State of Mind

Manipulation of external influences consists of avoiding or seeking factors that affect one's state of mind in a particular manner.

For example, if there are people or activities that cause unwanted feelings, those people and activities would be avoided. Other people and activities with a more desirable effect would be sought. Most people try to influence their state of mind in this way.

One difficulty with this approach is that people that one normally considers favorable to a welcome state of mind can temporarily have moods that have the opposite effect on oneself. Also, most people need to spend part of their time in a work or school environment where there are many circumstances outside of their control.

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