The law of attraction is a belief or theory, that “like attracts like,” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. A very well known and well documented example of the law of attraction is the placebo effect, most of which occur in medication trials. Even the most carefully designed double-blinded study almost always yield very measurable placebo improvement; patients who believed they would be affected positively by the medications fared better than those who did not, even when given an inert tablet (often a sugar pill). Less commonly known, though still very valid, is the nocebo effect, which is the term given to side effects and other negative consequences of medications that manifest out of a placebo effect (ie, a negative effect due a to negative image or fear of the medication). Like the placebo effect, the results that contain this type of data are indeed real, and prove very valuable in the study of human psychology.
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