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How to NOT give someone mental illness

Philip Dhingra
Philosophistry
Published in
5 min readMay 19, 2024

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If you wanted to give someone mental illness, how would you do it? You might think to lock someone in a padded room and throw away the key, but is there an easier way? Is it possible to do so just by talking to them, maybe with just one word? You shouldn’t actually do this, but in looking at some recent studies, the answer seems to be a resounding yes. In each of the examples below, all it took was mere exposure to a…

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Philip Dhingra
Philosophistry

Author of Dear Hannah, a cautionary tale about self-improvement. Learn more: philipkd.com