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organ jargon

Adler used these terms interchangeably to refer to the opinions which the body expresses through somatic symptoms.  Organ jargon is purposive; that is, it is in line with the individual's unique law of movement.  While it is purposive, however, the purpose of the somatic expression is usually not within the individual's awareness.  The particular jargon of the organ is unique, and the organ of choice is also idiosyncratic, according to the individual's particular organ weaknesses and/or according to the particular meaning which the selected organ has to the person. For example, two persons may suffer from leg pains which have no organic disease basis.  The jargon of one may be:  "I can't stand on my own two feet!" expressing a conviction that he or she is unable to meet the challenges of life without another's aid. The other person's jargon may be:  "I can't stand it!" meaning that the person cannot tolerate a particular pressure or obligation.

Excerpted with permission from Griffith, Jane & Powers, Robert L.