When we communicate with our patients, we communicate in words, actions, as well as in our non verbals. These “non verbals” include our feelings, vibes and beliefs.
If we believe, feel, or send out the “vibes” that they are not going to get better, they may pick up on that. These feelings or beliefs can be “transferred” through ways like empathy perhaps. These may then impact them in negative ways like the nocebo effects.
If we believe, feel, or send out the “vibes” that they are going to get better, they may pick up on that too. This may then give them a sense of hope and possibilities. This may then impact them in more positive ways like the placebo effect.
Counseling is not just about a set of things to say or do. It’s about how we can guide people with our own feelings of compassion for self and others, helpful beliefs, ￼hope, optimism, and a sense of possibilities.
These concepts and ideas can be very useful in parenting work too. Helping parents to be mindful of their own feelings and beliefs about their children can transform parenting in positive ways.