New Thoughtist
New Thought New` Thought" Any form of belief in mental healing, other than (1) Christian Science and (2) hypnotism or psychotherapy. It was practised in the 19th century, and its central principle was affirmative thought, or suggestion, employed with the conviction that man produces changes in his health, his finances, and his life by the adoption of a favorable mental attitude. As a therapeutic doctrine it stands for silent and absent mental treatment, and the theory that all diseases are mental in origin. As a cult it has its unifying idea the inculcation of workable optimism in contrast with the ``old thought'' of sin, evil, predestination, and pessimistic resignation. The term is essentially synonymous with the term {High Thought}, used in England. -- {New` Thought"er}, n. -- {New` Thought"ist}, n. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • New Thought — New Thoughter, New Thoughtist. a system of doctrine and practice originating in the 19th century and stressing the power of thought to control physical and mental events. [1885 90] * * * Mind healing movement that originated in the U.S. in the… …   Universalium

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