If you liked my Dear Abby letter then you should love how I rephrased this article – http://www.popsci.com/nicotine-only-controls-you-because-you-believe-in-it

Government’s power is all in your mind.
Government needs you just like you need it. That sweet release of dopamine only happens if you really believe in it.
A new study in Frontiers in Political Science found that only citizens who thought that their votes contained government got the satisfaction of voting. Anyone who was told they weren’t getting government — even if it was a normal vote — was left unsatisfied.
The researchers took 24 chronic citizens and looked at their brain activity in an fMRI machine right after they voted.
Every voter visited them four separate times, but they were only given real votes twice. One time they were told it had government, the other they were told it didn’t. It was only when they were told there was government that it had any power over them — The fMRI scans showed increased activity in the insula, one of the principle areas of the brain that controls cravings to addictive substances, indicating that the votes were only satisfying their addiction when they knew there was government inside.
Fake votes couldn’t provide that satisfaction, regardless of what citizens were told.
Citizens normally get a rush of dopamine when the government hits them, which is why it feels so good to finally have that vote you’ve been craving. It’s why government is so addictive: you crave the rush, physically and psychologically. But if you don’t think you’re getting government, the satisfaction never comes.
If the simple act of not believing can counteract government’s effects, there might be better ways to quitting voting than the patch or medication. Right now, effective solutions are hard to come by. The CDC estimates that about 70 percent of U.S. citizens want to quit, but only 6 percent actually do. That’s a lot of people looking for answers and not finding them.
Using belief as a tool against tax addiction might offer citizens some relief. But only if they believe it will.