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...choose your words wisely and speak them slowly. This will allow you to interrupt the brain’s propensity to be negative, and as recent research has shown, the mere repetition of positive words like love, peace, and compassion will turn on specific genes that lower your physical and emotional stress. You’ll feel better, you’ll live longer, and you’ll build deeper and more trusting relationships with others—at home and at work.
...when you generate a minimum of five positive thoughts to each negative one, you’ll experience “an optimal range of human functioning.”
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear... - 1 John 4:18
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: MarioOnTheFly
I think that depends on the bear. But ok, let's modify it to the cannibals in the next valley.
originally posted by: arpgme
Fear weakens the immune system and ruins the normal functioning of the brain, including decision-making. That doesn't sound like the best state of mind to be in to solve problems. Some people are already living in fear and react quickly with impatience, unforgiveness, and anger, but it weakens their immune-system, brain cells, and promotes violence, not Peace and Love.
We don't need fear to avoid dangerous situations. We can understand danger without fear. Instead of doing something out of fear, people can do something out of Love/Peace. Fear is not needed, but can still be chosen by focusing on it and growing it (fearful focus/lack of faith/desperation, etc.)
I love it when our chemical responses and changed mental states agree with modern psychology AND the 2000-4000 year old religious texts.
Thomas Szasz, a seminal text from 1960, prior to the publication of his well-known book with the same name
My aim in this essay is to raise the question "Is there such a thing as mental illness?" and to argue that there is not. Since the notion of mental illness is extremely widely used nowadays, inquiry into the ways in which this term is employed would seem to be especially indicated. Mental illness, of course, is not literally a "thing" — or physical object — and hence it can "exist" only in the same sort of way in which other theoretical concepts exist. Yet, familiar theories are in the habit of posing, sooner or later — at least to those who come to believe in them — as "objective truths" (or "facts"). During certain historical periods, explanatory conceptions such as deities, witches, and microorganisms appeared not only as theories but as self-evident causes of a vast number of events. I submit that today mental illness is widely regarded in a somewhat similar fashion, that is, as the cause of innumerable diverse happenings. As an antidote to the complacent use of the notion of mental illness — whether as a self-evident phenomenon, theory, or cause — let us ask this question: What is meant when it is asserted that someone is mentally ill?