I personally define health as the overall physical and mental well being and the absence of diseases and foreign pathogens that cause your body and brain to be faulty in their function. Factors such as diet, exercise, stress, social relationships, I believe, can affect one’s health whether it is mentally or physically. These are just some of the factors that determine if someone is healthy or not. Illness can be defined as a disease or the absence of it, but relates to one’s personal experience of discomfort by foreign pathogens influencing their brain and body or simply their feelings telling them they are ill. My ideas of health and illness have accumulated since I was at a young age and I believe have been affected by several factors. Some include my family, the society and culture I was born into and also the one I later was introduced into, a variety of media that has evolved and has a huge impact on people’s ideas and beliefs today, the schools I have attended and what I have learned throughout my education, etc. Through personal experience, all factors have influenced my thoughts and ideas on how to define health and illness and continue to do so as I become more knowledgeable. From the conditions that were listed in the activity, some may say certain ones are not considered an illness. I believe every one could be defined as an illness since feeling ill is one’s personal feelings and experience of something. Shyness was one of the conditions. At first I did not constitute it as an illness, but shyness is a personal feeling that your brain triggers when being around social situations and you feel uncomfortable. There are some people who chose to defeat the feeling and others who might make it worse by having many negative thoughts of them and get to a point that the thought is overpowering their brain and they feel “ill”. Spirit possession is another condition mentioned. In our culture if someone believed they were possessed, others might think they have gone insane and consider the individual to be ill and hospitalize them. In other cultures, spirit possession could mean a spirit is trying to communicate with your soul to treat a disease. That spirit could be believed to be a holy spirit that an individual might have prayed to in hopes of being healed. Illness is an internal experience and such feelings vary from culture to culture since beliefs vary as well.