We are what we think

READING gets into you. How many times have you felt that you’ve connected with a character in a novel or a play?

The brain does curious things to what you feed it, but basically it works on inputs, just as the plastic surgeon Maxwell Maltz discovered a long time ago, that if you practise movements in your mind, say throwing a basketball, your brain sends signals to the muscles that are actually involved in throwing the ball. The brain shapes itself — and you — from the imagined into the real.

A famous Olympic gold medal winning swimmer said recently that he achieved conf

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