Which happens first? Does the mind signal the body, or the body the mind? Does one matter more than the other?
The Mind-Body Connection: Who Signals Who?
When it all comes down to it, everything we do involves our mind and body. There is an undeniable connection between the two. It has been widely investigated across different aspects of life, specifically in physical, mental, and emotional health.
Understanding the relationship between the mind and body is complex. While the evidence abounds, the link feels something like the chicken-or-egg scenario. The connectivity is a fact, but the order in which the connection happens is up for debate.
The brain is a control center for the entire body. In this sense, we are aware that the brain starts movement of the body. It can tell us if we’re feeling energetic or weak. Or does it? Is it possible that the body signals the brain?
Clues from Disorders and Dysfunctions
The relation between mental activity and physical activity is demonstrated in matters of mental health. Certain mental conditions, such as mood or stress disorders have a direct effect on the body. A person with anxiety may experience elevated blood pressure or digestive issues. It may be fair to say that the mental conditions come first, physical symptoms second.
However, consider the fact that injury and bodily changes may also lead to mental health problems such as depression. Additionally, new research suggests links between dietary deficiencies and mental health. In this case, it might be true to say that the connection began with signals from the body.
A Word from GR8NESS
Perhaps the question should be less focused on which one starts the communication and more about the impact of their respective influences.
Does the mind influence the body more, or the other way around? It’s hard to say. Though, it may come down to the fact that while the body can influence the mind, the mind is still a potent determinant. What does your mind say about it?