An example of holism is a theory that believes you cannot break things down to study them, but instead that everything has to be understood in relation to the whole or the sum of its parts.
Origin of holism
- It should be noted that the word alcoholism is broken up into the root, "alcohol", and the suffix "-ism", not "alco" and "-holism". The suffix "-holism" is thus a result of false splitting.
- From alcoholism, one of the first addictions to be widely identified both medically and socially.
- From hol- (“whole, entire, total”) + -ism.