Either you realize it or not, want it or not, your mind is being manipulated and controlled by others each and every moment of your life. In fact, your mind is being controlled by me at this very moment. Wanted proof? You are still reading the text, aren’t you? That’s the art of mind manupilation – how to manipulate people’s mind.
Even though I tried my best to come up with the best title for this post, it could still be somehow misleading. So, before we go any further, let me set the limit to our discussion. No, we will not talk about voodoo-ish kind of mind manupilation. Maybe more like science-based psychological-ish kind. Not to the hardcore level of brainwashing, but simple tricks people use every day to their peers or even their larger environment – mass mind manipulation.
Another note that I would like to add, you might notice that there are many misspelled words: manupilation. I do this deliberately to go after that commonly misspelled word in search engine. So, I apologize, and please bear with me.
Experiments on Mind Control
You see, the human mind is full of loopholes. There are lots of scientific experiments conducted to proof this. One of them is Solomon Asch experiment in 1957. For those who are curious about the experiment, a quick search will tell you more. But here’s a YouTube video to give you a picture. There are tons more from where it came from.
People who know how to manipulate people’s mind and understand about this, can (and surely will) take advantage of their knowledge. While the unknowns are sitting ducks – ready and able to follow every ‘command’ given to them. From a simple ‘do this’ to the level of ‘kill them’. Some for the ‘good cause’ (or at least that is what the doers believe), some for ‘other causes’.
I have demonstrated one of the mind control tricks clearly from the very beginning. If you are reading this far, then the method works. They say curiosity kills the cat, but this time, it keeps you reading.
Emotion is the easiest pick. Make people (believe they would be) very happy and they would do anything for you. Make them feel guilty and they would do anything for you. You can also use fear – fear of losing or fear of not getting something they want – to achieve the same goal.
Everybody has their own authoritative figures: parents, kings, an ugly boss who always shouts, religious leaders, celebrities, cool guy on the basketball team, society, gods, prophets, Bill Gates. You can use people’s obedience to authoritative figures to make them taking – or not taking – some actions. No matter how absurd it is.
They usually go something like, “Build the pyramid!”, or “Finish this 3 thousand pages report by tomorrow morning, you @#$%^&*!!”, or “Love thy enemy.”. Other variations are “Don’t hang out with them. Those geeks will not have a successful life.”, or “Everybody else uses this bloated – resource-hogging – virus friendly OS, so you should too!”
And here’s an experiment of my own, would you want to know how to live 30 hours a day?