Do we think of negative emotions as toxins to the body? The kind of toxins that create disease?
Scientists have known for a long time that negative emotions produce a causal link with diseases (Simonton & Simonton, 1974).
We define negative emotion as fear, anger, sense of separation, dread etc. Some doctors and scientists call it emotional stress. They wed stress with negative emotions.
When we think of stress and negative emotions our tendency is to deny that each and every day, all the small stressful parts of our lives add up to a continual, internal state of feeling negative emotions.
We can feel rushed, unappreciated, pressure to do our work, tired, angry, irritated, frustrated, and the list goes on.
Stress and negative emotions do lower the ability of our immune system to do its job. emotional stress also creates inflammation and as you know, we have spoken about inflammation for the past decade, and its link to chronic illness.
Simonton and Simonton (1974) gave a lecture at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. They titled their talk "Belief Systems and Management of the Emotional Aspects of Malignancy." It is a brilliant lecture, and the knowledge they impart continues to be researched with the same exact findings (Katrinli et al., 2022; Hassan et al., 2022).
When we manage stress and negative emotions and take time to relax and visualize a better future, to form a belief that we actually are in that healthy future, our body will go along with our intent to heal (Simonton & Simonton, 1974).
And yes, we do believe that practicing positive emotions each day in meditation (gratitude, love) goes along with good nutrition that deeply nourishes the body, supplements to boost the immune system, and mood, and the wonderful love that is shared between friends.
- Hassan, H. M., Othman, A. A. M., Nabih, M., Elfakhry, M., Khan, R. R. B., Ali, A. M., & Samir, A. (2022). Emotional Impact; the magic bullet in influencing chronic diseases. Abstract
- Katrinli, S., Oliveira, N. C., Felger, J. C., Michopoulos, V., & Smith, A. K. (2022). The role of the immune system in posttraumatic stress disorder. Translational Psychiatry, 12(1), 313. Article
- Simonton, O. C., & Simonton, S. S. (1975). Belief systems and management of the emotional aspects of malignancy. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 7(1), 29-47. Article
- Simonton, O. C., Matthews-Simonton, S., & Sparks, T. F. (1980). Psychological intervention in the treatment of cancer. Psychosomatics, 21(3), 226-233.
- Willette, A. A. (2022). Mind over what matters: How training in emotional self-regulation can strengthen the immune response in lonely elders. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 106, 231-232. Introduction
Yours as always,
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