Albert asked in Social SciencePsychology · 2 months ago

Is there a solid explanation to "The Placebo effect"? ?

It almost suggests that the mind is what creates reality. If you believe something enough, that belief enters a special part of the mind that affects reality. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes and the part of the mind is the subjective side

    And it would be fun to see what kinds of things

    It remedies, solely on its own?

    The power of the mind and faith that something 

    Is happening or is about to happen.


    Very Best Wishes


    Source:) Personal views cited

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    No, because it works even if you don't believe it or know it's not real. It's not about belief. It's an immune system response to taking anything.

    FYI, it affects animals too.

    It can't be about a "belief" in the mind of a rat.

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  • 2 months ago

    I think the take-away lesson of it is that emotions can cause changes in brain chemistry, not just the other way around. We say oh he's depressed - he doesn't have enough of neurotransmitter X, let's give him some extra in a pill. What they don't consider is that perhaps his depression is causing the shortage in X, not that he has a "chemical imbalance", as if it were a malfunctioning engine or something.

    • Albert1 month agoReport

      Never looked at it in that light. Interesting.... I'll continue thinking

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  • 2 months ago

    The mind is reality. What comes to mind first is the people who learned to "think off." Without any physical stimulation, they were able to give themselves physical orgasms and ejaculations. What that speaks to is the fact the cells can be stimulated by the cue of being touched, action potential being achieved otherwise, or by the person choosing to have that cell be stimulated mentally.

    Another example you may have noticed if you've been alive long enough is people who are desperately sick will not act sick until they know they are sick. For example, someone may be absolutely normal and fine until they find out they've been living with stage 4 cancer that has spread to their blood 9 months ago and can die at any moment. The very next day they will puke, not get out of bed and die in 5 hours when they went skiing, lifted weights, and had a huge meal just 18 hours before. Perhaps only slightly exaggerated, this effect makes it clear.

    Reality is what you choose to make it. At what point are we delusional about what having cancer (or whatever situation) looks like and play along or are delusional about avoiding a truth is what remains unclear but the very measurable fact a brain and the subsequent human it drives are self-fulfilling.

    Another textbook example is the Stanford prison experiment. Applied to life in general, you don't take risky investments unless you see yourself as a hot shot shark of Wallstreet. You hang you head and mop the floor as a janitor if you feel that way. Down to your behaviors or your very cells, it appears what we think of ourselves becomes truth.

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  • 2 months ago

    It affects perceptions, not reality.

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    • Albert1 month agoReport

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