If you sit in an area where you hear a particular set of ideas, even if you aren’t paying attention and consciously “hearing” them, they still have profound influence and warping of your thoughts, even though it is not something that you are conscious of.  Principle is called neurolinguistic programming.  Which is why advertising works and why it is a multi-billion dollar a year industry.

So the idea that those 20 years of sitting daydreaming in Reverend Wright’s pew while he harranged and spewed forth and then to expect that there was no warping of those exposed, is just so much spin.


About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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5 Responses to Un-scathed

  1. Mrs. AL says:

    I have always had to monitor carefully what I listen to, etc. I am somewhat vulnerable to this type of thing. That’s why I am so darned careful. I have literally walked out of places where the little hairs on the back of my neck stood up. In the end, my instincts have always proven to be on target.

    IMO, this is a very significant post, Drrik. Most folks aren’t even aware of NP. Husband person used N mapping during interrogations. It’s possible I employed some of the principles during my career, though they weren’t labeled such.


    • drrik says:

      You can be in the room totally engaged in something else, daydreaming, dozing, wondering if everyone noticed how good you look with your new suit and shoes, while the speaker drones on about how “Plunge works fast” or “”Cascade leaves your dishes spotless” or “God DAMN America”, then later when you go to make a conscious, supposedly unbiased decision or choice, your hand is swayed over to select the green box on the shelf, or pick up the gold bottle, or sign the socialist/fascist bill and you will be telling yourself that it is a logical rational decision without any undue influence. And you will believe it. And the advertizers and the community organizers and the government puppetmasters laugh all the way to the bank.

      • Mrs. AL says:

        Ouch … my work in qualitative marketing research included helping clients communicate more effectively with their target audiences. Personally, I saw no evidence of it being as easy as you describe above to get people to make purchases.

      • drrik says:

        Didn’t mean to imply it was easy. Folks do polls and studies all over the place to try to determine the effects of even subtle changes. Because there are effects. Some of them subtle and in need of study. Some of them as unsubtle as a sledge hammer.

  2. Mrs. AL says:

    Of course one must remember that back in my day, most people didn’t have cell phones, laptop computers, there was no such thing as social media sites like Facebook or even blogging like we are doing now. So I see your point.

    (Oh but we did have Holiday Inn Expresses and cable TV)

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