These definitions will further clarify the distinction between therapy and synergy and give further insight into the original meaning of psychology.
Definitions: (from Wikipedia and Dictionary.com)
- Therapy: in Greek: therapeia θεραπεία -- to treat medically, to cure, to heal
Thereapy is the act of caring for someone or the attempted remediation of a health problem, usually following a diagnosis.
In the medical field, it is synonymous with the word "treatment“ or the power/quality of healing.
- Synergy: in Greek: synergos συνεργός -- syn: to bring together (or joint) + ergos: working (or energy) in cooperation (or “combined activities of a group”)
Synergy refers to the phenomenon in which two or more discrete influences or agents acting together (such as aligning the ego and the soul) create an effect greater than that predicted by knowing only the separate effects of the individual agents. The opposite of synergy is antagonism and/or betrayal.
Synergy can also mean:
- A mutually advantageous conjunction where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
- A dynamic state in which combined action is favored over the sum of individual component actions.
- Behavior of whole systems not predicted by the behavior of their parts taken separately. More accurately known as emergent behavior
Synergism stems from the theological doctrine that humans will cooperate with Divine Grace in regeneration.
- Psychology: in Greek psychologia ψυχολογία -- psyche: soul, spirit + logia: (from logos: the divine word or rationale or truth or wisdom)
Originally Psychology meant -- literally -- the “the divine truth of the soul.” In its more modern context, its meaning is more scientific and analytical, and has lost the connection to the soul -- now focusing primarily on the mind.