Understanding the mind will…
+ decrease suffering. (click to expand)
Condensing the entire experience of being human into the First Mind results in the feeling of being constricted, a kind of claustrophobia. Broadening our perspective into the Second Mind is like releasing a pressure valve, decreasing the experience of suffering.
+ decrease the medicalization of human beings.
Relentless advertising tells us about treatments we need for diagnoses we didn’t know we had. We are susceptible to this because of First Mind ideas that keep us believing in a mechanical version of ourselves that can only be tuned up with pills and procedures. A Second Mind perspective of ourselves reveals a fuller identity that is less susceptible to over-medicalizing human problems and more capable of addressing them.
+ transform our understanding of “mental illness.”
Stigma around "mental illness" exists because we don't know what the mind is or where the mind is, and so we fear the mind. To answer these questions and engage the mind more effectively, we must shift to a Second Mind perspective.
+ improve the quality and experience of end-of-life care.
Disproportionately high end-of-life care costs are a symptom, not the problem. The problem is our understanding of life, birth, and death are incomplete. An exploration of the Second Mind will bring insight to the processes of birth and death, helping us make choices that are aligned with our deeper values and understanding.
+ establish self-awareness, self-care, and responsibility as cornerstones of health and healthcare.
With increased understanding comes increased awareness, ability, and responsibility to care for ourselves and each other more completely. We must do what we can do personally so healthcare can do what it does best.
+ emphasize the study and practice of health.
The majority of a physician's training focuses on pathology—the study of what is wrong. We need to broaden our focus to also understand the science of health and human potential, without which we can only have a disease-care system.
+ yield new, low-cost mechanisms of healing and cure.
Our bodies already know how to overcome infections and heal wounds. Maybe they can do more. As we explore the Second Mind, we will discover new mechanisms of healing and cure that are innate to the human being.
+ increase health while decreasing costs in healthcare.
As self-awareness, self-care, and salutology become more prominent, the incidence and severity of chronic diseases will decrease. Add to this the new mechanisms of healing we will discover and we have a recipe for decreasing healthcare costs while increasing health and wellbeing.
+ shift power to patients and the public.
Expert knowledge is currently centralized within the healthcare industry, but there is a great deal of untapped knowledge that resides with patients and the public in general. This intuitive understanding of the mindbody can be accessed via the Second Mind.
+ help address physician burnout/abuse.
The physician suicide rate is twice that of the general population and over half of U.S. physicians are "burned out," meaning they feel disconnected from their work. Disconnection happens because of a First Mind philosophical framework that mechanizes and incentivizes the human being as a machine. A Second Mind framework, on the other hand, places the full experience of being human front and center, where it belongs. Understanding the Second Mind framework will also show us what healthcare is going to look like in the future, helping physicians prepare for coming large-scale changes.
+ re-distribute money in healthcare.
Money in healthcare now flows to a few, large groups. As the Second Mind is better understood, the range of expertise needed in healthcare will increase. Many health facilitators will fill this need, shifting the distribution of money across a wider range.
+ integrate our understanding of science, philosophy, and spirituality.
Our culture generally treats science, philosophy, and spirituality as separate, unrelated topics. In fact, science is always based in philosophical assumptions, and both are always experienced in the context of our personal experience. A Second Mind perspective brings these important pieces together in one place for us to consider.
+ establish a comprehensive foundation for all medical systems around the world, including integrative and mind-body systems.
Meditation can't be fully understood using the same principles we use to understand surgery. Allopathic medicine can't be fully understood using the same principles we use to understand Ayurvedic medicine. An understanding of the Second Mind will help establish a comprehensive foundation that reconciles the many philosohpical and anatomical perpsectives around the world.