Ibn Sina's fear experiment
By Faisal Amjad

Why negativity is more harmful than you think

Published in: Health
Date: 04 / 08 / 20

The famous scholar of the Islamic Golden Age, Ibn Sina once conducted a medical experiment. He put two identical lambs in two separate cages, and he placed a wolf in one of the side cages. The wolf could only be seen by ONE of the lambs and the other was placed out of sight.

Months after, the lamb who could see the wolf died out of sheer stress and fear, even though the wolf did not physically go near or even threaten the lamb. The other lamb that had not seen the wolf lived on healthily and in good spirits.

This experiment showed the power and effects of mental influence on our health and body. Fear, anxiety, stress and negativity does nothing but harm — even if we don’t realise the damage it is doing to us internally.

Filter out negativity in the media. It's killing you from within. 


Avicenna, “Concerning the Soul”, in F. Rahman, Avicenna’s Psychology: An English Translation of Kitab Al-Najat, Book II, Chapter VI with Historico-Philosophical Notes and Textual Improvements to the Cairo Edition (Wesport, Conn.: Hyperion Press, Inc., 1981, Reprint of 1952 Oxford University Press edition), p. 30

Faisal Amjad

About the author

A lifelong learner, avid reader and passionate writer, I am the founder of KNOW and a serial entrepreneur.
I am a huge believer in personal development and am also the co-founder of Muslim CEO.

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