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Unformatted text preview: ption of the subconsciousness. There are two prevailing
sets of opinions concerning the subconscious.
The first is quite matter-of-fact. It states that the movements and activities of a large part of the body are
outside of the realm of consciousness, such as the activities of the great viscera--heart, lungs, intestines, liver,
blood vessels, sex glands--and are largely operated by the vegetative nervous system. There are influences
pouring into the brain from these organs, together with influences from muscles, joints, tendons, and these
influences, though not consciously itemized, are the subconsciously received stimuli which give us feelings of
vigor, energy, courage, hopefulness, or the reverse, according to the state of the organism. In health the
ordinary result of these stimuli is good, though people may have health in that no definite disease is present,
and yet there is some deficiency in the energy-arousing viscera which brings a lowered coenesthesia, a CHAPTER IV. 39 lessened vigor and lowered mood. In youth the state of the organs brings a state of well feeling; in old age
there is a constant feeling of a low balance of energy and mood, and the person is always on the verge of
unpleasant feeling. In the great change periods of life--at puberty and the climacteric (or the menopause)--the
sudden change in the activity of the sex organs may produce great alterations in the coenaesthesia and
therefore in the energy and mood of the individual.
 This is not the place to describe the vegetative nervous system. (It was formerly called the sympathetic
nervous system, but this term is now limited to one part of this system, and the term autonomic to another
part, although some writers still use the term sympathetic for the whole, and others [the English] the term
autonomic for the whole.) This system is the nervous mechanism of organic life, regulating heart, lungs, blood
vessels, intestines, sex organs, acting together with endocrines, etc. A huge amount of work has been done of
late years on this system and we know definitely that...
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