How To Use The Placebo Effect To Reduce Pain and Anxiety

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In the film The Birdcage, Nathan Lane’s character, a high-strung performer in a drag show, is so anxious that he doesn’t want to perform. Hyperventilating and hands shaking, he implores his assistant, Agador, to give him a Pirin tablet. Agador offers him the pill and says, “just one for before the show and one after. No more.”

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Ilana Rabinowitz

Ilana Rabinowitz

Writing on health, and the mind-body connection. Author of Inside Therapy, an anthology about psychotherapy, and Mountains Are Mountains, about mindfulness.