An entirely different view can be grasped by considering the placebo effect, which is usually ignored within the mechanical model of researchers such as Baumeister. Consider, for example:
“When given placebos, bald men grow hair, blood pressure drops, warts disappear, ulcers heal, stomach acid levels decrease, colon inflammation decreases, cholesterol levels drop, jaw muscles relax and swelling goes down after dental procedures, brain dopamine levels increase in patients with Parkinson’s disease, white blood cell activity increases, and the brains of people who experience pain relief light up on imaging studies.” (5)
I’m not suggesting these are examples of willpower. What I’m pointing to is the considerable effect of mindset (attitude, belief) on the brain and body. Consciousness isn’t necessarily completely the result of brain activity. And that’s a key element to the breakthrough in using the maximum and sustainable power of your will.
1. “Unconscious cerebral initiative and the role of conscious will in voluntary action.” Libet B (1985) The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 8: 529-566
2. “Neuroscience and Free Will are Rethinking their Divorce.” Dr Christian Jarrett (2016) NYMAG: Science of US.
3. “Self-Control Relies on Glucose as a Limited Energy Source: Willpower is More Than a Metaphor.” Gailliot MT, Baumeister RF (2007) Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 92: 325-336
4. “Does the Brain Consume Additional Glucose During Self-Control Tasks?” Kurzban R (2010) Evolutionary Psychology 8: 244-259
5. Mind Over Medicine by Dr Lisa Rankin (Hay House, 2013), page 11. (In the book there are references to research for each one of these examples.)