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The (R)Evolution of the Human Mind

  • Augusta L. Wellington
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Abstract

As the late great Mark Twain purportedly said “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” I wholeheartedly agree with him. The mind is a collective of all of our experiences. No matter what a person’s chronological age might be, it is not all-encompassing compared to one’s psychological age, which is based on their experiences. In my estimation a person’s age is not a constant. It is continually in flux shifting from moment to moment. We can feel different ages depending upon a multiplicity of experiences with individuals or interpersonal interactions. At times, we may feel like a teenager and at others beyond our years. How we feel depends upon whom you are interacting with and what factors different people tap into from our wellspring of life experiences.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Augusta L. Wellington
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  1. 1.International Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalyst in Private PracticeNassauBahamas

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