EROS, THANATOS and the “humors” Greek Medicine #Ecopsychology

The early Greeks did not have the kinds of psychology we have in 2014.  I’m sure a scholar like James Hillman might have filled you in on all that.  He’s one of my favorites.  In school in 1995 — my professor Ginette Paris stated that we live in the age of anxiety.  I expect that is true.  If one thinks of things like Hiroshima or the ability man has with the arms race and how that might wipe everything away in one second flat.  Why was it even created?

Man warring with other men.

Women don’t like war.  It just hurts people.

So what was psychology all about in the times of the earliest civilizations?

Of course humans suffered the same things that they do now — heartbreak, depression, loss and so forth.  And then there is love.  Eros and psyche.  Here is an image of these two:

LOVE is the cure for many, many things on this old earth of ours.

When people are in love they are not in a state of war.  Which is one of the reasons I choose to write literary erotica.  Suppose women were in a constant state of being ravished sexually.  By men that actually loved them.  This would be a very good thing.  Men would not want to make war.

In 2014, all we have is war.

How tragic is that?

The Greeks were highly erotic people.  People that live in the sunny countries usually are.  The sun bathes them and they don’t wear many clothes.  People feel happy in the sun.  All over the world.

The Greeks had what they called the HUMORS for various personalities.  Here is the wikipedia on all that:

Four temperaments

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the “four humors” in Greco-Roman medicine, a specific form of the more universal proto-medical concept of humorism. For George Balanchine’s 1946 ballet, see The Four Temperaments (ballet). For the symphony by Carl Nielsen, see Symphony No. 2 (Nielsen).

Choleric, melancholic, sanguine, and phlegmatic temperaments

Four temperaments is a proto-psychological theory that suggests that there are four fundamental personality types, sanguine (pleasure-seeking and sociable), choleric (ambitious and leader-like), melancholic (analytical and quiet), and phlegmatic (relaxed and peaceful). Most formulations include the possibility of mixtures of the types.

The Greek physicianHippocrates (460–370 BC) incorporated the four temperaments into his medical theories as part of the ancient medical concept of humorism, that four bodily fluids affect human personality traits and behaviors. Later discoveries in biochemistry have led modern medicine science to reject the theory of the four temperaments, although some personality type systems of varying scientific acceptance continue to use four or more categories of a similar nature.

Read a little about that and see which one seems to fit with you the most.

To get from a place of Thanatos to EROS requires little except learning to laugh at life and death.

Start laughing and life gets a lot sexier, it really does.  I have been laughing for days now.  I feel happy.

I think I’ll buy some sexy lingerie too.

I love all that.

Being essentially sanguine in nature.

Lace does it for me as well as heterosexuality.

Figure out what works for YOU!

And have some fun while you are at it!

xxoo!

Adrienne

(who truly believes that the world could be a lot less complicated if we look back at our ancestors and how they coped).