March 16, 2021

Does This Post Make You Terribly Itchy?

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“Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by a tiny burrowing mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. Intense itching occurs in the area where the mite burrows. The urge to scratch may be especially strong at night.

The eight-legged mite that causes Scabies in humans is microscopic. The female mite burrows just beneath your skin and makes a tunnel where it deposits eggs.

The eggs hatch and the mite larvae work their way to the surface of your skin, where they mature and can spread to other areas of your skin or the skin of other people. The itching of scabies results from your body’s allergic reaction to the mites, their eggs, and their waste.”

(Mayo Clinic)

You may be wondering, why am I having you read a description of Scabies from the Mayo Clinic?

Recently some friends discovered that their daughter had caught Scabies. I have heard of Scabies but didn’t know what it is. To learn more, I hit up our old frenemy Google. 

When it comes to medical research, the internet is a horrible and wonderful place! I became super itchy after reading about Scabies. Did you?

Reading a description like this always makes me itchy. It turns out that seeing images of someone hurting themselves produces phantom pain in 29% of respondents. If you are allergic to a cat, just seeing a photo can create real allergy symptoms. We all know that yawns are contagious. And yes, reading about scratching can manifest itchiness.

Psychosomatic – relating to the interaction of mind and body

Oxford Dictionary

Humans are highly suggestible. Often, we don’t notice the connection between our subconscious mind and physical experience. You can utilize this reality in two ways:

  1. Influence yourself
  2. Influence others

Influence Yourself

Multiple studies suggest that viewing nature scenes decreases stress levels. Looking at pictures of happy people can improve your mood considerably. Creating a pleasant work environment can increase productivity and add to an overall sense of well-being. 

Influence Others

When you create a website, physical store, or any other client-facing experience, keep in mind how your choices influence others. 

We recently fave a face-lift to Encompass Counseling Centers homepage; the central area has a peaceful video loop of a forest. We want to impart a feeling of serene care and calm to someone who may be in a moment of heightened stress. Michael and his team excel at creating calm, so the website should reflect and participate in that. 

Think about how you are subconsciously influenced and how you can influence others – but make sure to use this power for good, not evil. 

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