Kaiterum is composed of two words: kairos which in essence signifies opportunity and iterum which means again, afresh. This is the essence of first cause therapy, an opportunity to go through things again, but in a new or different way that can bring balance, growth and healing.

Extended description of the word kairos in kaiterum

Below you can find extracted from Wikipedia a more detailed description of the word kairos which in its turn can be a quite accurate description of the elements found in a first cause therapy session.

Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which a significant event happens.

In Greek mythology, Caerus or Kairos was the personification of opportunity, luck and favorable moments. He was shown with only one lock of hair. His Roman equivalent was Occasio or Tempus. Caerus is the youngest child of Zeus. Caerus and Fortuna became lovers after Caerus neglected to overthrow his father as everyone thought he would.

Caerus is the due measure that achieves the aim. This god brings about what is convenient, fit, and comes in the right moment. Sometimes it could be the critical or dangerous moment, but more often Caerus represents the advantageous, or favorable occasion. Hence, what is opportune, or “Opportunity”. In the Hellenistic age (as P. Chantraine informs us), the term was also used as “time” or “season” (the good time, or good season).

In modern times, in his article “Critical-Rhetorical Ethnography: Rethinking the Place and Process of Rhetoric”, Aaron Hess submits a definition of kairos for the present day that bridges the two classical applications. Hess addresses Poulakos’s view that, “In short, kairos dictates that what is said must be said at the right time.” He also suggests that in addition to timeliness kairos considers appropriateness. According to Hess, kairos can either be understood as, “the decorum or propriety of any given moment and speech act, implying a reliance on the given or known” or as, “the opportune, spontaneous, or timely.” Although these two ideas of kairos might seem conflicting, Hess says that they offer a more extensive understanding of the term. Furthermore, they encourage creativity, which is necessary to adapt to unforeseen obstacles and opinions that can alter the opportune or appropriate moment, i.e. kairos. Being able to recognize the propriety of a situation while having the ability to adapt one’s rhetoric allows taking advantage of kairos to be successful. Hess’s updated definition of kairos concludes that along with taking advantage of the timeliness and appropriateness of a situation, the term also implies being knowledgeable of and involved in the environment where the situation is taking place in order to benefit fully from seizing the opportune moment.

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