A few days ago, I brought up placebos and how well they can work.
Which is frustrating for medical research but awesome for you. A simple sugar pill could be what you need.
I mentioned they have similar effectiveness to antidepressants – although there isn’t a perfect overlap there. Some folks respond to the real medicine, for a certain definition of real, but not the placebo. For others, it’s the other way round. Or they respond to both.
Take from that what you will.
And I hope one of the things you take from it is not an insight but a parcel of questions:
Why do some folks respond to the placebo and not others?
Can you do anything to enhance your receptiveness to placebos?
I know not everyone wants that second one. Certain ideas around medicine run deep. But the wise among you know how brilliant it would be to get your hands on a cheap, side effect-free treatment for just about anything.
And my answer to that question?
An emphatic yes.
Before we dive in, it pays to remember not all placebos are equal.
Here’s what goes into the top-shelf stuff:
One of the biggest ones is the warmth, caring and competence of the… huh. What do you call someone who gives out placebos? ‘Doctor’ only applies if they meant to medical school and give out pharmaceuticals at some point too. Let’s go with placebomancer, because why not.
One of the biggest ones is the warmth, caring and competence of the placebomancer.
When the subject shares their concerns and feels heard, it’s pleasant.
And that pleasant feeling can mask their discomfort and kickstart their natural healing processes.
The environment also plays a role. If you get a placebo from someone dressed as a mechanic in a dingy apartment, it’ll be less effective than from someone in a lab coat in a clinic.
More invasive placebos work better. An injection is more potent than a pill, and placebo surgery is even better still.
Your state of mind matters. If you expect it to work, it’ll work more effectively.
But here’s where a lot of folks go awry with the placebo:
You don’t need to trick yourself here. Deception isn’t necessary. Sure, it might help… but you don’t need it.
Richard Bandler – cocreator of NLP – tells a story where he gave out placebos. He dressed in a white coat, but told everyone he’s not a doctor. He gave them placebo pills in medicine containers, clearly labelled as such. Even so, the theatre of it all made folks feel amazing.
Sometimes, the ritual of the placebo is all you need.
That’s excellent news, if you can’t afford to hire actors to trick you into taking placebos.
And what’s even better?
With regular hypnosis – either with a caring hypnotist or through self-hypnosis – you can increase your susceptibility to placebos. While at the same time building up resistance to nocebos – placebo’s evil twin, where you think you’ve been harmed and your body goes along with it.
Yes, you can do both with the one process.
Training your mind like this is the ultimate adaptogenic therapy, changing its function to give you what you need.
No more, no less.
So why not experience a little of that right now?
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