What has been long suspected has become irrefutable: there is a connection between the mind and body.
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The mind body connection is the basis behind the placebo effect.
The healing that takes place when you take a tablet that does not contain an active drug, a placebo, is caused by your mind.
It is also why so many personal development books emphasise having a positive posture.
Cuddy shows how you can use what she calls “power poses” to get you in a powerful, positive frame of mind.
I had an opportunity to test the impact of mind over body using what’s called biofeedback when I went to the Accident and Emergency Department at my local hospital.
The nurse attached a heart rate monitor to my thumb to measure my pulse, which meant that I had the opportunity for biofeedback.
I thought that I would test if I could use biofeedback to reduce my pulse, while waiting for a doctor to come and see me.
When I arrived, my heart was beating so fast that I could feel my pulse racing.
It was approaching 90 bpm.
This was not a surprise because I felt worried about my diagnosis.
As I calmed down and became less anxious in the sparse waiting room, I found that it reduced to my resting rate of around 60 bpm.
I thought to myself: what if I could reduce it further using only my thoughts to test my mind-body connection.
I concentrated on lowering my pulse by breathing deeper and slower, and imagining my heart rate reducing, and found that I reduced it by a further 10% over the next hour.
This had an interesting though not surprising side effect: as my pulse lowered, so my body relaxed.
And as my body relaxed, so my mind became calmer, creating a virtuous circle.
The mind-body connection had given me the most relaxing emergency appointment I had ever had!
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