Installment 4.2 of a series on case analysis
© Will Taylor, MD 2001 (bio)
A Study of Anacardium according to the dimensions of a M/E symptom
Section 2 - Responses
In the first section of this article, I explored the Stimulus side of the Stimulus - Response equation for Anacardium. I'd like now to turn attention to Responses, or outward behaviors. I've (figuratively) described the nose of the dog; now I'd like to turn attention to the tail and the legs, to see what this dog does with the information the nose acquires from its environment:
stimulus -> disturbance of the "moment of choice" -> RESPONSE
Rubrics in the Response dimension, extracted from the Millenium Synthesis Repertory (as described in the first section of this article), include:
BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS - children; in
Although these may provide some context regarding the settings in which we will see more specific behaviors, these are not very useful rubrics, having such broad, poorly-defined meanings.
The first symptoms in the following list may be classified as well in the "disturbances of the 'moment of choice'" category; but since they also describe observable behaviors, I'll list them here in that context.
TIMIDITY - bashful
TIMIDITY - public; about appearing in
There is a fundamental division in Anacardium between its timid expressions (arising out of the profound loss of self-confidence, which we'll look at when examining the disturbances of the "moment of choice," in the next section of this study), and the many "misanthropic" expressions of this remedy. We find Anacardium listed in the rubrics:
MOOD - alternating
MOOD - changeable
- largely having to do with the dichotomy noted above.
Again, may of the rubrics below are ones we'll re-visit when exploring the distortions of the "Moment of Choice" for Anacardium; but as they also describe in part outwardly observable aspects of behavior, I list them here.
IRRITABILITY - discouragement; with
IRRITABILITY - taking everything in bad part
IMPATIENCE - children; about his
IMPATIENCE - playing of children, by
SUSPICIOUS - walking, while
ANGER - beside oneself; being
ANGER - children; in
ANGER - stabbed anyone; so angry that he could have
ANGER - trifles; at
ANGER - violent
HATRED - children; of
HATRED - revengeful; hatred and
These expressions so far most closely resemble Nux vomica, Lycopodium, Staphysagria, and Natrum muriaticum. Nitric acid - another central remedy in the near-syphylitic ("cancer") miasm - also shows up as highly concordant on these expressions.
Now we're more into the observable expressions, which I'll list below roughly in order of ascending pathology.
The misanthropic expressions of Anacardium are most generally somewhat passive in character, and become overtly aggressive as the pathology deepens. Contrary to the popular stereotyped "portrait" of Anacardium, it is these milder, somewhat passive misanthropic symptoms that are more commonly encountered in clinical practice:
SHRIEKING - rage; during
SHRIEKING - must shriek; feels as though she
SHRIEKING - children, in
BARKING - growling like a dog
IMBECILITY - rage, stamps the feet
GESTURES, makes - childish
GESTURES, makes - stamping the feet
GESTURES, makes - perseverance, with great
SLANDER, disposition to
These expressions most closely resemble Veratrum album and the Solanaceid remedies (Belladonna, Hyoscyamus, Stramonium), as well as Lycopodium and Nux vomica:
Another group of symptoms that cluster together are:
MOOD - repulsive
These expressions most closely resemble Nux vomica, Belladonna, and Lachesis. Also, note the concordance here, once more, of Nitric acid:
Finally, we come to the more aggressive misanthropic behaviors of Anacardium. Although these symptoms describe the often-cited stereotypical portrait of this remedy, it is the passive misanthropic behaviors that are much more often seen in practice.
BLASPHEMY - cursing, and
CURSING - desire to curse
CURSING - rage - in
CURSING - restrain himself in order not to curse; has to
DESTRUCTIVENESS - emotions; destructiveness from suppressed
MALICIOUS - anger, with
ABRUPT, rough - harsh
ABUSIVE - husband - insulting; husband is - wife before children or vice versa
CRUELTY - loves to make people and animals suffer
MANIA - abuses everyone
RAGE, fury - cursing, with
RAGE, fury - violent
DELIRIUM - raging
KILL, desire to
MANIA - demonic
MANIA - rage, with
STRIKING - fists, with
VIOLENT - deeds of violence; rage leading to
LOVE, perversity; sexual
HONOR, sense of honor; no
JOY - misfortune of others; at the
MORAL FEELING; want of
RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS - want of religious feeling
REVERENCE for those around him - lack of
ANGER - himself; with
SADNESS - suicidal disposition, with
SUICIDAL disposition - shooting, by
SUICIDAL disposition - thoughts
SUICIDAL disposition - throwing - height; himself from a
CARESSING - husband and child, then pushes them away; caresses
ESTRANGED - family; from his
ESTRANGED - society, from
AMBITION - increased
In these more aggressive expressions of misanthropy, Anacardium may be seen particularly to superficially resemble Hysocyamus (less so Stramonium and Belladonna), Veratrum album, Nux vomica, and Tarentula hispanica. Nitric acid also shares significant concordance in these expressions.
Miscellaneous expressions not easily classed with those above include:
ANOREXIA NERVOSA - bulimarexia
ANSWERING - aversion to answer
ANSWERING - reflecting long
ANSWERING - slowly
LATE - too late; always
MANIA - alternating with - depression
Both the timidity, and the misanthropic behaviors described above, is incompatible with living gracefully among other people. A variety of symptoms can be classified as compensatory.
The essential thing to understand about compensation is that compensatory behaviors arise from the same disharmony - the same 'delusion' - that they are attempting to compensate for. As such, they cannot "see out of the system", and are constrained by the same disharmony as that for which they are attempting to compensate. More simply put, compensations typically don't work very well, they reveal themselves in their inadequacies, and they fail at critical times.
Compensatory behaviors for Anacardium include:
FASTIDIOUS - prove himself; he has to
<-> IMPETUOUS, etc.
PASSIONATE [= choleric]
PHILOSOPHY - ability for
PLANS - making many plans
<-> TIMIDITY - public; about appearing in
CARESSING - husband and child,
then pushes them away; caresses
EMBRACES - companions, his - hands; his companions'
<-> [v/s most of the
misanthropic behaviors above]
LAUGHING - immoderately
LAUGHING - serious matters, over
ESTRANGED - society, from,
RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS - too occupied with religion
RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS - too occupied with religion - mania
<-> REVERENCE for those around him - lack of
SERIOUS, earnest - absurdities, over
SERIOUS, earnest - ludicrous things, when seeing
<-> CHILDISH behavior
<-> General sensitivity,
ANGER - himself; with, etc.
So, Who's the Dog?
In the first two sections of this article, I've looked at the Sensitivities (nose of the dog) of Anacardium, and the Outward Behaviors or Responses (tail and legs of the dog) of this remedy. The third dimension of this model consists of the Disturbances of the "Moment of Choice" - the inner experience of the individual, which prejudices the individual's sensitivities and determines the individual's outward behaviors. This is the subject of the third and final section of this month's article.