embracing differences while cultivating compassionate linkages.
When integration is present the system becomes flexible, adaptive, coherent, energized, and stable (FACES – Siegel loves acronyms!). When integration is underdeveloped the system tends to move toward chaos or rigidity. For example, when your computer freezes (rigid) your operating system is unintegated, information and energy is no longer flowing freely; when your pointer starts bouncing all over the screen randomly (chaos) your operating system is no longer controlling information and energy. The same processes apply within individual persons (in the brain and mind) and between persons (in societies and cultures).
At the level of social integration Siegel provides the following timely insight:
Limiting one’s identity in this time of global need seems to push against the importance of integration, especially the integration of a broad and embracing identity.