I take a developmental approach in chronicling Balanceology where each chapter is built-on the previous chapter. However, in a paradoxical fashion I allow each chapter to appreciably stand alone and on its own merits. I use a thematic style where each chapter has its own theme or topic. Yet, Balanceology is theoretically threaded together with an overall theme of living a balance-center life grounded on inborn need satisfaction. In Chapters 2-21, I concentrate on the theoretical (theory) aspects of my writing (M-1 and M-2). In Chapters 22-29, I give focus to the therapeutic (practice) components (M-3 and M-4). The Theory of Balanceology and the Balancetherapy Treatment Model will be extensively summarized in the Epilogue.
What follows is a preview, overview, and encapsulation of what is to come. I have the alpha-omega narrative start by indicating that human beings are creatures having our physical beginnings 13.7 billion years ago (Ch. 2) making us part of a natural Universe (Ch. 3). Humans are biological creatures starting 3.7 billion years ago (Ch. 4). We live in an evolving Universe and we are an evolving species (Chs. 5 and 6). Humans have an extensive inheritance (Ch. 7) making for human nature (Ch. 8), including our advanced brain (Ch. 9). It is advantageous to accept, trust, respect, and cooperate with Nature, human nature, and our own nature (Ch. 10). A major part of our nature is our inborn motivational needs for bringing meaning (Ch. 11) to our life including satisfaction of basal Self-Needs (Ch. 12), fulfillment of basal Belonging-Needs (Ch. 13), and meeting our deeper needs related to sex (Ch. 14), love (Ch. 15), morality (Ch. 16), emotions (Ch. 17), and consciousness (Ch. 18). At some level we all seek to gratify our higher order needs to find meaning and purpose in an attempt to solve life’s Great Mysteries (Ch. 19), discover our spiritual nature (Ch. 20), and search for higher meaning and Truth (Ch. 21.)
If our needs are not met, if there isn’t meaning in life, if our life is out of balance, there are times of ill/ unhealth (Ch. 22). Meaningful mind-body health requires us to examine and measure aspects of our life (Chs. 23, and 24), and to develop a worldview and a philosophy as a way and a path of/for living (Ch. 25). Acquiring mind-body health often involves making a prescriptive, intentional, engaging Balance Plan (Ch. 26). Motivational needs can be brought to some level of satisfaction by introspectively exploring within oneself (Ch. 27), and developing various actionable mitigation skills to explore outside of ourselves (Ch. 28). A typical life has ongoing transitions, transformations, and some transcendental changes and happenings (Ch.29). An objective for all of us should be to manage life changes, and as much as possible live a balanced-centered and mind-body healthy life (Ch. 30).