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  • n. The psychological state of someone's cognitive processes at a certain time; the condition or character of a person's thoughts or feelings.

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  • n. a temporary psychological state
  • n. the state of a person's cognitive processes


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  • I sometimes refer to a state of mind or body that I call “visual-motor ecstasy.”

    A Mind at a Time

  • The tendency to bark under this state of mind is inherited, or runs in the breed: greyhounds rarely bark, whilst the Spitz-dog barks so incessantly on starting for a walk with his master that he becomes a nuisance.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • From this state of mind he had been won by the tact of the commanding general, and now, as he approached the first battle in which he was to command a brigade, he wrote reassuringly to Mrs. Cobb: Do not be uneasy about my being 'rash.'


  • Third, that in and among the secondary images27 so evoked, incidental processes of thought, tertiary compoundings of these images, were immediately set up; the selection and re-arrangement of these secondary and tertiary features, constituting the revelation of a significant state of mind which had preceded the dream.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Arraigned at my own bar, Memory having given her evidence of the hopes, wishes, sentiments I had been cherishing since last night -- of the general state of mind in which I had indulged for nearly a fortnight past; Reason having come forward and told in her own quiet way, a plain, unvarnished tale, showing how I had rejected the real, and rabidly devoured the ideal; -- I pronounced judgment to this effect: --

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • His carefully crafted, lowercase attention to my state of mind and body drew me to him like a little writing fly.

    Five Stops on Line 2, Ch 1: Qalb elouz

  • Bucke named his experience “cosmic consciousness,” a state of mind he felt foreshadowed the evolution of humanity.

    Experiencing the Next World Now

  • Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihályi identifies flow as a special state of mind in which there is total absorption for a period of time in a given activity.

    The Time Paradox

  • Finally, when Penrod brushed by her, touched her with his elbow, and, did not even see her, Marjorie's state of mind (not unmingled with emotion!) became dangerous.


  • They make much of the assertion that Dr. Weir Mitchell's method of treatment is based practically upon isolation, rest in bed, over-feeding, douches, massage and electricity, in fact on purely physical measures and Professor Déjérine adds: "I was not long in discovering that unless the patient's state of mind improved, the therapeutic results were far from satisfactory;" and he gives examples.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology


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  • Just checked them again. Interestingly, I see "optimistic," "elated," and "hopeful" among the red words (McCain supporters) and "cautious" and "anxious" in the blue words. But the top word seems to be "relieved." I get that. :-)

    November 5, 2008

  • I just looked at the McCain supporters' words, then those of Obama's supporters. tense exhausted terrified were nudged off the screen as ebullient victorious ecstatic scrolled on. Still 366 undecided seats on the Big Board but the words have called it.

    November 5, 2008

  • I saw that today, reesetee. I think it's the cutest election thingamabob I've seen yet.

    November 5, 2008

  • yarb -I'm looking forward to the story of your life! I'm sure it will be a terrific read. Then there will be the movie! Who will play you?

    November 5, 2008

  • Huh. I guess not enough people were thinking what I was thinking. Story of my life.

    November 5, 2008

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    November 5, 2008

  • Excellent. Look out for bum-sonnet in about 26 minutes from now.

    November 5, 2008

  • Very Wordie-esque.

    November 5, 2008