Healing in a group is simply more effective than 1:1 treatment

 
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The Power Of Narrative

Why do you love Star Wars so much? How many of your friends read The Hunger Games? How many hours have you spent playing The Legend of Zelda? Most people agree these are great stories because human beings from every epoch and every culture have shared ones just like them with each other. Our psychological desire to organize and share stories about ourselves and our world gives us clarity and perspective.  It requires an audience, which is why we need other people on our path to personal growth and healing.

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The Care Effect

It’s not surprising a Harvard Medical School study reported patients who received more attention from their physician felt better taken care of. And it was interesting to learn that these patients also saw more improvement in their physical health—lower blood pressure, better sleep, and even less cancer-related pain—than their peers on the same treatment plan. But the truly inspiring finding: The doctors who spent more time listening to their patients were also found to be in better mental and physical health than their peers.

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The Love Hormone

Also known as Oxytocin, this hormone is responsible for a lot of positive interpersonal behaviors, including the connection between a mother and her newborn, the supportive relationships between close friends, and even the willingness to die for a comrade. But new research has shown that Oxytocin is also good for your physical health, helping the body more quickly heal wounds, stop headaches and cramps, and even prevent obesity. It’s an amazing molecule, and your brain requires positive interaction with other people to produce it.

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The Biology of Empathy

Also known as Oxytocin, this hormone is responsible for a lot of positive interpersonal behaviors, including the connection between a mother and her newborn, the supportive relationships between close friends, and even the willingness to die for a comrade. But new research has shown that Oxytocin is also good for your physical health, helping the body more quickly heal wounds, stop headaches and cramps, and even prevent obesity. It’s an amazing molecule, and your brain requires positive interaction with other people to produce it.