Posts Tagged ‘psychology’


“Do you have Rizzla?” I heard faintly amid the conversational static on the buzzing terrace of an east-London bar. I didn’t flinch as I cradled my cocktail in both hands. I continued to vacantly peer down at the curves that the liquid made as it hugged those perfectly manufactured cubes of ice. Sat at the end of a wooden bench, I took another sip and poked around the glass with my chewed-up straw, assessing my levels of sobriety. “Do you have Rizzla?” I heard again, this time in a more defined clarity. I glanced over my shoulder to notice Jake patting his coat pockets and apologetically shaking his head at a figure sitting on the other side of the table. I turned away as if slightly disinterested before noisily slurping up the stagnant remains of my drink. Bored, I took one last exploratory look at the group of kids drinking peacefully in the moonlit alley opposite me, before shuffling around to face Jake and the voice. As soon as I had finished awkwardly lifting my coat and arranging myself to fit my legs under the table without having to stand up, an English lad in his late twenties was already staring at me with a rather intense focus when I lifted my head. He raised his fair eyebrows and robustly requested in a somewhat alluring vanity, “Do… you have Rizzla?”  I paused for an instant as my eyes flickered to inspect the large black fleshies he wore in both ears. In a fleeting amount of time I re-affixed his gaze, his eyes a profound, mysterious green which seemed to violate mine with a probing intellect. “Narr I don’t hey, do y’have draw?!” I playfully answered and waited for his reaction. He lowered his head subtly wearing a cowardly smirk before stating, “Yea I do but just for one”. As if I had uncovered some forbidden secret of his intention for that Rizzla, I chuckled boldly and then began tearing into my satchel, throwing things around in vain for a loose paper, knowing quite well that I hadn’t had any in there for some time…

That would be the night I would experience mind control at its most basic and at its best; first hand and free. Hypnotist, let’s call him, Mr M, baffled me, my friends and the others that sheepishly flocked around him for over an hour. Concerns over catching the last tube home after midnight dissolved, as this master of the people persisted to astound and astonish anyone daring enough to “pick a card any card”. I had drawn the Queen of hearts on a piece of paper as Jake (moments later) chose it out of the deck at random. He had written down to the penny exactly how much money Dave had in his wallet before making Jake ‘envision’ the very four digits that would unlock Mr M’s very own iPhone. As much as I marvelled  at his finely-tuned psychological beacon for the suggestible type, I’ve never felt so jealous of how easily he could, quite literally, attach the strings and transform us all into stupid-faced puppets for his very own seemingly morbid pleasure. His casualness and modest assertiveness was lucidly compelling, he was the Pied Piper and we were his rats. Willingly, we all submitted to his paramount supremacy. He was in control, the leader, and we all knew it, whether we liked it or not. I wanted that. I wanted that control, and here I was belittled at my own game, laughing hysterically every time I couldn’t grasp how he did something. We left with tails between our legs, mystified and actually okay with it. Still, I also felt more like a pawn in society than I had ever felt before… well that feeling subsided for a moment while I drunkenly inhaled half a double-whopper-with-cheese outside Burger King shortly after.

Gazing defeated out of the window of bus 25 sometime later, I pondered the idea of free will. Are we as free-willed as we think we are? Do all the decisions I make consciously or unconsciously stem from my own devices? The answer made perfect sense to me now more than ever; of course not. Well at least not half as much as I once believed or anyone else for that matter. Hypnotism like mind reading and the like is often associated with entertainment, trickery and magic, but magic is what we call anything that we can’t explain – until we can explain it. And just like magic, if you do two minutes of research, or watch one episode of Derren Brown, you’ll see that hypnotists are just trained experts in the art of reading people and controlling the circumstance. Put technically, it’s the critical analysis of our most subtle movements and responses sided with the implantation of a series of preliminary instructions and suggestions to lead us to the desired outcome. So, yeah, in layman’s terms… it’s just psychology, ta da! As we’re becoming more understandable, we are just becoming more alterable. Not so magical no, but this means I’m going to have to talk about free will, which is a whole other can of worms that I’ll probably touch on another day. But the last time I checked; I’m a prisoner to my genes, moods, environment, senses, society, past and present, which all influences my future. Your suggestibility (or willingness to comply) will predict your future choices, as hypnotists prove so rightly with their results being too blatantly in-your-face obvious to ignore.

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I always knew… rather, felt, that we are susceptible to what we see, hear, taste and listen to everyday, but with what precision and to what extent? Thus my fascination and indifference with the media was born. The media is the most powerful entity on Earth and its blatant control over the masses is overwhelmingly obvious yet eerily disregarded. The media controls what the world sees and how it sees it, so basically, any blank slated mind out there will be naturally inclined to believe practically anything it sees without questioning its reliability. The media is a magnifying glass that can blow events out of proportion, overlook them or kill them as soon as it roams elsewhere. Life is only in the spotlight. So really, what you are being shown is what they want you to see. What about the things you don’t see? Argh, but who cares right? We all know that right? But you all know what that means don’t you? You’re thoughts aren’t necessarily your own. Being ‘out of the loop’ is one of the most daunting things for most people these days… why? Because the media has successfully imbedded itself into our most basic human needs; to be socially accepted and to share experience. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the rest are so successful because we neeeed to see what other people are doing in order to judge the success of our own lives by comparing it with ‘your mates’. If you live in the jungle and nobody else knows about gangnam style, or another gruesome school massacre, you won’t have to either and for fuck sake, you’d all be the lucky ones.


“Turn off that bloody idiot box!” my mum would say while my dad sat glazed faced in his arm chair with a bottle handy for hours on end. Like a mute protest in my bones that has only recently been realised, I felt I always knew that there was something peculiar about television. As a kid I indulged like any other, but if I’m not learning something useful from it, my attention span for it these days is shorter than that of a 3 year old with ADHD.

The inexorable appeal of staring at a television set in my opinion is birth’d from our yearning to transcend our minds, or ‘fire-gaze’ like early humans did.  In other words, to escape truth, silence the conversations in your head and to numb that incessant void that arises in your chest at the end of each personally unfulfilled day… well for some anyway. I believe this because of obvious reasons, durr it’s relaxing no doubt and ideal for those who find it easy to ‘switch off’ with an episode of “The Only Way is Essex” or “The X Factor”. Good for you. But if you’re one of the unlucky ones and was blessed with a mercilessly scattered, analytic mind that tirelessly thirsts for understanding, it becomes more of a struggle than a pleasure to sit idly by whilst voices bruise your ears and suck up your precious time. But then why is it so calming for others? Of course it’s got to do with the affect it has on our brains? But how many people actually sit there questioning it with, “hmm I wonder why I’m so engrossed in this poorly made series with actors that I am clearly aware are acting,” as they watch another episode of Home & Away where someone is in hospital every week. How many of those people just promptly shrug it off and continue to gaze zombie-like at other people living out premeditated existences, or envy those who chase their dreams instead of picking up their own dust-blanketed instruments? What about those who get engulfed by epic news stories about mind numbing shite (The Sun, The Sun, The Sun) where we all laugh at the fickleness of what we read, yet read it, trust it and pass it on. The tragic abuse of how global events are delivered to us as news is hauntingly intoxicating. Where the clever selection and omission of what to report and how they report it is always overlooked. With the right choice of pictures and words they can turn the tables on who’s a saint and who’s a sinner, what’s “shocking” and what’s “inspiring”. Not to mention the over-glorified talent shows who caress their viewers with a sense of crucial importance as a key player in the outcome of a ‘healthy competition’ between people like pawns on a chess board.

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How often have you found yourself staring vacantly at the TV screen, seemingly losing sense of time and place? Or for those who know the feeling of ‘tuning out’ on a long drive and feeling like God when you’ve travelled 20 minutes without realising it and haven’t hit a tree. We’ve all worked somewhere where little thought is required, where only laborious repetition is… did you hate it as much as I did when your focus came flooding back? Wishing you could just stay in that state until home time? Mundanely strapping elastic bands around stacks of newspapers one by one goes quicker when you find yourself zoning in and out in the process… believe me. Turns out this happens when we actually stop thinking consciously and revert to our more animalistic and automated mind. Obviously this idle state of mind happens naturally but can also be achieved by clever manipulation. Ultimately, it’s simpler than you would care to know, but as humans being the powerhouses of erratic and constant thought, it just doesn’t happen naturally on a regular basis.

So when you stop all thought and analysis and your mind goes blank, this produces an altered state of consciousness or the hypnotic state of mind.  The keys in achieving this suggestible state of mind are distraction and repetition. We all know of the flashing lights, words and repeated sounds in television commercials that never cease to annoy and lull you into submission. Well the lights are the distraction for your eyes to lock on to. You may not know either (because it’s also not consciously perceived) that while the TV screen appears static, it actually flickers. Any repeated light or sound pattern can seduce you into this altered state where your brain relegates itself from the thoughtful, logical and analytical state to the reactive animalistic state. While watching TV, activity from the left side of your brain transfers to the right and from the outer evolved regions to the inner, known as the reptile brain. The left side of the brain is associated with logical, critical thought and the right emotionally uncritical. Hypnotists (being trained in basic human psychology) know this and use a patterned speech by punctuating it with pacing and inflections in tone to amazingly achieve the very same thing. This state of mind is the state where you are most susceptible to mental programming because it influences your unconscious… something that most of us still don’t really believe or fully understand because we’re not aware of its importance, after all, it only helps us to um… breathe and all the rest. Once you’ve succumbed to the hypnotists’ suggestion, or from your television screen per se, logical resistance to the message is reduced, leaving your subconscious open for anything. Whether you are told to forget your name or that you must buy that product at low, low prices.

The few cubic centimetres inside our heads that we think we own, are being violated, and yet we’re not shocked when we hear about it, nor do we question it, and most of us aren’t even aware of it. Do you even really care though? That we are being bombarded with suggestion from practically everyone and everything on a daily basis with the media being at the core of our fundamental thinking? Probably not, but at least knowing the importance and power of your subconcious can help you to acccept other people’s prejudices as much as your own. You just have to understand and accept your own mental hiccups and weaknesses too, which ultimately should make you less abrasive when your moral make-up clashes with someone else’s somewhat alien beliefs. Whether it be religious or something simple that your parents ingrained into you as a child… I still don’t eat the ends of my bananas in fears of contracting some exotic mosquito virus, thanks mum.

 All in all, what the conscious mind believes, the subconscious acts on, just like a computer. Even if the information is wrong. If a person believes it on a subconscious level, it will still act on it. Your subconscious will automatically and involuntarily reject information that is not currently held in line with previously accepted thoughts and beliefs. Many people don’t question these deeply entrenched thoughts, even if the source is reliable. Cults, movements, governing bodies, ideas and religion all are seemingly never questioned even if facts and information are shown to them to prove otherwise. Even whilst reading this you’re battling with your subconscious thoughts and either agreeing or denying what I am telling you is true; true as in what can be tested and seen. At the end of the day you will walk away either accepting or denying what you’ve read, but only if you want to know more will you research it for yourself. We generally will believe information that is carefully timed and presented by a respective authority, and by authority I mean is anyone who is an ‘authority’ in your eyes. The level of how successful the message is delivered into the subconscious of somebody depends on two factors; trust in the source and repetition to embed it into subconscious. If you trust somebody you are also submitting to their idea and their direction, this can be dangerous – love is blind. This tapping into subconscious causes you to accept the information as true without even thinking about it when it is presented again – a conditioned and automatic response. You don’t know me, I’m just another person with a blog. I’m not a reliable source, but you will trust more in what I say if it aligns with what you previously think. And to be honest, I’m not really appealing to a broad crowd, so if you’re reading this still, we probably share many of the same opinions anyway.


So who are your trusted authorities? How much do you trust their philosophies? How much do you doubt your own? How many ideas actually stem from your own factual research and conclusions? Even if you think it’s obvious not to put your faith in politicians, presenters and the like, you still feel as though they wouldn’t want to purposely mislead you, well maybe not politicians. But we’re still inclined to trust them, as they have the tools to deliver the info and we’ve got the laziness to accept it.  Yet people in positions of power are still just people, like you, with the same biases, demons and fallibilities as the rest of us.

Did you ever think about when newscasters and politicians sometimes raise sheets of paper when they speak? Well… that can be seen as the distraction no? All the while information is delivered verbally with hypnotic rhythm, punctuated by changes in pacing, volume and tone. A hypnotist speaks with the same confidence and authority, so whether they are looking directly into the camera at the audience or into the eye of their subject, it works the same way. The capacity to lie with a picture and be undetected is more powerful than ever with modern technology. Is it possible that all verbal and non-verbal communication has been defined and reduced to a code that can be manipulated? Is it really possible to program the masses into a population that is highly suggestible and can be controlled with precision?

Think about how we are educated. Schools are institutions that demand respect, trust and confidence. Remember when you were a child reading a book. The printed words were the distraction while you focused on the content. You didn’t have a reason to believe that the information being programmed to your elementary truths may be false, so you accepted it as true even if you didn’t understand it. Then, study it and repeat. How much are you certain of is actually true? Like George Orwell said “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” With our past and presents being heavily influenced by different factors, our futures are far more predictable than we’d ever like to admit. The pressure to accept what is shown to you as true determines your grades, and your future. The greater your compliance, the better chance you have for a comfortably independent life. Educating the young is more of a mental conditioning, whether the intention is pure or not. We all know we need an education for the world we live in, and all humans have the innate desire to know, so are they really teaching the right things? Why is philosophy and innovative free-thinking topics not taught from a young age and thought restricting subjects like religion still are? Where the cold hard truth can be embellished with seductive promises of compensation in an imaginary world beyond the grave. Is education really used to condition our minds for what comes later? Could they really be eliminating the difference between propaganda and education by doing so? Could we really be subject to wave upon wave of information disguised as facts into knowledge and dispensed with ulterior motives? Has education become more political and social rather than academic? Nooo… could George Orwell be more right than we would ever want to imagine?


Power has always been to the music too and Plato had even said that music had an order: “first, music moves the emotions: second, it gives pleasure: third, it disposes toward moral goodness; and fourth, it disposes toward learning. Repetition of sounds distracts the mind and even more so when lyrics are not distinguishable. When you don’t understand what is being said, you cannot consciously choose to accept or reject it leaving you open for mental programming. Sound affects our blood pressure, body chemistry, breathing and digestion. Fast music speeds up the nervous system, while slow music slows it down. Low tones vibrate in lower parts of body and high tones in the upper body and head. Sounds that cannot be heard still affect us. Much of today’s music is built around low and heavy bass patterns which are often louder than the melody. These loud, low-frequency vibrations and the driving beat affect the pituitary gland which produces hormones that control male and female sexual responses. Music is then made to feeeel good. The rest is left up to what kind of message wants to be delivered. No wonder why thousands of Britons listed their religion as heavy metal last year and have you heard those lyrics? I’d rather be brainwashed by The Beatles… cheers fella’s.

 We are susceptible to mental programming whether we want to be or not. When you think you want something back from society, could it be that they have told you that you want it? Take crime for example. They can create the problem (let’s say, an increase in crime) then make it appear that violence is an acceptable way of problem solving by the way it’s portrayed.  Then, create an opposition to the problem in our minds by instilling fear and anxiety in the public so we demand for a solution. While we are mentally confused, (emotional stress means judgment is impaired and suggestibility is heightened) they can offer us that solution, even when restrictions are placed on our individual rights. This makes it appear that we are now better off rather than being further confined or further taxed for more police. Time after time we allow our rights to be diminished without knowing its ramifications.  This will therefore bring about changes that would otherwise be impossible without premeditated psychological conditioning. The introduction of CCTV in London trains is just the next step of keeping an extra close watchful eye on us, not so much for “our safety” as they put it I’d imagine. Do you like knowing that you can be seen approximately 300 times a day in London? Still, the exact statistics related to public surveillance remain ever elusive…

The desire of controlling people is the absolute control of information. What you think can therefore be controlled by controlling information. Before we speak, they heard, and before we knew, they were setting it up for us. Practising conditioning of mind on the masses is not a legitimate function of government; it is rather the hallmark of tyranny. Telling us what we are and what we want means the obliteration of the self and the oppression of independent thought. Good government should know the objective of life and administer that accordingly. If they don’t know, they are incapable of offering a peaceful society and will deliberately and successfully, undermine the real meaning of life; the spiritual one. And when I say spiritual, I mean the fundamental basis of our existence; where life is meant for understanding and where real knowledge is the understanding of yourself and others. The meaning of life is to give life a meaning.  So where competition reigns supreme and when money and acquisition are delicately entwined to the one thing that we alldesire – our freedom, we will continue to walk over each other in hopes of feeling free. Our problems cannot be solved by material things yet the gnawing, unwholesome hunger for possession persuades us to perpetually work, fight, and compete in order to show off our liberty by what we own. Like a hopeless fancy, I yearn for utter freedom to ponder, create and enjoy life on a simplistic level. The answers however, it appears, lie outside the borders of my imagination.  Like a parched man endlessly pursuing a mirage on a desert horizon, our desperate hunt for the elusive idea of freedom will prevail, even though it doesn’t exist.