作者：沪江英语 2018-08-01 07:00
You've heard of the placebo effect.
But are you aware of the nocebo effect, in which the human body has a negative physical reaction to a suggestive harm?
If someone gives you a cup of sugar water without telling you that it's sugar water and instead tells you that it's something that will make you vomit, chances are high that you're actually gonna vomit.
Your mind has the power to create its own physical reality.
Why do we yawn when we see others yawn?
Throughout history, there have been incidents: the dancing plague of 1518, the Tanganyika laughter epidemic, the Hindu milk miracle.
Some believe they are stress response.
But psychologists call it a conversion disorder, in which the body converts a mental stress to a set of physical symptoms, such as a spasm.
And like any disorder, it can be contagious.
These kinds of collective behavior is not limited to human beings.
What we know is that in certain communities, under certain circumstances, an involuntary physical symptom developed by one person can become viral and spread from person to person until the entire community is affected.
So my question to you is: If the idea of illness can become illness, what else about our reality is actually a disorder?
Sometimes you are not as weak as you think you are.
Sometimes you are not as dumb as you think you are.
To some extend, you yourself can actually decide your own reality.
So don't give up on fighting. Don't give up on having hope.