Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Power of the Mind 2

Got this from Jeremy.
Have you heard of the Placebo effect?

The placebo effect is the measurable, observable, or felt improvement in health not attributable to treatment. This effect is believed by many people to be due to the placebo itself in some mysterious way. A placebo (Latin for "I shall please") is a medication or treatment believed by the administrator of the treatment to be inert or innocuous. Placebos may be sugar pills or starch pills. Even "fake" surgery and "fake" psychotherapy are considered placebos.

In the 1950s, doctors wanted to investigate if a patient’s belief in a drug actually made a difference to whether or not the drug was effective in bringing about a cure. In one experiment, they gave the patients “sugar pills”. They told them that the medication would be effective in curing their flu and headache. To their surprise, the sugar pills brought about almost the same level of relief as compared to the actual drugs.

What about the Pygmalion effect?

The Pygmalion effect, Rosenthal effect, or more commonly known as the "teacher-expectancy effect" refers to situations in which students perform better than other students simply because they are expected to do so.
The Pygmalion effect requires a student to internalise the expectations of their superiors. It is a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, and in this respect, students with poor expectations internalise their negative label, and those with positive labels succeed accordingly. The Pygmalion Effect within Sociology, is often cited with regards to Education and Social Class.

It was demonstrated by Prof Robert Merton, a professor of Sociology at Columbia University in 1957. He demonstrated how our EXPECTATIONS of other people can create a self-fulling prophecy.
The study involved a teacher who was instructed to teach anew class of gifted students for the next year. What she did not know was that these students has been tested and found to be of low IQ. Not only that, they had behavioural problems. Sure enough she had some problems in the beginning.
But because she believed that they were high IQ students, she figured out that they were not the ones who had problems, but she. She started taking responsibility for their misbehaviour andinnovated in her teaching style, thru encouragement, arousing their curiosity, games and really nurtured them. At the end of the year, their academic grades jumped tremendously. When they retested their IQ, they measured a 20-30 points improvement. She literally created gifted students!
Thanks Jeremy!

The Power of the Mind

Just got back from Zone Meeting. Still thinking about what Jeremy had shared with us on "Mindset". Heard this sharing before but didn't really think about it until now. Having a wrong mindset will not just cause you to make bad decisions but it may cost you your Destiny! That was what happened to the Israelites when they choose to believe the bad reports of the 10 spies. Having the "grasshopper" mindset. Not only did they fail to enter into the promised land, they (a whole generation) missed out on the Great Destiny that God had intended for them!

Truly, our mind is the greatest gift God has given to us and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. We should seek to be "bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. . ." ( 2 Corinthians 10:5 ). It will be one of the greatest assets of our faith when trials & testings come, because then our faith and the Spirit of God will work together. Isn't it true that it was how Adam overcame the animals & storms of nature by using his greatest asset (a Godly mindset) before he fell into sinned?

When we have thoughts and ideas that are worthy of credit to God, learn to compare and associate them with all that happens in nature-the rising and the setting of the sun, the shining of the moon and the stars, and the changing of the seasons. We will begin to see that our thoughts are from God as well, and our mind will no longer be at the mercy of our impulsive thinking, but will always be used in service to God.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
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