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state of mind

One's emotional or psychological condition or status, especially a fleeting or temporary one. I just don't think you're in the right state of mind to be making these kinds of decisions after having lost your wife and children so suddenly. I was in kind of a strange state of mind for the first couple of years after I graduated college, just wandering through life without any major goals or ambitions.
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state of mind

basic attitude or outlook at a point in time. she was in a terrible state of mind when she was interviewed for a job.
See also: mind, of, state
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When Will Ladislaw exiled himself from Middlemarch he had placed no stronger obstacle to his return than his own resolve, which was by no means an iron barrier, but simply a state of mind liable to melt into a minuet with other states of mind, and to find itself bowing, smiling, and giving place with polite facility.
Unlike a man who can be simultaneously conscious of two states of mind, and who, swimming, would have known both the fear and the high courage with which he overrode the fear, Jerry, as he swam, knew only one state of mind, which was that he was swimming to the Arangi and to Skipper.
The center and main body of the book is an extended glossary of 5,451 specific terms and expressions related to the representation of emotions and states of mind, and collective imagery in the masterpiece of Chinese drama.
This is the second volume in a series titled "Emotions and States of Mind in East Asia"--an intriguing and wide-open theme.
Containing States of Mind: Exploring Bion's 'Container Model' in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, by Duncan Cartwright.
The next evolution of leadership, the next big idea, will be leading with an in-depth understanding of states of mind rather than with an in-depth understanding of financial statements.
As much as Lozek's washy, wavy areas of paint define distressed surfaces, they also suggest atmospheric voids, as if the walls and ceiling were windows onto luminous, ethereal netherworlds, or screens onto which the young men, lost in thought, project their states of mind.
An impressive and thought-provoking debut novel of complementary states of mind and being from a philosophy and literature student of eighteen years' experience.
This month we're taking you on a tour of different places, genres, and states of mind. In the feature pages you can join Charlotte d'Amboise on her Broadway roller coaster ride, admire the energy and versatility of the Hubbard Street dancers in Chicago, and be a fly on the wall when ballerinas meet their pointe shoe makers.
He called it biopsychology and explained that by doing specific postures (while following a yoga diet and meditating) a person could help bring into balance agitated states of mind such as anger, shyness, fear, jealousy etc.
Taking it one step further, if heaven, hell, and purgatory are God- and scripture-related, it is safe to state that God and the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist are also states of mind or myths.
They dramatize events by richly evoking settings and revealing states of mind. These imagined elements may trouble some readers.
Leishman, for example, portrays different states of mind of her main character in different frames.
The hemorrhaging continued until we invested solidly in organizational development work that resulted in employees, physicians, and volunteers who functioned from higher states of mind, more effective relationships, new levels of responsiveness and resiliency, and far lower levels of insecurity.
But studies of the appreciation of states of mind by children younger than 2 1/2 have proved difficult in the absence of a nonverbal probe for this type of understanding.