The world is full of nonsensical people. Those shady self-help pundits and those good-for-nothing seminars which tell us that we can turn our lives around just by using the right words. Tell me, what difference would it make if we say the cheese is spoilt rather than “aged”? I don’t see the logic in it and I certainly don’t see how altering language can alter reality or even a small aspect of our life.
But there’s this one thing: the human mind is a glitched, odd machine. It can be influenced in all sorts of stupid and weird ways that you might never have even thought about. These influential ways are how politicians and salespeople actually trick people into following them and going along with them. They just toy around with words. Science just discovered what these salespeople and politicians have been using on us since forever.
Here are six techniques that can brainwash people as well as your own self. They are creepy but they certainly work.
1. Tricking the mind by repeating opinions
No matter how stupid something might sound, if you keep on repeating it, people will eventually start believing it. You heard something once and if you keep on hearing it again and again, you’ll definitely start believing it even if the source is an idiotic one. If something is repeated over and over again, people start believing it as a commonly held belief in a group, according to a study in psychology. It has a 90% chance of influencing people. Researchers at Michigan University call it memory distortion. Tricking the mind is easier done than said, reversed cliché.
2. Temptation can be resisted by saying “don’t” rather than “can’t”
When you use the word “don’t”, you imply that the object under discussion does not make a significant part of your life. It is something that you have chosen to eliminate yourself, whereas if you use “can’t”, it implies that there is some external barrier which is signifying deprivation. “Don’t” is empowering, so if you use “don’t” in your routine, for example while cutting down on diet and calories, the words empower you as if you have taken the decision yourself. It’s all about tricking the mind.
3. Reduce stress by saying “I’m excited”
If it’s about tricking the mind to overcome stress, two words “I’m excited” have known to work wonders. The “think positive” bullshit you hear around in HR seminars actually has a ring of truth to it. Saying I’m excited before a stressing event actually brings in positivity and once you are positive about something, the kick gets in and the overall affect is reduced anxiety. It makes you perform better at just about anything because the positivity keeps settling in. But you have to say the words out aloud. And if you keep on repeating “I’m excited” over and over again, aren’t you actually tricking the mind to feel relaxed or perhaps accept your opinion, just as it was stated in point number 1 above? Ironic, isn’t it?