By Jade Emory
Oahu Island News, October 2005


Attitudinal healing is a psychological theory that correlates unconscious emotional decisions with the manifestation of both physical disease and behavioral disorders. This theory states that most people identify with the subjective ego, rather than with the Higher Self that dispassionately witnesses the struggles of the personality.

The ego, when feeling threatened, will fight or run. A fighting ego feels hate or anger. A running ego feels held-resentment or fear.

Eruptive diseases are anger diseases. Diseases that build up over time are held-resentment diseases.

Left-side illness indicates wanting our own way, confusing control or power with love. Right-side illness indicates the need to please others, confusing approval or acceptance with love.

Diagnostically, a midpoint vertical line between the brows is a “hate line”. Two vertical lines between the brows are “held-resentment lines”. Horizontal lines across the forehead are “anger lines”.

Creating wellness from inside out involves effort by conscious mind, replacing unconscious emotional decisions. The planet Mercury in our birth chart indicates how we can best utilize our intelligence.

In Aries Mercury is intelligent and creative, but it might jump to conclusions prior to getting all the facts.

In Taurus Mercury is steady, dependable, financially responsible and able to transmute feelings into artistic or musical form.

In Gemini Mercury is flexible, able to compromise, and respectful of diverse viewpoints.

In Cancer Mercury is emotional and needs to differentiate between its feelings and objective facts.

In Leo Mercury is theatrical “drama queen”, proud and often unaware when ego is dominant.

In Virgo Mercury is analytical and detailed, but may be judgmental or faultfinding.

In Libra Mercury is refined, fair, willing to compromise to keep the peace.

In Scorpio Mercury is telepathic, transformative, both creative and destructive in mental power.

In Sagittarius Mercury becomes spiritual, seeking Divine guidance.

In Capricorn Mercury upholds traditions and uses social influence and political powers.

In Aquarius Mercury is unselfish, drawing upon teachings from all cultures.

In Pisces Mercury develops compassion and forgiveness for the transgressions of others.

Oahu Island News Contributing Editor Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 808-429-2411 or by email at

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