Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Nocebo Effect

You've probably heard about the placebo effect before... but did you know there's an insidious "nocebo effect" that causes harm to people - even though there's nothing real to cause any harm?

It's the kind of thing that will make people feel pain just because a doctor (or someone they trust) tells them so; or that will feel nauseous around WiFi routers just after hearing there are reports of people feeling the same way. And the "fun" part is that these affects do really occur - but only because people will believe they will!

... It just proves just how powerful the human mind is, and how it's best for us to keep a positive attitude than simply believe something will do us harm.

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