Folk wisdom has always recognized a link between the way we feel and our health, including physical health. We talk about feeling ‘sick with worry’. Anxiety gives us a ‘knot in the stomach’. It’s difficult to relax when we’re under stress. For a long time, medicine was perhaps a little sceptical about these old saws, but more recently science has been catching up with the idea that the mind can affect the body. It turns out that the brain and the immune system communicate (Sternberg 2001: xi).
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