Healing Minds, Bodies, Nations, and the Planet

The Value of Postformal Thought
  • Jan D. Sinnott
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Healers are those who can bind broken things together and make things whole again. Those who heal minds or bodies or nations arrive at their task with an extremely important asset. They have a larger vision of the unbroken mind or body or nation in its state of wholeness, that “good” state that will obtain after the healing takes place. The psychotherapist, the medical diagnostician, the conflict resolution mediator, the peacemaker in the Middle East, the man or woman working toward sustainable ecological improvements must all envision a final outcome that brings together the different realities of the warring sides of the self, or of nations, or of differing resource needs in the global community. Without a way to imagine the fragmented realities together in some larger plan, no healing can take place. On a cognitive level, those realities seem to be bridged by means of postformal thought.


Conflict Resolution Appellate Court True Believer Postformal Thought Holistic Medicine 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan D. Sinnott
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  1. 1.Towson UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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