Possible Reasons Why Some People Heal and Others Don’t

There is no simple or magical method to make a patient believe in the treatment he receives.

The success of the placebo response depends mainly on the individual’s state of heart and mind and whether he has a good reason to believe in his doctor.

Placebo is a Latin word, which translates as “I shall please.”

If something pleases you, it automatically triggers the release of pleasure hormones in your body, which means that in the event of an illness, you are likely to experience a healing response.

In the field of medicine, the placebo effect is a phenomenon described as a measure for testing the efficacy of new drugs or therapies (Andreas Moritz; Timeless Secret of Health and Rejuvenation).

The following three paragraphs describe three major categories of personality, which may determine your success or lack of it in overcoming a serious or life-threatening illness:

The first category:

  • You feel depressed about everything in your life.
  • You blame others and circumstances for your suffering.
  • You are not happy when others are satisfied and joyful because they reflect on you and even intensify the sense that something is missing in your own life.
  • So, seeing other people being happy makes you feel worse.
  • You lack enthusiasm and self-esteem and your outlook on life is rather dismal.
  • You get angry even without having to have a specific reason.
  • Many times, you feel you don’t like yourself or even put yourself down in front of others.
  • You frequently say things like, “Whatever I try doesn’t work for me,” or, “I knew it from the beginning that the medicine wouldn’t be able to help me.”
  • You were unhappy most of your life and you try not to remember your past.
  • You give up easily and justify your failure by saying, “It’s too difficult,” or, “Nobody cares about me anyway.”
  • You feel life has not much to offer and you see no real purpose in living.
  • You prefer to hang out with friends who also feel as depressed as you do.

The second category:

  • You are a fighter and you are not willing to give up.
  • Your determination gets you through periods of pain and agony.
  • You desperately want to live and you frequently say something like, “I am going to beat it” or “I am not allowing this to get me down.”
  • However, deep inside, you are scared and you are afraid of not being successful.
  • You often feel lonely and create doubts in your mind.

The third category:

  • You are easygoing and relaxed.
  • You feel that your disease is not a coincidence or even a reason to become angry.
  • You interpret illness as an important sign or lesson that may enforce major changes in your life that you were not willing to make before.
  • You are not in a desperate hurry to get rid of the disease and prefer to go through the rough periods consciously.
  • Your attitude to the disease is not a negative one even though it makes you feel uncomfortable and suffer.
  • You listen to the “messages” your body is sending you and you learn from them.
  • You accept responsibility for having created this situation yourself but you don’t have feelings of guilt.
  • The idea that you give meaning to everything in your life positive or negative is not a theoretical concept but a practical way of life for you.
  • You are grateful to yourself and others for having arranged your life the way it is at this present moment.
  • You believe in a higher purpose in life and trust that you are taken care of in one way or another.
  • Every moment is a precious opportunity for growth and learning about life and self-empowerment.
  • Death is not a frightening issue for you because you know that there is a special purpose in dying as well.
  • You are involved in spiritual practices such as meditation, visualization, and bodywork.
  • You feel that the disease will disappear by itself once you have learned the accompanying lesson(s) and are ready to embrace the necessary changes in your life.

The possibilities of the three categories of people


  • As you may have guessed, persons who are in Category 3 or have similar personality traits are better candidates for healing themselves than those in Categories 1 and 2.
  • A person in category 3 has no reason to believe that a medicine or a treatment would not work, he simply knows within himself that in one way or another, he is going to get better.
  • If one approach to healing does not work for him, he won’t feel disappointed but will have enough motivation to look for alternative solutions.
  • If nothing from the outside seems to heal his illness, he is likely to realize that he has to do it from the inside.
  • He will eventually know that the ultimate healer lies within.


  • While a person in category 2 has a good chance of recovery due to his positive attitude, he may nevertheless undermine the placebo effect by reserving a slight doubt in the back of his mind, “just in case”
  • Trying to think positively is motivated by fear and is, therefore, not good enough to trigger a healing response.
  • He may be sending out two contradictory signals to his body/mind:
  • “Yes, I am going to get better with this new drug!” and “But what am I going to do if it doesn’t work for me?”
  • The positive attitude is cancelled out by fear-based doubt.
  • Doubt or fear is a form of energy.
  • If fear motivates or drives your action, this fear is manifesting exactly what you are afraid of.


  • A person in category 1 has hardly any self-esteem and spends all his energy accusing others or blaming fate for his deplorable situation.
  • He is not capable of triggering the placebo response.
  • Hence, he may remain chronically ill unless he begins to value himself and re-evaluate his life.
  • Many times, disease manifests as a test to find out how much we value ourselves.
  • You can only have as much faith in a drug, a medical treatment, or even God as you have in yourself.
  • A low self-esteem lacks in self-trust.
  • And trust in oneself is the necessary element to trigger the placebo response, which is needed to cure any disease.

This connection works also when the healing response is caused by an outer source such as another person, such as a therapist or a healer.

The success that hands-on healing or praying can have for a sick person is the result of a two-way process but largely depends on the patient’s receptivity, self-esteem, and deserving ability.

If he believes that he deserves to be healed, his body and mind become more receptive to the healing energies.

For an increasing number of people, natural forms of healing are much more likely to trigger a healing response than standard medical procedures,

This explains the current tremendous interest in alternative or complementary forms of medicine.


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