that our minds
are capable of determining more of the outcome of our lives than if we just follow our instincts
by merely reacting to stimuli
Some manifestations of mental discipline:
One who has mental discipline is able to control their anger
in any situation.
One who has mental discipline is able to control their emotions
One who has mental disipline is rarely bored
One who has mental discipline has mastered their own psyche
, and is aware of what environmental factors
could damage it (like, alcohol
, for some), and controls the amount of exposure they get to such things.
People who are like this tend to appear calm all the time. They tend to face conflict
with an attitude of "Ok, what's really the problem here and how can I fix it, deal with it, or work around it if it is impossible for me to change".
survived a Nazi concentration camp, after which he wrote a book entitled Man's Search for Meaning
which detailed his physical and mental experience as a prisoner
. The crux of his book is that no matter what they do to you, if you are still in control of your mind, you are surviving, you are still you.
He developed a field of psychotherapy
called Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
. The basis for his work is that "Persons are capable of deciding, therefore they are responsible for their decisions. A human being is not a mere puppet of biology, heredity and environmental forces, but is always free to take a stand toward inner conditions and outer circumstances".
The quote came from http://www.logotherapy.univie.ac.at/