Homeostasis paradigm

Wellness is about staying within the green zone

 

If wellness is defined as

The green zone

 

The "H=" represents the Homeostatic optimal equilibrium point, where any level above is increasingly more than optimal and any level below is decreasingly less than optimal. The "H+" represents the upper limit for optimal functioning, as does the "H-" for the lower limit. Fluctuations within this green zone typically does not prompt agonizing discomfort or obsessive desire.

 

The yellow zone

 

Moving above and below this green zone, into the yellow zone, is where our attention begins to be consumed with an urgency for some kind of relief. Whether craving for what seems desperately missing or trying to remove an apparent source of pain, functioning tends to become narrowly focused. Intuitively we realize little else can matter until this issues gets resolved.

 

The red zone

 

The "H++" and "H--" represent those points where deprivation—too much or too little of something—begins to present a threat to one's wellbeing. The body may go into shock, pulling in all available energy for its threatened self-preservation. Long-term or permanent damage may result, not only visibly but in less visible forms impacting one's psychological health.

The second provisional principle for indigentology presumes all need experience is based on the process of homeostasis.

 

Homeostasis is a relatively new name for a concept that has been around for a long time.

 

The more something departs from its homeostatic equilibrium the more urgently we experience it as an attention grabbing need.

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Homeostasis

 

The "H=" represents the Homeostatic optimal equilibrium point, where any level above is increasingly more than optimal and any level below is decreasingly less than optimal. The "H+" represents the upper limit for optimal functioning, as does the "H-" for the lower limit. Fluctuations within this green zone typically does not prompt agonizing discomfort or obsessive desire.

 

 

Concluding remarks

 

The "H++" and "H--" represent those points where deprivation—too much or too little of something—begins to present a threat to one's wellbeing. The body may go into shock, pulling in all available energy for its threatened self-preservation. Long-term or permanent damage may result, not only visibly but in less visible forms impacting one's psychological health.

 
The green zone maintained

 

The "H=" serves as the anchor around which each oscillating level cycles. To preserve optimal performance, homeostasis regulates .

This depends on the availability of resources to maintain balance.

 

Reliable resources

 

Moving above and below this green zone, into the yellow zone, is where our attention begins to be consumed with an urgency for some kind of relief. Whether craving for what seems desperately missing or trying to remove an apparent source of pain, functioning tends to become narrowly focused. Intuitively we realize little else can matter until this issues gets resolved.

 

Working together

 

The "H++" and "H--" represent those points where deprivation—too much or too little of something—begins to present a threat to one's wellbeing. The body may go into shock, pulling in all available energy for its threatened self-preservation. Long-term or permanent damage may result, not only visibly but in less visible forms impacting one's psychological health.

Into the yellow zone temporarily

 

The "H=" represents the Homeostatic optimal equilibrium point, where any level above is increasingly more than optimal and any level below is decreasingly less than optimal. How much one's need grabs their attention depends in large measure to how far it deviates from its optimal point of equilibrium. Fluctuations within this green zone typically does not prompt agonizing discomfort or obsessive desire.

 

Houston, we have a problem

 

Moving above and below this green zone, into the yellow zone, is where our attention begins to be consumed with an urgency for some kind of relief. Whether craving for what seems desperately missing or trying to remove an apparent source of pain, functioning tends to become narrowly focused. Intuitively we realize little else can matter until this issues gets resolved.

 

Repeatedly slipping into the yellow zone

 

The "H++" and "H--" represent those points where deprivation—too much or too little of something—begins to present a threat to one's wellbeing. The body may go into shock, pulling in all available energy for its threatened self-preservation. Long-term or permanent damage may result, not only visibly but in less visible forms impacting one's psychological health.

Adjustable red zone

 

The "H=" represents the Homeostatic optimal equilibrium point, where any level above is increasingly more than optimal and any level below is decreasingly less than optimal. The "H+" represents the upper limit for optimal functioning, as does the "H-" for the lower limit. Fluctuations within this green zone typically does not prompt agonizing discomfort or obsessive desire.

 

Acclimating to routine pain and harm

 

Moving above and below this green zone, into the yellow zone, is where our attention begins to be consumed with an urgency for some kind of relief. Whether craving for what seems desperately missing or trying to remove an apparent source of pain, functioning tends to become narrowly focused. Intuitively we realize little else can matter until this issues gets resolved.

 

Point of no return

 

The "H++" and "H--" represent those points where deprivation—too much or too little of something—begins to present a threat to one's wellbeing. The body may go into shock, pulling in all available energy for its threatened self-preservation. Long-term or permanent damage may result, not only visibly but in less visible forms impacting one's psychological health.

 
 
 
 
 

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Yellow zone

Red zone

Green zone

When it starts becoming a problem

 

If wellness is defined as

Slipping into the danger zone

 

If wellness is defined as

Keeping this all in balance

 

If wellness is defined as

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The word homeostasis is of relatively recent origin. It was coined by Walter Bradford Cannon in 1926. Cannon based it upon Claude Bernard's earlier milieu intérieur. The concept itself has ancient roots in Greek thinking.

 

It also has deep roots in the way Native Americans traditionally viewed the world. They appreciated life as interdependent between their internal and external environments, including the ultimate environments of Mother Earth and Father Sky.

 

This site taps into my own Native American paradigm using the wellness wheel, or sacred circle diagram, to illustrate what is now called homeostasis. The wellness wheel helps to illustrate how our self-regulating interior environments (e.g., temperature level, fluid level) is kept in balance with its exterior environments.

 

In this opening paradigm of indigentology, everything we can label as need relates back to this homeostatic process. In a closed system, the need remains internal. For example, maintaining an optimal blood pulse does not require some specific external item.

 

When we think of needs we are typically looking at open systems, in which we need something outside of ourselves to restore something of balance inside ourselves. For example, how we intake water that is outside of ourselves to restore our body's optimal fluid balance.

 

 

As used here, homeostasis is understood as having an optimal zone (in green), a safe zone (in yellow), and a danger zone (in red). Internal systems remaining largely within the green zone does not call much of our attention.

 

We attend to them automatically, as if on autopilot, as when the resource is abundant. When was the last time you worried about quenching your thirst, or recall using the restroom?

 
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