The Mind section is one of the largest and perhaps is the most important section of the Repertory. Hahnemann states in the Organon Aphorism #211:
In all cases of disease to be cured, the patient’s emotional state should be noted as one of the most preeminent symptoms . . . If one wants to record the true image of the disease in order to be able to successfully cure it homeopathically. The preeminent importance of the emotional state holds good to such an extent that the patient’s emotional state often tips the scales in the selection of the homeopathic remedy.
The Mind section contains all of the mental and emotional symptoms. Take a few minutes to leaf through the Mind section on p.p. 1-95 and familiarize yourself with the layout.
In the past, homeopathic cases were frequently solved by focusing on physical symptoms. As suppression has increased in relation to allopathic drugging, immunizations, and other suppressive therapies, symptoms have been suppressed deeper and deeper into the organism. This has resulted in the increasing importance of mental and emotional symptoms in helping to find the right remedy.
Cross-referencing is a useful way of making it easier to get around the Repertory. For example, alcoholism is listed under the rubric “Dipsomania.” If you have trouble remembering this, you can write in your repertory the rubric “Alcoholism, See Dipsomania, p. 36” on p. 1. Other times you may want to write in related rubrics. For example, you can find the concept of “Guilt” under “Anxiety of Conscience” on p. 6 and under “Remorse” on p. 71. If you look at these rubrics, you will find that they contain different remedies. You can cross-reference these rubrics by writing the page number of the other rubric next to each one. This will remind you that there are other remedies to consider for a particular concept than simply the ones in the rubric.
It is helpful to try to differentiate the subtle differences between related concepts in the Mind section. For example, if you consider the ideas of jealousy and envy, you may at first use these interchangeably. However, if you look at the remedies in the respective rubrics, you will find that they are different. When you are taking a case, when should you use the rubric jealousy and when should you use envy? Jealousy is usually about a particular person and often has a sexual connotation. A man may be jealous of the way that his wife looks at another man. Envy is more about possessions or things. We may envy another person’s car or new computer. Another related concept is greed which can be found under “Avarice.”
There are many concepts related to sadness. These include:
Loathing Life (62)
Suicidal disposition (85)
Weary of Life (92)
Sadness is more of an inner state of experience, and can be used as synonymous with depression. Grief relates to a particular loss or separation that occurs from the outside. Grief would be appropriate after the sudden death of a loved one. “Inconsolable” is often related to the concept of Grief. There is also a useful rubric, “Love, Ailments From Disappointed” which really means ailments from disappointed love. There is a gradation of intensity of experience from “Brooding” to “Discouraged” to “Despair” to “Weary of Life” to “Loathing Life” to “Suicidal Ideation.” “Brooding” also has the quality of a particular thought pattern associated with the emotion. “Morose” has more of a quality of chronicity and a refusal to see anything positive in life, and is often coupled with irritability. A good example of Morose would be the character Eeyore in the book Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne. Eeyore is always gloomy, complaining, and never happy.
Concepts related to anger include:
Contradict Disposition To (16)
Delirium, Raging (19)
Fight, Wants To (48)
Reproaches Others (71)
Tears Things (87)
Unfriendly humor (91)
“Irritability” relates more to an inner endogenous experience, whereas “Anger” has more of an external focus. We are usually angry “about” something but “feel” irritable. There is a gradation of intensity of experience from “Unfriendly Humor” to “Irritability” to “Quarrelsome” to “Malicious” to “Hatred” to “Rage” to “Violence”. “Misanthropy” is a hatred of mankind. “Indignation” usually has a righteous quality to it and stems from a hurt to one’s ego. “Resentment” is more of an anger that is turned inward and is chronically smoldering. “Censorious” refers to being critical of others.
Anxiety is well represented in the Repertory. Related concepts include:
Mind, Anguish (3)
Mind, Anxiety (4)
Mind, Cares full of (10)
Mind, Fear (42)
Mind, Frightened Easily (49)
Generalities, Anxiety (1345)
Mind, Monomania (67)
Sleep, Dreams Anxious (1236)
Sleep, Dreams Nightmares (1242)
Mind, Starting (82)
Mind, Superstitious (85)
Mind, Thoughts Tormenting (88)
“Anxiety” is an inner experience of emotion. “Fear” has an external focus. I may feel anxious, but I am fearful of taking an exam. “Anxiety about Health” (7) is an important rubric in the repertory and refers to people who are overly concerned about their health, a common problem in our culture. Related concepts here are “Anxiety, Hypochondriacal” and “Fear of Impending Disease.” “Monomania” refers to an exaggerated focus and interest in one particular area or idea to the exclusion of all else. A compulsive person who must wash his hands fifty times daily would fit this rubric. “Anguish” is a deeper state of anxiety that has a component of acute pain and suffering attached to it. With anguish there is also a feeling of helplessness.
Guilt finds its expression in two rubrics in the repertory. These are “Remorse” and “Anxiety of Conscience.” “Remorse” is a deeper and more painful state than “Anxiety of Conscience”, similar to the difference between “Anguish” and “Anxiety.”