Psychology And Health

In the use of its functions the mind manifests certain powers and

certain modes of expression which can act as powerful allies or as

damaging enemies of health. We speak of man as adaptable, but also as a

being of habits. We speak of him as "feeling" when we wish to express

the fact that his emotions influence his body. We expect of the average

man a certain amount of suggestibility. We say that he is tremendously

affected by his environment, which simply means that his attention,

naturally centered chiefly on the things at hand, largely determines

what he is. But we recognize that a man of trained mind can choose and

will to substitute for his present surroundings thoughts upon more

constructive things from past experience, or from future possibilities,

or from within the mind's own storehouse. His ability to largely modify

his life by his will, we recognize as man's greatest power.

Adaptability, emotional response, suggestibility, attention,

thought-substitution, habit-formation, and will can minister

vitally to health, or can prove damaging avenues of disease.

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