Thinking vs Feeling

By Steve Chandler

Stress and Pain

How does the way you think affect the way you feel?

In my 17 Lies book I enjoyed writing about one of the finest thinkers of our age: Marilyn vos Savant, the person who has the highest IQ ever measured.

She once wrote a weekly magazine column, and I was always intrigued by the simplicity and power of her intelligence. One time a reader wrote to her about the relationship between thinking and feeling:

Dear Marilyn:

What is the difference between thinking and feeling?

Colleen Kelley
Spokane, Washington

Dear Colleen:

Feeling is what you get for thinking the way you do.


The lie I was trying to dramatize is the lie that says our feelings of upset and annoyance are caused by the behavior of others. They are not. And the freedom that comes from seeing that they are not is exciting to experience. Feeling is only and always what I get for thinking the way I do.

Comments from Jesse:

Did you catch that? Feeling is what you get for thinking the way you do.

While the type of feeling spoken of by Steve is keyed on emotions, the way you think also has a very real impact on how you feel physically.

That’s why I spend a significant part of my book, The 7-Day Back Pain Cure, talking about the mind-body connection behind pain. If you’re in ANY kind of pain I recommend getting a copy — it’s free!

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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1 thought on “Thinking vs Feeling”

  1. Anne-Marie Boland says:

    I agree that feeling is definately the the result of out fhoughts.

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