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

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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mind over matter

You say mind over matter to mean the ability to control problems, especially illness and pain, by using your mind. So is good health simply a case of mind over matter? Once your mind has fully accepted the suggestion that you are well, you immediately start to feel better. This is mind over matter.
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mind over matter

the power of the mind asserted over the physical universe; the use of willpower to overcome physical problems.
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ˌmind over ˈmatter

the influence of the mind on the body; the power to change things by thinking: ‘How does he manage to work when he’s so ill?’ ‘Mind over matter.’
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