates about the constitutional type:

  • Sulphur — appearing on the third row of the periodic table, it is a theme related to identity. The specific focus of sulphur is the dichotomy between pride and arrogance. Understanding the sulphur constitution in contrast to the silicea type, we can see that we are looking at the difference between our lower and higher ego functions respectively. There is no type which has a greater sense of their (lower ego) self than sulphur, and when healthy, they are incredibly grounded in the reality of here and now.
  • Calcarea Carbonicum — This element appears on the fourth row of the periodic table, which embodies issues of security. This remedy in particular is particularly structured around the issues of risk versus safety. At their best, they can be an incredible foundation to a family or community, and at their worst, they can leave much of their own potential untapped as the high price they pay to attain security, and to avoid any risks.
  • Phosphorous — Like sulphur, this is also an element on the third row of the periodic table, centred around issues of identity. The specific issue here is around the strength of their boundaries and sense of self. When healthy, this shows up as a very lively social activity, with much exchange of energy and communication with the people around them, but when unhealthy, you see someone who doesn’t know who they are beyond reflecting the identity of those around them. Attaining a true sense of independence is the struggle for phosphorous.
  • Silicea — Also from the third row (identity issues), the core theme here relates to a fundamental performance anxiety. At its worst, this can lead to some of the most intense forms of perfectionism, and an inability to reveal their true thoughts or work into a public space. This can become a form of high rigidity, and ultimately a very weak or brittle immune system. Sulphur’s greatest strength (grounded ego) is silicea’s greatest weakness — they can have a tremendous fear about being ‘seen’ by others, and therefore judged by standards which they feel impossible to meet.

The remaining two genotypes, lycopodium and pulsatilla are plant-based remedies, and are not on the periodic table, and would need to be examined within a context looking at the meaning of different plants.

Homeopathic Constitutional Types : Which One Are You?

So, did you recognize yourself in one of the six genotype descriptions?

For some of you, it was relatively easy to spot your own type, and less easy for others. That’s about par for the course even inside the consult room when I am typing a patient for their genotype. Some I know virtually instantaneously, and some take some time of getting to know the person before the genotype comes into focus.

Often, the issue is that the patient will identify with two or more of the genotypes, not being clear about which one is their fundamental. This is largely due to the fact that the six genotypes are grouped into two distinct triads. When I have to work at figuring someone’s genotype out, one of the first things I’ll differentiate is which triad they belong to — the upper (Silicea, Phosphorous, Pulsatilla), or the lower (Sulphur, Calcarea, Lycopodium)? Everyone tends to express up to two or even all three of the genotypes of their triad, rotating through them at different times of the day, or seasons of the year, or to adapt to different circumstances.

There is always one single genotype which is the fundamental for each person, but ultimately, the healthier we become, the more we express all six aspects of being human, constitutionally speaking. This is one reason why it sometimes takes time to identify the fundamental genotype. The paradox is, that the healthier we become, the more clear our fundamental genotype appears, yet the more we also express all six.

Another aspect which can make finding the genotype tricky, is that our personality is made up of more than just the homeopathic constitution. There are personality elements contributed from our blood type, our dominant glandular type, our astrological sign, and so on. Elements of our gender and our cultural background also make up various parts of how our personality appears in the world. All this, however, doesn’t take away from the fact that each genotype is clear, and can be apprehended as a distinct entity within us, and can be positively affected by the corresponding homeopathic remedy, as opposed to any abstract personality typing system (see the magazines at the grocery store check-out for examples) which doesn’t root itself into anything real within nature.

I know a number of people who resist the idea of typology, which I suppose is an expression of the feeling of their unique individuality. Typology and individuality don’t contradict each other, but are two dimensions we partake of in our make-up. Getting to know both your typological aspects, and your unique individuality will contribute to the unfolding of your highest state of health.

Homeopathic Constitutional Types : Calcarea Carbonicum

Calcarea Carbonica is one of the three IQ remedies, along with Silicea and Lycopodium. They possess the most down-to-earth and practical intelligence, compared to the more abstract thinking of Silicea, with Lycopodium falling halfway in between. They are typically found as the natural marriage partner for Sulphur, forming one of the spherical-radial combinations, being the spherical or containment force for the very radial Sulphur constitutional type.

They are characteristically very down to earth and affable. They tend to be very community-minded, being comforted by tradition and history. They generally take a very plodding, systematic approach to everything they do, and can become extremely stubborn if someone attempts to change their rhythm. They will have a tendency towards workaholism, from the fact that they don’t like to leave something they are working on before it is done.

One of the key words of Calcarea is ‘security’ : the most likely source of anxiety for them is anything which threatens their sense of security, whether in terms of the financial security in their life, or even something new in their life which disturbs their daily or weekly routines. They may have any number of fears about security, and will tend to be in the category of emotional eaters. They can tend to carry extra weight, which is a physical representation of clinging to something for a sense of security.

An artistic image that makes me think of Calcarea, is the moment in the first Lord of the Rings movie, where Frodo pauses on the path he is walking, turns to Sam to say that they are crossing the point representing the furthest he has every been from home. Hobbits, in general, display this Calc feeling of being strongly community-minded, and highly focussed on creature comforts including super-regular meals (“second breakfast”).

Although their general tone is very easy going, they can become as stubborn as a mule, and dig their heels in if they feel rushed, or otherwise forcibly interrupted from what they were in the middle of. They may often take on too much, to the point of feeling overwhelmed, when they will shut down.

They are highly intelligent, especially for more concrete facts and practical knowledge. They are very systematic thinkers, and like to understand how things work together as a whole. Children famously are always asking “why?”, but this question is that much more critical for the Calcarea child who seeks to understand the systematic basis behind all different pieces of knowledge.

Physically, they tend to suffer illness related to the glandular system. They can tend towards hypochondria, and a feeling when they’re sick that they’ll never become well again. They can have a deep fear that they will be perceived as slow or stupid, which is not true, as they simply “march to their own drummer”.

 

Resources:

  • Podcast “Man Afraid of Everything” – autobiographical portrayal of the Calcarea state of mind of trepidation for many things in life.