Psychosomatics of Stye

Hordeolum, or stye, is an inflammation of the eye organ caused by pathogenic bacteria. It appears as a swollen, reddish bump, similar to a barley grain (hence the name). It can occur with or without the formation of a pustule. Symptoms of a stye include:

  • Prickling and itching,
  • Dryness and burning,
  • Swelling and edema,
  • Redness,
  • Pain.

The primary cause is identified as Staphylococcus aureus. Once it enters the eye, it starts inflammation in the eyelash follicles or sebaceous glands.

Factors contributing to the development of a stye include: poor eye hygiene (touching eyes with dirty hands, using someone else’s hygiene products), environmental pollution (air, etc.), weakened immunity, frequent hypothermia, use of low-quality cosmetics, digestive disorders, metabolic disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, etc.

Psychosomatic Explanation of Stye

Eyes, the organ of vision, allow us to receive information from the outside world. Almost all eye ailments reflect a person’s unwillingness to see something or someone: events, relationships, themselves, people around them. This is usually related to the negative content of a person’s thoughts and emotions. For instance, some information perceived through the eyes is unpleasant or causes pain.

When considering the psychosomatics of the eye, it’s also worth noting that problems with the right eye are associated with negativity in viewing the world, and also symbolize the masculine side (particularly, the father and his influence). The left eye, typically, is associated with the mother’s influence and self-perception. Many famous authors (Louise Hay, Liz Bourbeau, V. Sinelnikov, etc.) adhere to this approach.

It’s considered valid since we begin to perceive ourselves as separate individuals primarily through our mother’s first words and her attitude towards us, while the father helps us discover the wider world.

Therefore, a stye unequivocally indicates that something within the person hinders their view of the world: irritation, anger, a rigid outlook, and always with suppressed aggression, manifesting as an itch.

Other explanations for styes can be found in folklore. Here, causes are associated with the “evil eye,” characterizing an envious person or someone capable of casting a curse. Thus, in folklore, a stye is considered a manifestation of the evil eye or curse.

The author of the article, however, is inclined to associate the appearance of a stye (as with other ailments) with the internal state of the person. There is a lot of objective data to support this, and some of these will be discussed in the final part of the article.

Explanations of Stye Causes in the Works of Famous Psychosomatic Authors

Louise Hay sees the main cause of a stye as looking at life with evil eyes. Another reason is anger towards someone.

According to Liz Bourbeau, a stye appears in very emotional people, intolerant of what they see around them. Such people, as the psychologist notes, like to control everything.

Another cause of this ailment Bourbeau highlights is the irritation and anger people feel when others see things differently than they do.

Dr. Valery Sinelnikov writes that the condition of the eyes depends on a person’s thoughts, suggesting that people with pure and kind thoughts will have eyes in equally good health.

V. Zhikarentsev also asserts that a person suffering from a stye typically looks at life with eyes full of anger.

Healing Paths for Psychosomatic Stye

On the one hand, the path to healing a psychosomatic stye (as with other psychosomatic ailments) is very simple. It only requires replacing a negative perception of the world with a positive one. But on the other hand, this poses a difficulty for most people. How can a person stop seeing the bad in everything and everyone if it has become a habit? And habit, as we know, is a second nature.

Thus, one must start with working on their consciousness: to understand and bring to their awareness through rational arguments and reasons the thought that their own health is more valuable and important than some empty and harmful negative beliefs and emotions. Isn’t it true? So what if another person sees the same event (matter, object, or other person) from a different angle and has their point of view? It’s their right, even if someone else dislikes or gets angry about it.

It’s essential to remember that each person is unique and has their set of beliefs, habits, etc. And everyone has the full right to these! If someone wants their beliefs and feelings to be respected, they should also respect the habits and feelings of others – it’s only fair! With this in mind, the desire to control everything fades, irritation and anger about others seeing things differently vanish. After all, they see differently because they are completely different people (even if it’s your child), who also have a right to certain freedom (instead of total control from your side).

Moreover, this issue is closely related to the mental health and development of a person. And if we are interested in the mental health and development of our loved ones (especially children), we need to be tolerant of their different perception of the world and their point of view (rather than imposing ours).

Be more tolerant and healthier!


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