As severe as nocebo reactions are, there is a good side. They show how powerful the mind is and what a strong effect it has on our body.
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The key to the placebo effect is that the patient expects a good outcome, while in the nocebo effect the expectation is of a bad outcome: I will be pleased versus I will not be pleased.
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