Expectation is everything.

October 19th, 2012

Expectations matter. That’s the premise of science journalist Chris Berdik’s new book, “Mind over Mind.”  And his interview with Scientific American’s “Mind Matters” editor Gareth Cook is worth the read as enticement to learn more about studies on the power of expectations.

While he talks about the placebo effects in medicine, Berdik goes beyond that to cite brain scan results of some remarkable lab and field experiments that demonstrate how an individual’s mindset – mental attitude, beliefs and expectations – creates hormonal changes that lead to behavioral changes.

I’ve talked before about the importance of managing our mental models, because it’s how we interpret and respond to situations that shape our individual experience. And that often just comes down to expectation.

 

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