The reality show that was a blatant cult

Plenty of folks think hypnosis only happens on stage, in therapy offices or in strange hidden corners of the world.

They don’t see how it happens every day.

Now, part of the problem is some people say “everything is hypnosis!” while others say “nothing is hypnosis!” If you believe everything is hypnosis, of course you say it happens every day.

Forget about all that.

Even using a middle-of-the-road definition – something like ‘implanting suggestions during an altered, highly suggestible state’ – it’s right in front of you all the time.

I don’t know why I thought of this example recently. It freaked me out at the time, enough for it to stick with me.

It was a snippet from The Biggest Loser. Is that still a thing – the reality show where people compete to lose the most weight?

This was early in the season. The contestants had to do something brutal – maybe haul dozens of truck tyres and throw them into a skip. You know, the sort of thing professional athletes do when they want to push themselves.

Never mind that these couch potatoes would be considered morbidly obese at half their weight…

Anyway, one of these guys – somehow – digs deep enough to carry the team and overcome the challenge. It was impressive to witness happen… and horrifying to see the aftermath.

He breaks himself.

Not physically, although I bet he was hurting the next day.

No, he was a mental wreck.

The moment the challenge ended, he dropped on all fours, openly weeping. Not eyes watering, not a few tears of pain and exhaustion – I mean full on bawling.

One of the personal trainers walks up to him, puts their hand on his heaving shoulder, and says something.

Was it “great job, I’m so proud of you, that was amazing, you’ve earned some rest”?

Haha, nope.

He goes straight into an awful speech, telling this poor man “you know you need to be here, that this show is the only way you’ll lose weight and be happy”.

If you don’t think that’s hypnosis, then you don’t know hypnosis.

And if you don’t think that’s sinister and evil, then you really don’t get it.

The undertone of the show is bad enough:

If you give up your friends, family, job, hobbies, stresses and temptations, and train harder than a professional athlete, anyone can lose weight!

But this?

This was overt cult-level manipulation.

I’m not saying that to be edgy or whatever. Hypnosis is powerful enough you don’t need to exaggerate it. This was taking someone normal, breaking them, then telling them they’ll only be whole again if they drink the diet Kool-Aid.

I doubt any of the big reality shows are/were any better. If you look, you can find plenty of horror stories from whistle-blowers and ex-contestants.

But this?

Not only did they not try to hide the psychological abuse, they revelled in it.

Oh, well – what can you do, right?

Well… you can learn enough hypnosis to spot it in the wild.

Then even more to learn to defend against it.

Anything less and you’ll lose a war you don’t even know you’re fighting.

Few mind training programs focus on this – on defending your mind from these attacks.

Monster Mind Edukaré does, sort of.

If you don’t care about this or don’t believe it’s as bad as I say, you can use it as a supercharged self-improvement program.

If you want to strengthen your mind, though?

Most of the 19 modules (and right from the first one) will make you less vulnerable to unwanted mind hacking and cult tactics like this.

Not immune to them, but a whole lot less susceptible.

Here’s the link:

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