Sheeple (a portmanteau of “sheep” and “people”) is a term of disparagement in which people are likened to sheep, a herd animal. The term is used to describe those who voluntarily acquiesce to a suggestion without critical analysis or research. By doing so, they undermine their own individuality and may willingly give up their rights. — Wikipedia
Reading through email spam or the classified advertisements in a progressive newspaper, one may find offers for everything from assertiveness
The basics of Mind Control are as ancient as mankind itself. Convincing someone to adopt an idea or perform a task is commonplace in every family. Children begin learning how to rationalize, peer pressure, beg, bribe, bully, guilt, or resort to any number of other tactics including blackmail and all out violent assault in order to get their way. As author Eric Schlosser notes in Fast Food Nation, James U. McNeal, a leading authority in marketing to children, “classifies juvenile nagging tactics into seven major categories” in his 1992 book Kids As Consumers:
A pleading nag is one accompanied by repetitions of words like “please” or “mom, mom, mom.” A persistent nag involves constant requests for the coveted product and may include the phrase “I’m gonna ask just one more time.” Forceful nags are extremely pushy and may include subtle threats, like “Well, then, I’ll go and ask Dad.” Demonstrative nags are the most high-risk, often characterized by full-blown tantrums in public places, breath-holding, tears, a refusal to leave the store. Sugar-coated nags promise affection in return for a purchase and my rely on seemingly heartfelt declarations like “You’re the best dad in the world.” Threatening nags are youth forms of blackmail, vows of eternal hatred and of running away if something isn’t bought. Pity nags claim the child will be heartbroken, teased, or socially stunted if the parent refuses to buy a certain
An increasing number of teens and young adults are beginning to hone these skills in order to control family, friends and coworkers. As behaviorist B.F. Skinner explains in his book Walden Two:
We make continual efforts to control each other – teachers to control their students, students to control their teachers; parents to control their children, children to control their parents; friends and lovers, governments and citizens, all are engaged in this enterprise – but we do it poorly, haphazardly, because we don’t understand what we’re doing and even refuse to acknowledge the truth of our
“Flicking through some of the saner sections of neuro-linguistic programming texts (minus the new age content) brings up the subtle use of language and body-language to influence other people,” states United Kingdom Defense Contractor “Mom” in personal correspondence. One method of this technique is through
Mirroring fosters a sense of ease or trust. Courting couples tend to do this intuitively (watch dating couples and see how they mirror things like sipping coffee, taking a bite of food, etc.) but it can be used as a way of making the mirrored party susceptible to persuasion. By doing the opposite to mirroring, the other party can be made ill-at-ease and be less amenable to persuasion (basically it rubs them up the wrong way).
Annie Finnigan reports on body language for Women’s Day magazine:
“Up to 80% of what we communicate is nonverbal,” says Joe Navarro, a former FBI agent turned nonverbal communication expert and author of What Every Body Is Saying. That means every gesture, look, mouth twitch, eyebrow raise, even the way we stand sends a
message.…We relate to people in three ways: verbally (with words), vocally (tone of voice), and visually (body language), says Albert Mehrabian, PhD, emeritus professor of psychology at UCLA and author of Silent Messages. But the three V’s don’t always line up.…“If there’s an inconsistency between the verbal, vocal and visual, our words give off the least information,” he says. “Our facial expressions play the greatest role.”…
“Poker players are good at hiding nonverbal cues,” [says poker champion Annie Duke]. “But I always watch them very closely, and if I see them blinking fast, licking their lips or flashing a quick grimace before they smile, chances are they’re
Mom points out entertainer
Mom also notes a Mind Control game that primes players based upon their personality: conformists will end up visualizing one image (e.g., an elephant in Denmark) while nonconformists will see another (e.g., an emu in Dubai). This phenomenon may be found in simpler form per a circulating email that has the reader calculate the number six several times then asks for a vegetable. It claims 98% of readers will choose carrot.
From its application in the classroom to its use in the workplace, psychology has become a hot topic. The discipline is even finding its way into homes. Television programs like “Nanny 911″ and “Supernanny” demonstrate what the power of a little Mind Control can do. The children on these shows would surely be required by schools to take a
Doctor José Delgado wrote in his 1969 treatise Physical Control of the Mind about Brain implants:
The contrast between the fast pace of technological evolution and our limited advances in the understanding and control of human behavior is creating a growing danger. We are facing a situation in which vast amounts of accumulated destructive power are at the disposal of brains which have not yet learned to be wise enough to solve economic conflicts and ideological antagonisms intelligently. The “balance of terror” existing in the present world reflects the discrepancy between the awesome technology and the underdeveloped wisdom of
And in the introduction to Delgado’s book, Ruth Nanda Anshen notes that:
Man has entered a new era of evolutionary history, one in which rapid change is a dominant
consequence.…He must now better appreciate this fact and then develop the wisdom to direct the process toward his fulfillment rather than toward his destruction.…By intelligent intervention in the evolutionary process man has greatly accelerated and greatly expanded the range of his possibilities. But he has not changed the basic fact that it remains a trial and error process, with the danger of taking paths that lead to sterility of mind and heart, moral apathy and intellectual inertia; and even producing social dinosaurs unfit to live in an evolving world.11
A documentary at the YouTube.com website, “The CFR Controlled Media Cabal (Part 3),” reports:
The human mind is like a computer no matter how efficient it may be. It’s reliability is only as great as the information fed into it. If it is possible to control the input of the human mind, then no matter how intelligent a person may be, it’s entirely possible to program what he will think; and yes, it’s even possible to program people to laugh at the mere mention of the word
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1 Assertiveness Training Websites, SelfGrowth.com: The Online Self Improvement Community, at http://www.selfgrowth.com/assert.html (retrieved: 3 January 2011).
2 Sexual Domination Hypnosis, Google search, at http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=sexual+domination+hypnosis (retrieved: 3 January 2011).
3 Subliminal Software – Subliminal Messages & Self Hypnosis Software!, Subliminal-Power.com, at http://www.subliminal-power.com/mind/ (retrieved: 3 January 2011).
4 Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (New York: HarperCollins, 2002, 2001), p. 44.
5 Harvey Mindess, Makers of Psychology: The Personal Factor (New York: Human Sciences Press, Inc., 1988), p. 101.
6 Mirroring (psychology), Wikipedia.org, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirroring_(psychology) (retrieved: 3 January 2011).
7 Annie Finnigan, “Body Language — Explained: Learn how to decode the unspoken messages people send your way,” Woman’s Day, at http://www.womansday.com/life/etiquette-manners/reading-body-language (retrieved: 16 February 2012).
8 Derren Brown, at http://www.derrenbrown.co.uk/ (retrieved: quoted March 2006; 3 January 2011).
9 Hutchens, A. L., & Hynd, G. W. (1987). Medications and the school age child and adolescent: A review. School Psychology Bulletin, 16, 527 542; in David Sue, Derald Sue, & Stanley Sue, Understanding Abnormal Behavior, 4th ed. (Mass: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1994), p. 512.
10 José Delgado, Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society (New York, NY: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1969), p. 14.
11 Ruth Nanda Anshen, “World Perspectives: What This Series Means,” in Ibidem, pp. xi-xii.
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