How long can you stand barefooted in a bucket of ice water? Hadn’t thought about it, had you? Well, believe it or not, a psychological group conducted an experiment several years ago using that very technique to measure people’s capacity to endure pain. They discovered one factor that caused people to stand in the ice water twice as long as others. Can you guess what it was? Encouragement. When another person was present during the experiment to lend support and give encouragement, the sufferers were able to endure pain much longer than those who had to suffer alone.
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