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The Placebo Response and the Power of Unconscious Healing

The Placebo Response and the Power of Unconscious Healing

by Richard Kradin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415956188

ISBN-13: 9780415956185

Pub. Date: 01/03/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Placebo responses are automatic and unconscious and cannot be predicted based on conscious volition. Instead, they reflect complex interactions between the innate reward system of the nervous system and encoded procedural memories and imaginal fantasies. The placebo response contributes inextricably to virtually all therapeutic effects, varies in potency, and

Overview

Placebo responses are automatic and unconscious and cannot be predicted based on conscious volition. Instead, they reflect complex interactions between the innate reward system of the nervous system and encoded procedural memories and imaginal fantasies. The placebo response contributes inextricably to virtually all therapeutic effects, varies in potency, and likely exhibits its own pathologies. The Placebo Response further considers that the critical elements required to provoke placebo responses overlap substantially with what most current psychotherapies consider to be therapeutic, i.e. an interpersonal dynamic rooted in concern, trust and empathy. The potential importance of training caregivers in how to optimize placebo responses is considered a crucial feature of both the art and science of care-giving.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415956185
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/03/2008
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. The Placebo Response: A Matter of Perspective. Sickness and Healing. A Brief History of Medicine and Placebo. Placebo Effects- Who Gets Them? What Do We Know About How Placebos Act? The Anomalous Placebo Response. Placebo and Truth. Harnessing the Placebo Response.

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