The Placebo Effect

Indoctrinatation under times of extreme emotional distress is the most effective way to elicit a desired response (program a behavior) from an individual, as theorized by the Renaissance philosopher Spinoza, subsequently empirically described by Pavlov and Skinner, and practically applied and proved by the Nazis and countless other ideological despots and regimes since time immemorial. 

Societal control by force and terror requires much investment in infrastructure and a resolute commitment towards the use violence, and can otherwise be reduced by the willing submission of those who constitute the collective. Subliminal subconscious programming, through the use of aphorisms, tag lines, creeds, architectural design, language and widely distributed myths and contrived narratives are a much more effecient means of directing the behavior and ultimately the output of any group of human beings. 

We know that 2 out of 10 of us are readily suggestible to what the majority of us would consider overt manipulation, while another 60% of the populace requires a more exhaustive and continual conditioning experience in order for them to willfully submit to the whims of any particular demagoguery. The remaining 20% require more inventive methods to redirect their intrinsic thinking processes and personally held convictions so that their subconscious may be accessible, and enormous resources have and continue to be invested in elucidating strategies for their eventual conformity.

In the development and practical experimental use of any particular drug, placebos (inert drug delivery systems), are employed as an aid to rule out the potentiality of conflicting subjective interpretation of the medications intended efficacy. Responding to a retrospective study of the actual effectiveness of several of the most widely used antidepressants in 2008, the FDA released a statement that most individuals respond no better than placebo to the beneficial reduction of the symptoms of depression and that most of those who currently take antidepressants, should not be doing so. 

It appears that the mere belief in the behavior of complying to a prescribed regimen of Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, etc. alone seems to be enough to abate the symptoms of the often abstract symptoms of our ever growing encyclopedia of psychic “maladies”. 

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