Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Cogito Ergo Sum? THE MIND- BODY CONNECTION
A healthy mind is something many want. Life is not supposed to hurt- at least, not all of the time. It is meant to be a positive, meaningful experience despite difficulties that come along. Our perceptions, thoughts, and anxieties of these experiences affect our well-being.
The great philosophical distinction between mind and body can be traced to the philosopher, and physiologist, Rene Descartes.
The mind was conceived as pure thought and not related to the body (The dualist view). However, monism, does not distinguish the activities of mind and body, but sees them as a whole working unit. George Berkeley proposed there is no mind/body distinction because what we think of as body is merely the perception of mind.
Research has confirmed the existence of systematic links between psychological factors such as anxiety, stress, depression and hostility, and a wide range of
physical disorders including minor infections, gut disorders, herpes, allergies, asthma, arthritis, coronary heart disease and cancer.
Extracted from my BSc Theses!