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Mind manipulation
Posted 11/11/13 , edited 11/11/13
Yes, such as suggesting an idea to someone and letting it develop over time.

1. Someone pointing out something that is a fact. Then taking this fact and compare/contrasting with an opinion . Most likely something that you or someone interacts with on a daily basis.

Example 1: "Your brother likes porn. I wouldn't be surprised if he watched hentai".
Example 2: "You haven't been to school. You must be dumb".

2. Repeating number 1 convincingly.

3. Now you think you're dumb and that your brother watches hentai.

It's very easy to manipulate what someone may think. It's even easier if they're naive and open.
Influencing an idea strongly is pretty much mind manipulation. I think this because if someone goes out of their way to mention the same thing in a traumatizing order or way it can make a person develop images and thoughts that aren't their own but someone else's.

I like giving examples because I cannot explain anything right.

Example 1: A group of people calling you ugly at a young age.

Traumatizing and manipulating what you might originally think of yourself. "I am beautiful", is now "I'm ugly".
Posted 11/11/13
Yes it's called Marketing.
Posted 11/11/13 , edited 11/11/13
Your mind absorbs EVERYTHING, from your surroundings to things you're told it makes sense of them, usually in comparison to other objects. It's obvious then that with intent or not you can become susceptible to things people implant in you, if they're already insecure or naive for instance, if a girl was to constantly compare herself to models used to market products she'd start accepting that she is inadequate. Religions manipulate, Advertising manipulates... advertising in particular uses our own psychology against us, that's manipulation because it's forcing us to think incorrectly until we stop fighting it.

Although for hypnotism I think it's slightly different. People with extreme emotions are much more suggestive and therefore likelier to act on the suggestions of their hypnotizer. Eventually everything would fall into complete subjectivity, but manipulation can cause someone to question nothing about what they are being told or question everything about what they think themselves, your mind is wired to the other persons will so we acknowledge all that they've said. Anyway manipulation on grand scales is apparant everywhere... it's so common, I don't think anyone is entirely autonomous since we feed off everything around us... things can become deeply ingrained and hard to reverse.

I can't really be bothered to expand on this because i'm tired but you're unable to rationalize anymore because you're so exposed to the repeated suggestions of something else you rewrite your "code" to that and begin repeating it till you're convinced that it's true, it's a really dangerous thing.
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Posted 11/11/13
Depends one what you mean. Things can be done to the mind to make people think a certain way, though. I believe there was an experiment done with a small child (bare with me). Whenever it interracted with its toys a loud noise was made. The child grew up to fear toys because of the frightening experience it had had surrounding them. Propaganda, that can control people. All sorts of methods exist.
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Posted 11/11/13

Nyuboom wrote:

Yes, such as suggesting an idea to someone and letting it develop over time.

1. Someone pointing out something that is a fact. Then taking this fact and compare/contrasting with an opinion . Most likely something that you or someone interacts with on a daily basis.

Example 1: "Your brother likes porn. I wouldn't be surprised if he watched hentai".
Example 2: "You haven't been to school. You must be dumb".

2. Repeating number 1 convincingly.

3. Now you think you're dumb and that your brother watches hentai.

It's very easy to manipulate what someone may think. It's even easier if they're naive and open.
Influencing an idea strongly is pretty much mind manipulation. I think this because if someone goes out of their way to mention the same thing in a traumatizing order or way it can make a person develop images and thoughts that aren't their own but someone else's.

I like giving examples because I cannot explain anything right.

Example 1: A group of people calling you ugly at a young age.

Traumatizing and manipulating what you might originally think of yourself. "I am beautiful", is now "I'm ugly".


This is true I've seen it happen to some individuals.
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my mother manipulates my little brother all the time. When she thinks he did something wrong she will talk to him in a way. Then he believes and apologizes for something he didn't do. I always hate to see that sad confuse look on his face after she does it.
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EvaanJ wrote:

Do you think such a thing as mind manipulation truly exists? If so, what are your thoughts about it?


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my mother manipulates my little brother all the time. When she thinks he did something wrong she will talk to him in a way. Then he believes and apologizes for something he didn't do. I always hate to see that sad confuse look on his face after she does it.


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Posted 11/12/13
Haha that's funny!
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I just wanted to get your opinions, keep them coming
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Posted 11/12/13 , edited 11/12/13
"Mind control" happens all the time, in various ways. Hypnotism is a real thing, too; however it doesn't work the way many people think. It's not magic. The mind of the recipient determines how well (and if) it works, and whether or not the subject relaxes and allows the hypnotism to occur is incredibly important. Don't expect it to work against someone's will.
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Posted 11/16/13

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Bashment wrote:

my mother manipulates my little brother all the time. When she thinks he did something wrong she will talk to him in a way. Then he believes and apologizes for something he didn't do. I always hate to see that sad confuse look on his face after she does it.




Looks like it's time for the big sister to step up and show him how to confront this.
Posted 11/16/13 , edited 11/16/13

-tion wrote:


Bashment wrote:

my mother manipulates my little brother all the time. When she thinks he did something wrong she will talk to him in a way. Then he believes and apologizes for something he didn't do. I always hate to see that sad confuse look on his face after she does it.




That kid can sense there is something wrong but because he trusts his mother he just goes along with it. He probably forgets easily too. What she's doing is just gonna hurt her in the long run.

I actually think manipulation is stuff of fiction
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Posted 11/16/13 , edited 11/16/13
Yes, mind manipulation exists. Not in the way media has focused on the idea that you can control somebody with supernatural powers.

However, it is possible to manipulate the person's memories. It has been proven. I'm a psychology major, so we've talked about something like this in a class. A concept that some of you may or may know, false memories. This is the idea that a person's memories can be altered by others. This is why some people are wrongly accused because of eye witness being asked questions that can alter their idea (by giving them suggestions to what may have happened).

Here's a link if any of you are interested:

http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_loftus_the_fiction_of_memory.html?utm_medium=on.ted.com-static&utm_source=t.co&utm_campaign=&utm_content=awesm-publisher&awesm=on.ted.com_memory
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