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Some Antipathies an effect of it.       §7. That there are such Associations of them made by Custom in
the Minds of most Men, I think no Body will question who has well
consider’d himself or others; and to this, perhaps, might be justly
attributed most of the Sympathies and Antipathies observable in
Men, which work as strongly, and produce as regular Effects as if
they were Natural, and are therefore called so, though they at first
had no other Original but the accidental Connexion of two Ideas,
which either the strength of the first Impression, or future In-
dulgence so united, that they always afterwards kept company
together in that Man’s Mind, as if they were but one Idea. I say
most of the Antipathies, I do not say all, for some of them are truly
Natural, depend upon our original Constitution, and are born with
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us; but a great part of those which are counted Natural, would have
been known to be from unheeded, though, perhaps, early Im-
pressions, or wanton Phancies at first, which would have been
acknowledged the Original of them if they had been warily ob-
served. A grown Person surfeiting with Honey, no sooner hears
the Name of it, but his Phancy immediately carries Sickness and
Qualms to his Stomach, and he cannot bear the very Idea of it; other
Ideas of Dislike and Sickness, and Vomiting presently accompany it,
and he is disturb’d, but he knows from whence to date this Weak-
ness, and can tell how he got this Indisposition: Had this happen’d
to him, by an over dose of Honey, when a Child, all the same
Effects would have followed, but the Cause would have been mis-
taken, and the Antipathy counted Natural.
Locke Hum II, 33, §7, pp. 396-397