Placebo Effect Research

Placebo Effect Research

Beliefs

Belief is the oldest medicine known to man. Today
scientists are beginning to see The Placebo Effect as a window into the
Neurochemical Mechanisms, that connect the mind with the body. It’s my
hypothesis that this affect plays a much larger role than just how the
body deals with pain and disease, but can also affect our beliefs, and
our abilities to change our lives. If by creating expectations, our
minds have the power to change and eliminate chronic physical diseases,
than doesn’t it follow, that we should also be able to change chronic
mental beliefs, that hold us back from living truly self-fulfilling
lives.

The Importance of Theater

Humans have
participated in Theater since the beginning of time. First it was the
Shaman and the Chiefs, who just like good performers are able to draw us
in, until we feel they are real, they too would go to great lengths to
create a Theater to draw us in. Nothing has changed today, as we observe
what great lengths people go to create Theaters, like Medicine (
Hospitals), Law (Courts), Religion (Church), Finance (Banks), and even
Health (Gyms). All designed to create expectations in our minds, to draw
us into believing, what they are selling.

Are we Tricking the Mind

We need to look at the Placebo Effect as being a loose family of different phenomena, consisting of the following components.

  • Time; It’s irrelevant
  • Create a Confirmation Bias; Changing the focus, paying attention to signs of improvement
  • Hawthorne Effect; changing of behaviors when you know you are being watched
  • Expectations; raised because you surrounded by believers and fellow travelers
  • Learning; Seeing others progress through following proscribed steps, seeing others become proficient or skilled
  • Social Learning; Learn to associate success by taking actions
  • Human Connection; The intangibles like warmth and empathy of others, sense of community makes people feel better
  • Communication; Duration of interaction and the communication of positive expectations
  • Show Progress; reward and acknowledge every milestone

The
least understood aspect of Placebo Effect reseach, is how environment
and the rituals and encounters that are designed to change our
experiences, actually change our subjective view of the world. It comes
down to what our beliefs are about success and failure, what they mean
to each individual. And though many don’t believe it will work, they
still unconsciously expect it to.

Scientists Don’t Know

The
fact is, that there exists beyond ourselves, and our consciousness, a
powerful force that we can tap into, if we believe strongly enough, in
ourselves. By being patient with ourselves, to be willing to learn, and
to challenge long established mental paradigms about ourselves and our
capabilities, we will suddenly realize, that we have it in our power, to
do whatever we want. Enjoy the journey, look at each problem like a
puzzle, and you’ll be amazed at what you can do.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

 

 

 

 

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