Pphysical Equilibrium

Unraveling the Complexities of Balance in Psychological and Social Context

BY: Neighbors’ Consejo|

Balance, a fundamental concept pervading various facets of human existence, serves as a cornerstone for individual wellbeing, interpersonal relationships, and societal harmony. Rooted in the interplay between stability and flexibility, balance embodies a dynamic equilibrium that enables individuals to navigate the complexities of life with grace and resilience. Whether striving for harmony in personal endeavors, seeking equilibrium in social interactions, or pursuing stability amidst turbulent times, the quest for balance remains an enduring pursuit across cultures and civilizations.

Mehernosh Chhayela, Senior Consultant at Axiomatic Ventures, affirm “balance encompasses both internal and external elements of our lives. Understanding and addressing these elements is crucial for achieving overall equilibrium. The internal elements include the mind, heart, and health, while the external elements involve work, social life, family, and fun. Let’s explore each of these areas and discuss affective strategies for finding balance within them.”

On the other side, Thomas Merton considers “happiness [is] not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony”. That is why it is important to mention the Heider’s Balance theory in psychology; “it proposes that people strive for cognitive consistency in their attitudes and perceptions, particularly in triadic interpersonal relationships. It suggests that when there is an imbalance, there is a motivational drive to restore balance, either by changing attitudes or perceptions.”

To give an example of the Theory, “if two people are equally invested in a relationship, it can be said that balance is achieved. This balance ensures than two people can co-exist together in peace, without any overwhelming tension. Now, if one person is more invested in the relationship than the other one, disequilibrium or imbalance occurs.”

Additionally, the National Library of Medicine published “Psychological Balance Scale: Validation Studies of an Integrative Measure of Well-Being,” where their authors try to explain how the “studies infer psychological balance from the absence of psychopathology”. In conclusion, in the literature “absence of psychopathology infers Psychological Balance, which is associated with psychological continuity across time and an ability to cope with daily challenges.”

That is why is important to remember that in the pursuit of balance, individuals often find themselves navigating a delicate equilibrium between competing demands and priorities. Whether it be juggling professional responsibilities with personal aspirations, or striving to maintain harmony amidst conflicting emotions and obligations, the quest for balance represents a dynamic interplay between stability and adaptability.

The Kennedy Chiropractic Center recommends five tips to maintain and improve balance:

  1. Make balanced exercises part of your daily routine.
  2. Try “dual” tasking.
  3. Add chiropractic adjustments to your health routine.
  4. Make healthy food choices.
  5. Practice Tai Chi.

In conclusion, the exploration of balance reveals its profound significance as a guiding principle for individual wellbeing, interpersonal relationships, and societal dynamics. Through this inquiry, we have illuminated the multifaced nature of balance, encompassing its psychological and socio-cultural dimensions.


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