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Re: Partlycloudy

Posted by alexandra_k on September 15, 2018, at 6:42:36

In reply to Re: Partlycloudy alexandra_k, posted by Clearskies on September 14, 2018, at 22:39:33

> Aw, Alex, you are so frustrated! You operate on a different level of intelligence, obviously, than your thesis whoozit lady. Im sorry you have to go through this.

I don't know what it is. Maybe it is that. It might be. I thought she was... Immune... To the gossip brigade. To start with I was like... She's testing me. Because she's trying to train my other panelists (more junior staff). Only, I don't think that is it. And then I'm remembering... And mutual friends... Who were friends of mine... But who did like to get together and gossip (whereaas I really did not)... And I see that she's part of that, yeah.

And one of the guys who is on my panel who took several weeks to read chapter one... To make suggestions... And one of the suggestions was that he thought I was saying that homosexuals should be eliminated from society (because, yeah, I'm totally all bigoted like that, he totally nailes me). And so I can't even hint at what I'm going to say later because he's going to want everything spelled out already at the time... And then my whole crafting...

And suggesting things... Different. For the sake of suggestions...

Is not how things get finished. And it's not my fault that he only got to comment on one chapter. But if he can't keep up...

And I'm done with people telling me to `slow down'. I'm hitting on 40 and people are now starting to say 'it's too late'. Well: more fool me. yeah, I really don't think so. The externalisation psychopath to me is kicking into gear.. Because.. Well.. What the f*ck do people expect when they treat you like an idiot piece of sh*t for so long... Just because they can. Tee hee. More fool me? Yeah... Sure. Something like that...

> So far so good. My mood is starting to come around to agree that Im not depressed as well. Im very impressed, especially given my skepticism for the efficacy of the treatment. (Can the placebo effect overcome that?)

Well that is good. Think about placebo response (and I am not saying that this is placebo response).. But think about placebo response... Is that it is actually pretty darned effective (compared to no treatment). Which is another way of saying that a significant number of people report very genuine improvement. That is why we are so keen to control for it. Because placebo response really is *that good*. It's freaking hard to develop a treatment or a medication that can match it.

But, of course, what works as a placebo for you... Or for me... Might be a bit different. I don't know. I bet a lot of work has been done on how to maximise placebo response (rather than how to eliminate it or control from it). Because it really is *that good*.




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