mind over matter


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mind over matter

Fig. [an instance where there are] intellectual powers overriding threats, difficulties, or problems. You need to concentrate harder. Pay no attention to your surroundings. This is a case of mind over matter.
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mind over matter

thought is stronger than physical things Curing cancer may not be a question of mind over matter, but your attitude is important.
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mind over matter

the power of the mind to control and influence the body and the physical world generally I'm sure you can talk yourself into believing that you're well. It's a case of mind over matter.
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mind over matter

Willpower can overcome physical obstacles, as in Margaret was determined to go to the wedding even on crutches-mind over matter. This idea was already expressed by Virgil in the Aeneid (c. 19 b.c.) as Mens agitat molem, "Mind moves matter," and it appeared in various forms in English by 1700.
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