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Placebo Effect

A placebo is a medical term which is a situation where a simple suggestion or assurance or even administration of a pseudo medication can bring about remarkable changes in the patient.

This is very much applicable to our day today activities, where we tend to react to the various situations around us, be it office or at home. We as individuals should be aware of this fact to assist us in recognizing what we may go through when such a situation confronts us.

Some of the examples of this effect are:

  1. Praises and Scolding
  2. Encouragement and Discouragement

These suggest our self hypnotized mind on how to behave in these situations.

If we are aware of the concept of the Placebo Effect, it would become easier to understand how the mind reacts and thus be able to confront and control our reactions accordingly.

The examples stated above, would surely govern how we feel about work or home or how we even interact with our friends, family or acquaintance or even a common bystander.
Care needs to be taken to ensure that we are aware of what governs us and what we KNOW we are – not BELIEVE we are.

Placebos are also common tools to be used in organizations to calm employees and to maintain integrity in the team. But if wrongly used, it could lead to irreversible disaster to the individual and also to the organization.

To pictorially represent it:

Placebo Effect

Nocebo
It is an effect which is the opposite of the Placebo Effect. Placebo is considered as positive, while Nocebo is considered as negative. It would require a careful mix and match of both the Placebo and Nocebo to run a successful organization. But it is recommended that any/all Nocebo activities are to be avoided and as it is very difficult to control the power of suggestive destruction, this becomes an issue that requires other means of management to resolve it.

To pictorially represent it:

Nocebo Effect

A typical chain reaction is the generation of a rumor. Though it could be based on some fact somewhere, it would get terribly diluted or heightened based on the Placebo or the Nocebo effect on the human mind.

The same is applicable to how quality is also interpreted. Quality should be looked at from its intent perspective and while looking at it, all our believes on Placebo or the Nocebo are to be put aside for an effective interpretation of what quality is all about.

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