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The most common use of the notion of cause comes from latin cause (which, in turn, originates from a Greek word) and points to what is considered as the foundation or origin of something .

It can be said that A is the cause of B if the occurrence of A appears accompanied by the occurrence of B while the non-occurrence of B implies that the occurrence of A cannot be found. If A is the cause of B, B is a effect from A .

For example: if a man receives a blow to the face and has a black eye, the blow is the cause of the injury. Similarly, if a storm knocks down a tree, the first is the cause of the fall of the second. In this context, the causes are usually easy to define; However, when emotions come into play, their search is much more complicated.

It is popular knowledge that through psychoanalysis it is possible to find the causes of our problems to begin to solve them; but not everything is as simple as finding that blow to the face, or that storm that ended the life of the tree. Many times, the most obvious answers to the questions of the mind are not enough, since they lead us to new questions, and so on.

The brain has a way of operating that even today has not been 100% understood by scientists; when we try to delve into our pastIt is possible that two things happen: that memories are presented in a distorted way, both positively and negatively; that a certain number of experiences are left out of reach of our memory. How to find the causes of trauma if we are unable to observe clearly and faithfully the events of our own lives?

To overcome the blockage that these walls entail, the first step is to find the causes for which our mind has lifted them; in other words, the journey towards origins of our problems, in most cases, involves taking a few steps back to understand why we do not know them.

The cause may also be the reason or the reason to act . In this case, it is about what drives action: "Che Guevara joined the socialist cause when he met Fidel Castro in Mexico", “When I was a teenager and militant in politics, I was able to give everything for the cause”. The struggle for a cause requires perseverance, of absolute surrender, without fear of the consequences; when victory is achieved, satisfaction seems insurmountable, while a defeat should only push us to get up and keep trying.

Cause can also be the litigation or lawsuit : “The singer started a case against the journalist for slander and insults”, "Romero faced several causes in recent years and ended in ruin".

The legendary actor James Dean was the protagonist of a film entitled "Rebel Without a Cause", filmed in 1955 under the direction of Nicholas Ray; it is currently among the works preserved by the National Registry of Films of North America. Interestingly, despite being an adaptation of the essay psychiatric namesake edited a decade earlier by Robert Lindner (the original book bore the subtitle "Hypnoanalysis of a criminal psychopath"), there is no reference to it during the film.

Another etymological origin of cause leads us to Quechua causay ("Life support" ). In Peru , the cause is a mashed potatoes with chili and lemon that is served cold as entry . The dish is usually accompanied by olives and lettuce.

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