57. Reading Skills Comprehension: WORRY THE SILENT KILLER

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It is quite surprising that an ordinary state of mind could be labelled as a killer. This has been proved by all medical researches that worry is a major cause of heart ailments, blood pressure, rheumatism, ulcers, skin problems, asthma and many other psychosomatic diseases. Dr Alexis Carrel, a Nobel Prize winner in medicine, said, “Businessmen who do not know how to fight worry die young”. But so do a lot of home-makers, lawyers and ordinary clerks who do not control this evil.

There are several causes of worries. The fast-paced and complicated lifestyle that most people are leading today contributes largely to our anxieties. Shortages, fears, competitions, dissatisfactioneverything adds to the burden on our minds. Some of these factors may be uncontrolled but most of them are within our control.

Plato, the Greek Philosopher had foreseen this need as far back as 400 BC. He has already said, that the biggest mistake of the doctors is that that they try to heal the body without making an attempt to heal the mind. Mind and body are one and should not be treated separately.”

This was the basis that laid the foundation-stone of the modern psychosomatic treatment. As children, we have heard the famous quotation: “A healthy mind in a healthy body.” One has just to alter the saying a little, to fit in the modern times— “A healthy body depends on a healthy mind”. Emotions like futility, frustration, anxiety, worry, fear, despair, defeat, etc are negative emotions. These affect much our mental as well as physical health. Worry especially creates a very high degree of tension. Many a time we find ourselves unable to concentrate due to worries. Only a cool and worriless mind functions normally and to its capacity.

On the basis of your reading answer the following questions in short-

(a)What are the negative impacts of worry, according to medical researchers?

(b)Who said, “Businessmen who are prone to worry die young.”?

(c)What is the modern cause of worry?

(d)Plato had maintained in 400 BC that in order to cure the body….

(e)The modern psychosomatic treatment presupposes

(f)The negative emotions affect both our mental and physical health and a tense mind cannot……

(g)What is psychosomatic treatment?

(h)Give a suitable title for the passage


(a) heart and skin diseases, rheumatism, asthma and other psychosomatic diseases.

(b) Dr Alexis Carrel, a Nobel prize winner in medicine

(c) the fast-paced and complicated lifestyle of most people.          

(d) you have to cure the mind first.

(e) the symptoms of mind while curing the body.                 

(f) function normally and to its capacity.  

(g) it is a situation when mental factors cause physical problems but one is physically healthy.

(h) A Psychosomatic Diagnosis/A Healthy Body Depends on a Healthy Mind

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