Seeing is believing … right?? Wrong.
It turns out that believing is actual seeing. This has been a popular belief in New Age circles for a while … and now it’s being confirmed by modern science.
The Observer Effect
In physics, the Observer Effect is “the theory that simply observing a situation or phenomenon necessarily changes that phenomenon.” (Source Wikipedia) It has shown us that the simple act of observing an event can completely change the outcome. First discovered in the “Double Slit Experiment”, it has become classic example of particle physics.
Read more about the Double Slit Experiment here.
It is one of the many strange phenomena discovered by Modern Quantum Physics.
The placebo Effect
For many years, medical professionals have been aware of, and often astonished by, the seemingly magical nature of the Placebo Effect. A component of most medical experiments, using placebos is common practice in medical experiments. The placebo effect was discovered when patients, receiving only sugar pills (a way to test the effectiveness of the drug being tested) ended up recovering at equal, or sometimes better rates then their medicated counterparts.
In these experiments, patients would receive the equal care with one group receiving an active drug while the other group received an inert sugar pill. Simply by being told that they were being treated, many individuals experienced spontaneous recovery. In a recent study over 40% of individuals suffering from depression experienced a decrease in symptoms from placebos alone. Traditional antidepressants performed only slightly better, recording symptom reduction in just over 50% of patients. Turns out the power of the mind is quite strong.
Change Your Mind
These cases show how our powerfully our minds can impact our reality. When we begin to grasp the true power of our minds, we realize how important it is to carefully choose what we believe. Once of the most common, and limiting, beliefs is a lack of self worth. This belief can lead to depression, self deprecating behavior, and in extreme cases, self harm. Changing this belief can bring radical positive change and I am eager to empower more people to begin this transformation.
William James: A Verifiable Smart Dude
Get Ready Folks
Over the next few days I will be posting a variety of techniques to change your beliefs, specifically those tied to self worth. I would love to hear from those who have successfully transformed their self image (tell us how you have done it) as well as those who are still struggling (let us know how we can help). With consistent practice, any belief can be changed. It might not always be fun; however, every moment you spend practicing is making a sizable investment in your future. I hope you have the courage to take the first steps down this path; if not, look to the individuals around you for inspiration. We are truly a big family and it’s about time we start acting as such (I’m looking at you fellow Steemians!)
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