Oct 7, 2012

The Power of The Mind

Deadly Imaginings
Legend: A man locked in an unplugged freezer imagines himself freezing and dies.
Example:
A man finds himself kicked in a walk in freezer. He is convinced he will die and begins writing letters. He letters and with a final passage where he is saying he cannot write anymore because his fingers are being inning to freeze. When they find him dead, not only do they find the letters but they discover that the freezers’ temperature never dropped beloved 50 degrees. Thus, the man pretty much psyched himself to death.
More details: The expression “worried to death” has more truth to it than you might think.
There is a story about Nick Sitzmen, a strong, young bull-of –a-man, who worked on the train crew. It seemed Nick had everything: a strong healthy body, ambition, a wife and two children, and many friends, However, Nick had one fault. He was a notorious worrier. He worried about everything and usually feared the worst. One midsummer day, the train crew was informed that they could quit an hour early in honor of the foreman’s birthday. Accidentally, Nick was locked in a refrigerator boxcar, and the rest of the workmen left the site. Nick panicked.
He banged and shouted until his fists were bloody and his voice was hoarse. No one heard him. “If I can’t get out, I’ll freeze to death in here. he thought. Wanting to let his wife and family know exactly what had happened to him, Nick found a knife and began to etch words on the wooden floor. He wrote, “It’s so cold my body is getting numb. If I could just go to sleep, these may be my last words.”
The next Morning the crew slid open the heavy doors of the boxcar and found Nick dead. An autopsy revealed that every physical sign of his body indicated he had frozen to death. And yet the refrigeration unit of the car was inoperative, and the temperature inside indicated fifty five degrees. Nick had killed himself by the power of worry.
The dead man is trapped in either a walk in freezer or a refrigerated boxcar, but in neither case does the internal temperature of the container drop to a level that would have threatened his life.
Origins: Can someone really think himself to death? That is the point of this legend: the mind is a powerful thing so powerful that it can kill.
The theme of a physically unharmed victim who passes away only because he believes himself to be dying.

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