GNU Webster's 1913
- Any form of belief in mental healing, other than (1) Christian Science and (2) hypnotism or psychotherapy. It was practised in the 19th century, and its central principle was affirmative thought, or suggestion, employed with the conviction that man produces changes in his health, his finances, and his life by the adoption of a favorable mental attitude. As a therapeutic doctrine it stands for silent and absent mental treatment, and the theory that all diseases are mental in origin. As a cult it has its unifying idea the inculcation of workable optimism in contrast with the “old thought” of sin, evil, predestination, and pessimistic resignation. The term is essentially synonymous with the term
High Thought, used in England.
“Onyer put his hands on the arms of his chair as if he were about to rise, but changed his mind as a new thought occurred to him.”
“But let me now remember and write these what we call events, but which are not events as much as a new thought or a happy feeling.”
“Or maybe -- and he almost stumbled at this new thought -- they all work for Ery now.”
“Bibil squared his shoulders as a new thought occurred to him.”
“(He pauses, and the light of a new thought irradiates his face.)”
“During these years of seeming inactivity, comparatively speaking, he had read and thought much, and the new thought of the age had fecundated his mind.”
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