from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, involving, or resulting from the interrelationship between one's physical health and the state of one's mind or spirit.

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  • adj. Describing the physical action of the mind on the body, especially the mode in which a thought can cause an action
  • adj. Describing the interrelationship between physical and mental health


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  • This ancient paradox—it's known as the mind-body problem—has long perplexed philosophers.

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  • That 16th century French philosopher asserted that the mind and body, the "thinking machine" and the "doing machine," occupy separate spheres, a belief now called "mind-body dualism."

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  • When I occasionally achieve what some instructors call the mind-body connection, I close my eyes and find myself drifting away from the everyday worries of life.

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  • That problem is as insoluble as the so-called mind-body problem that goes along with it.

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  • But a huge mystery, known as the mind-body problem, is being begged.

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  • This view famously leads to the difficult question of how these different substances could interact, known as the "mind-body problem".

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  • I had been educated to believe that spiritual healing was either a myth, a lie, or the result of mind-body placebo effects.

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  • If you are a skeptic and/or a conventional psychologist, you will presume that what I experienced was either a rare chance event and/or some sort of double-placebo mind-body effect.

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  • We could also speculate that the healing was entirely the result of a mind-body effect.

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  • As we discussed in the previous chapter, it is scientifically responsible to consider first various horse-like explanations—such as fraud, misperceptions, and placebo or mind-body effects—before entertaining zebra-like explanations—such as genuine assistance from deceased physicians, angels, and ultimately, the Sacred.

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