It's how voodoo works too. The mere suggestion that one is cursed by the presence of a voodoo doll or what have you, along with the fierce reputation of the voodoo practitioner is what causes the demise of the victim in their own mind. Without the voodoo practitioner's reputation or the suggestion that one has been cursed, the curse becomes way watered down.
The mind has its own protective barriers. If the mind learns to laugh at strife and disease, to "not take their reputations seriously" perhaps it can shrink it the same way? Or all those old people from back in the day you heard about who "never went to a doctor a day their life", who lived into their 80s and 90s without hardly a scratch?
Often too, people will created disease in themselves in order to get sympathy or attention. We all want attention and anthropologists would say it is one of the main motivators of a primate species: attention and belonging to the troop.
Just expoloring some random thoughts about the power of the mind, inspired by White Crane Feather on another thread.
Edited by SSilhouette, 12 August 2014 - 03:46 PM.