The first situation to consider is the relationship between thoughts and
conditions like depression and stress. A crucial question is whether the
person's thoughts are creating the physical depression or the physical
depression is creating the negative thinking. When it comes to how you
can use your mind to help, this can be accomplished consciously and
subconsciously. When someone has a habit of imagining things turning out
very badly, rational thinking can show show them that they often
exaggerate. However, the unconscious mind is much more powerful in
shaping our habitual behavior, oftentimes beyond our conscious control.
Visualization and hypnosis can be very effective in modifying beliefs
and, if you do this, the long-lasting effects can be more powerful than
using logic only.