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     Imagination is the ability to create new ideas, or images, visions, or concepts, of external subjects that are not present to the five senses and are, therefore, absolutely fictional.

    They cannot be seen or sensed like realities can.

    Over millions of years of evolution, as the human species developed imagination,  it gave us the important advantage of being able to be visionaries. To imagine what has happened in the past, and what might happen in a future.

    All other creatures rely upon experiences that they have had, to know what to do in a present, plus some genetic instincts to aid them in their present.

    We believe, animals have no way to predict a future.

    Using our imagination, we can think what might happen in our future, which is a great asset to us. We can plan and “predict” an outcome.

    “What if…” ….. becomes a very important part of our lives, in reasoning, design and planning. Imagination is a seriously important resource.

    BUT...... imagination is also our greatest enemy; a wielder of unwellness. Simply because imagination can create stress by inventing scenarios which may be harmful to us.

    Examples are many. You will be able to think of your own.

    “What shall I do if….”  emty shelves



    “How will I cope when …..”












    “Supposing they do not like my …..”

    “What if I fail …..”  



     Some more examples of imagined dangers: 

    "Be careful as you go out there!   Yesterday, we saw a snake just outside that door you’re going to use”       

     “I wonder if I should take a holiday just now…. maybe they could find out that they don’t need me, and I could lose my job”

    “I hope my unborn baby will be OK. My friend’s baby was born underweight and needed hospital”             

     “Where are we going to find next week’s rent?”                “I don’t think my Mother-in-law likes me very much”

    and so on ad infinitum and ad nauseam (literally).!

    Such thinking in imaginary terms is not directly harmful. Clearly, something in imaginary or abstract terms can do us no harm.

    This is not apparent to our defence mechanism that we talked about in the section on fear.

    The fear reaction we described earlier is automatic and evolved from a need to survive actual dangers.

    But an imaginary danger appears to our defender as a danger to our wellbeing.

    We  automatically defend ourselves from real and present dangers by our fear reaction.

    Imagination evolved in us much later in our millions of years of growth, so we developed no counter measures to imaginary dangers.

    But our defender is programmed to defend us at all costs and will act!

    That action cannot be anything but random, chaotic, and formless. It seems that the outcomes in our bodies are based on the actions taken to defend against real danger, but because imagination is far more chronic than real dangers, the result is deadly to our health and wellbeing.

    This is stress.

    Stress is never good for us!

    We can think here about the parts of our bodies affected in real danger when fear erupts. Heart, vascular system, lungs, liver, digestive system, immune system, reproductive system are all influenced and used in a planned and well-organised manner to get away from a real danger, and the changes do not last long before being set back to normal.

     It is the effects of our imagined dangers, which we refer to as stress.

    Stress does not directly cause unwellness, but it sets up the conditions for the body to lose coherence and stability in its operation.  

    There are many changes to normal body systems when we have to get away from real danger. They are planned to last oly moments.

    If theses  changes are repeated randomly and chronically without planning or purpose, then unwellness can result.

    Now think about emotions.

    MENTAL HEALTH 1Grief, love, hate, jealousy, and regret are all able to produce imaginary images, that can seem like dangers to our defences.


    The response our bodies make to such unseen “dangers” can be very dangerous. Just as an example, if our immune system shuts down – as it does in fear – and then starts up only to close down again in a continual process, over a long period, how unguarded are we to invasion?

    Suppose a digestive system does similarly? Many people suffer digestive problems, such as IBS and so on.

    A vascular system acting like these examples can be fatal.

    These examples are to give you an overall impression of why the imagination can be an impressive asset or advantage but that can also be a great danger to us.



    The person who developed Preventatism decided to use imaginary defences to counter the downside of this great advantage whilst maintaining its benefits to us.



    We have a motto:

    "The future of medicine is anything you can imagine!"





    Read more in the next session:  Preparing your own defence.   Click here





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