People are curious about anything to do with mind control. MK Ultra still reigns in the imagination. Who among us are Manchurian candidates? Is there a real truth serum?
And, of course, I hear a lot of people wonder about hypnosis.
On this list of possible brain hacking techniques is subliminal messaging. Can a quick image, flashed so briefly you don’t consciously see it, influence behaviour?
Well, sure. If you’re satisfied with mediocre results, subliminals are great.
They’ve tested it. Show a movie about, I don’t know, penguins, and flash pictures of bananas between the frames. Then call for a snack break. Lo and behold, more people gravitate towards bananas than the control group.
I mean, sure, if you’re a banana vendor, that’s nothing to be sneezed at.
But the issue with subliminals – from a practical standpoint, ignoring the many ethical issues – is it’s a weak change.
People walk out of that movie hankering for bananas.
Then they go about their day and the suggestion fades.
To make it work, you have to keep topping up the suggestions. If you’re a vast shadow government bent on world domination, maybe you can embed them in every show and billboard. If not, the change is fleeting.
In this way, hypnosis is much better. Twenty minutes of hypnosis can create permanent change. It can wipe out a phobia, destroy a habit or instil any virtue you can imagine.
It doesn’t always move this fast.
But it can.
I know some audios out there use subliminal messaging – or at least claim to, because how could you disprove it? I don’t bother with it. I’d rather give the suggestions to your conscious mind while you’re in a trance.
You can hear the suggestions and rest easy, knowing the audios only have whatever you’re after.
Besides, everyone has different hearing. What’s outside conscious hearing for one person might be well within it for another.
So you can muck around with sounds you can-but-can’t hear…
Or you can begin to create real change.