“To maximize the efficiency of the Negative Alien Agenda’s gradual takeover of the planet through psychological warfare, their goal is to intentionally destroy moderate social norms and humanitarian value systems, in order to covertly infiltrate the main societal organizational structures of humanity. For this reason, those working against humanity and consciousness expansion are desperately trying to shore up the disintegrating and obsolete structures, which brings us to the topic of Absurdism. Absurdism is found within practicing satanism, as it shares a common theoretical template with existentialism and Moral Nihilism. Absurdism is opposed to a spiritual context, holding a fundamental denial of the soul’s existence and purpose, and a total denial of higher consciousness in achieving a higher morality or Perfect Peace. Either in life or death, absurdism states that all that exists is in a state of suffering, which forces people to live in a world where only their immediate needs, desires and wants are important, not their fellow human beings. This philosophy drives the Social Engineering of the Death Culture that is shaped by the NAA, to infuse absurdism into the minds of the masses to have complete disregard for life. Therefore, encouraging rampant killing and deviance, promoting destruction and chaos to become normalized and accepted in societal behavior. This negative behavior repels the inner spirit away from the individual which increases the sensation of personal suffering, which falsely reaffirms the absurdist philosophy. The more chaotic and destructive humanity becomes, the more absurd the outer reality, which allows Loosh to be generated and extracted for satanic agendas.”
As we emerge from a dark aeon, we have a better vantage point from which to view just how decrepit and destructive the thoughtforms of the past mind-controlled reality had become. During this massive shift of the ages these constructs are slowly losing integrity, allowing much more freedom to move out of highly controlled structures and thoughts forms. For this reason, those working against humanity and consciousness expansion are desperately trying to shore up the disintegrating and obsolete structures, which brings us to the topic of Absurdism. Absurdism is found within practicing satanism, as it shares a common theoretical template with existentialism and Moral Nihilism. Absurdism is opposed to a spiritual context, holding a fundamental denial of the soul’s existence and purpose, and a total denial of higher consciousness in achieving a higher morality or Perfect Peace. Either in life or death, absurdism states that all that exists is in a state of suffering, which forces people to live in a world where only their immediate needs, desires and wants are important, not their fellow human beings.
This philosophy drives the Social Engineering of the Death Culture that is shaped by the NAA, to infuse absurdism into the minds of the masses to have complete disregard for life. Therefore, encouraging rampant killing and deviance, promoting destruction and chaos to become normalized and accepted in societal behavior. This negative behavior repels the inner spirit away from the individual which increases the sensation of personal suffering, which falsely reaffirms the absurdist philosophy. The more chaotic and destructive humanity becomes, the more absurd the outer reality, which allows Loosh to be generated and extracted for satanic agendas.
In absurdist philosophy, the Absurd arises out of the fundamental disharmony between the individual’s search for meaning and the meaninglessness of the universe. As beings looking for meaning in a meaningless world, the absurdist philosophers boldly state that humans have three ways of resolving the dilemma. Obviously, none of the three options being presented are inherently spiritual or acknowledge the divine purpose in seeking one’s spiritual lessons in life. Instead, the philosophy of “the Absurd” refers to the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and the human inability to find any.
Accordingly, absurdism is a philosophical school of thought stating that the efforts of humanity to find inherent meaning will ultimately fail (and hence are absurd), because the sheer amount of information as well as the vast realm of the unknown make total certainty impossible. As a philosophy, absurdism further explores the fundamental nature of the Absurd and how individuals, once becoming conscious of the Absurd, should respond to it. The absurdist philosopher Albert Camus stated that individuals should embrace the absurd condition of human existence while also defiantly continuing to explore and search for meaning.
Social Norms Mirror Theatre of the Absurd
To maximize the efficiency of the Negative Alien Agenda’s gradual takeover of the planet through psychological warfare, their goal is to intentionally destroy moderate social norms and humanitarian value systems, in order to covertly infiltrate the main societal organizational structures of humanity. Social Norms are based on familiar understandings that govern the behavior of members in a society. The role of norms as collective consciousness representations, effectively control and guide human behavior through mental representations that inform appropriate behavior. The covert mainstream agenda is to shape social norms into more extremism and fanaticism, to bring forth the Theater of the Absurd and absurdist behavior. Essentially, forming a reality bubble that is devoid of meaning through extinguishing humanitarian values, personal Accountability and common sense, breaking society down into a well-designed parody of tragic comedy.
Absurdism is a philosophical school of thought stating the belief that human beings exist without meaning, purposelessly floating in a chaotic universe. In the culture wars promoting the Theatre of the Absurd, the struggle is the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and God, when there is no meaning or God to be found. The destructive and bloody aftermath of World War II stimulated absurdist views to rationalize human anguish and annihilation, which allowed for its popular development in many of the war-torn social environments. Black Sun Programming took advantage of this vulnerable time in human history to up their game, through advancing Social Engineering experiments into absurdism. Hence, using this same playbook covid became the new religion.
Thus, our 3D world was socially engineered to produce a myopic mental polarization upon gratifying purely physical sensations and indulging excessive materialistic based pursuits, to produce a spiritually bankrupt population. When we look to the outer at this stage of the bifurcation and wonder how humanity got to this point of absurdity, it becomes clearer that this was always the plan of the Controllers. Such a superficial culture is set up to place value on gaining power and control in any way that fosters instant gratification for selfish motivations, rewarding those without Impulse Control or Empathy. When there is no value or meaning given to life, there is no accountability, no moral or ethical consideration towards the consequences of actions that are directly related to radically increasing world pain and human suffering, such as what happened in World War II. Thus, this absurdist social climate intentionally destroys integrity to produce psychopathic behaviors, making it increasingly hard to energetically interact with many of the corrupt 3D systems.
The antidote to the absurdist behavior fueling satanism is to choose to act and behave as an ethical person. Many philosophers of ancient wisdom have written in depth treatise on ethics, morality and virtues, and most all of it has a basis in following Universal Natural Laws, which are guidance mechanisms left for the people. However, there can be no strict adherence to exacting labels that try to define and describe the nature of ethics, as all aspects can be interpreted differently by each and every person. That is why each person must find the true meaning of virtue-based ethics in the contents of their own heart and soul. In closing, we leave you with an inspirational quote by Marcus Aurelius which demonstrates the value of making a difference through being ethical:
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
(Source: Ascension Glossary – Absurdism)
~via EnergeticSynthesis.com – Time Shift Blog – April 5, 2022
“Thanks to the media propaganda, it has created or destroyed social movements, justified wars, tempered financial crisis, spurred on some other ideological currents, endorsed ethnic cleansing and genocide, and even given the phenomenon of media as producers of reality within the collective psyche. Unfortunately, as we are being inundated with all forms of media, there are many unscrupulous tactics to use subtle and not so subtle ways to target people with sophisticated webs of deceptions and mind control. Therefore, we must reeducate ourselves to learn how the media is used as a directed psychological and emotional operation that is used against the public, in order to get the desired results as premeditated and orchestrated by those who are behind spoon feeding and controlling how these messages are being presented. Thus, pay attention, develop strong discernment (develop your b.s. meter), and do your own research to stay awake and aware in these times of great turbulence and powerful change.”
The 10 Strategies of Media Manipulation
1. The Strategy of Distraction
The primary element of social control is the strategy of distraction which is to divert public attention from important issues and changes determined by the political and economic elites, by the technique of flood or flooding continuous distractions and insignificant information. The distraction strategy is also essential to prevent the public interest in accessing the essential knowledge in the areas of science, economics, psychology, neurobiology and cybernetics. “Maintaining public attention diverted away from the real social problems, captivated by matters of no real importance. Keep the public busy, busy, busy, no time to think, back to farm and other animals.” (quote from text Silent Weapons for Quiet War)
2. Create Problems, then offer Solutions
This method is also called problem-reaction-solution. They create a problem, a situation that is referred to cause some reaction in the public or audience, so that this problem is the principal of the steps that they want you to accept. For example: let the problem unfold and intensify urban violence, or arrange for bloody attacks in order that the public is made pliable to accept security laws and policies that are the detriment of personal freedoms. Or: to create an economic crisis and make that acceptable as a necessary evil, while limiting social and human rights, with the dismantling of public services.
3. The Gradual Strategy or Desensitization
To desensitize major issues through cultivating public acceptance to an unacceptable degree, just apply the changes gradually, little by little, over many consecutive years. That is how the radically new socioeconomic conditions (neoliberalism) were imposed during the 1980s and 1990s: the minimal state, privatization, instability, massive unemployment, low wages, and did not guarantee a decent income, so many of these changes would have brought about a revolution, if these changes had been applied all at once. Apply these changes gradually with distractions, in order to desensitize and acclimate people to easily accept these changes.
4. The Strategy of Deferring
Another way to accept an unpopular decision is to present it as painful and necessary, by gaining public acceptance, at the time it will be used for a future application. It is easier to accept that a future sacrifice is necessary than of an immediate slaughter. In the beginning of introducing the idea to the public, people accept it because the effort is not being used immediately. Then, because the public has the tendency to expect naively that everything will be better tomorrow and that the sacrifice required may be avoided in the future. This plays on people’s hope and optimism, getting them to accept something unpleasant in the future. This gives the public more time to get used to the idea of painful changes and accept it with resignation, when the time comes.
5. Go to the Public as a Little Child
Most of the advertising to the general public uses speech, argument, people and particularly children’s intonation, often close to the emotional weakness, as if the viewer were a little child or a mentally deficient. The harder one tries to deceive the viewer, the more it tends to adopt a tone infantilizing. Why? “If one goes to a person as if she had the age of 12 years or less, then, because of suggestion, she tends with a certain probability that a response or reaction also devoid of a critical sense as a person 12 years or younger.” (see Silent Weapons for Quiet War)
6. Use the Emotional Reaction more than the Reflection
Making use of the emotional aspect is a classic technique for causing a short circuit on rational analysis and critical thinking, and finally to short circuit the common sense of the individual. Furthermore, the use of emotional register to open the door to the unconscious mind for implantation or grafting ideas, desires, fears and anxieties, addictions, or inducing certain behaviors.
7. Keep the Public in Ignorance and Mediocrity
Making the public incapable of understanding the technologies and methods that are used to mind control and enslave. “The quality of education given to the lower social classes must be the poor and mediocre as possible so that the gap of ignorance it plans among the lower classes and upper classes is and remains impossible to attain for the lower classes.”(Silent Weapons for Quiet War)
8. To encourage the Public to be Complacent with Mediocrity
Promote the public to believe that it is fashionable to be stupid, vulgar and uneducated. A person can become famous by acting like an vulgar idiot or posting butt or nude shots.
9. Strengthen Self-Blame and Depression
To let individuals blame others for their misfortune, because of the failure of their intelligence, their abilities, or their efforts. So, instead of rebelling against the economic system, or wanting access to education or knowledge, the individual automatically validates their guilt and unworthiness, which creates depression. Depression has the effect to which inhibits any kind of outward action, and generates apathy. When there is no action, and people are apathetic, there is no revolution!
10. Getting to know the Individuals better than they know Themselves
Over the past 50 years, advances of accelerated science and knowledge has generated a growing gap between public knowledge and those owned and operated by the dominant power elites. Thanks to biology, neurobiology and applied psychology, the system has enjoyed a sophisticated understanding of what motivates human beings, both physically and psychologically, perfecting mind control techniques. The system has gotten better acquainted with the common man more than he knows himself. This means that, in most cases, the system exerts greater control and greater power over individuals, because the system has much more knowledge to manipulate others, they know the individual more than the individuals know about themselves.
“The content recorded in Revelations Bible text was never a part of the original Founder Records or the Essene Guardian translations. Instead it was used as an NAA coded bible passage for installing the collective consciousness overlays that instigate the manifestation of the Armageddon Software, to incite terrorism, cataclysm and pestilence, implemented to wreak havoc on earth in order to fully control the end timelines during the Ascension Cycle.”
The Chapter of Revelations in the Christian Bible contains zero content from the original Founder Records, the Yeshua manuscripts or sacred transmissions from God. The Chapter Revelations in the Bible outlines the warped details of activating the pre-planned Armageddon Software at the end of the Ascension cycle, in which assorted negative alien technologies are sequentially implemented to wreak destruction upon the earth surface in order to serve the New World Order objectives of the NAA. The Chapter of Revelations is a blueprint that outlines each step of the intended Negative Aliens completing their takeover invasion of the earth surface, in which the Founder Records are fully destroyed and organized religions and atheism are put in its place. This leaves the entire planetary stargate system under the complete domination of the NAA set-up, and is referred to as worshipping at the Throne of Jehovian Annunaki.
The Four Beasts kneeling before the throne mentioned in Revelations pertain to the Founder’s original genetic records in the planetary grid network that contains the reflection of their consciousness image on the earth, that links to them directly. The Four Living Creatures (Lion, Eagle, Ox, Man) are the most powerful Founder Guardian Consciousness Networks that are interconnected with the entire Planetary Grid and Stargate system. They are the Great White Lion, Sacred Blue Cow, Golden Eagle Grid and the Four Pillars of Man. Through the intended gradual conquering and domination of these specific four Guardian planetary grid networks during the Dark Age, the intention was to slay and serve up these four beasts to be forced to worship at the Throne of Jehovah on their knees. The content recorded in Revelations Bible text was never a part of the original Founder Records or the Essene Guardian translations. Instead it was used as an NAA coded bible passage for installing the collective consciousness overlays that instigate the manifestation of the Armageddon Software, to incite terrorism, cataclysm and pestilence, implemented to wreak havoc on earth in order to fully control the end timelines during the Ascension Cycle. 
Council of Nicaea and Essene Manuscripts
Roman Emperor Constantine ordered his Christian Bishops to organize the first conference in coordination with the Church of Rome, to enact a council to review these secretly stolen Essene manuscripts. The First Council of Nicea is the first recorded worldwide council of the Christian Church in 325AD, which took place in Turkey and was presided over by the Emperor Constantine. History would tell us that the purpose of the Council of Nicaea was to create statements and canons of doctrinal belief with the intent to define what would become fundamental Christian beliefs, establishing the Nicene Creed. Over many hundreds of years these sacred manuscripts from Yeshua’s team were further translated, studied and then falsified, edited, and omitted from revealing important spiritual concepts, as set forth by the decisions made by the powers behind the Council of Nicaea and the Drakonian leadership that had infiltrated the Church of Rome. However, this Council set into motion the ongoing basis for the dogma that would be used for human torture and blood sacrifice made in the name of God. Some of the falsified accounts and twisted truths were actually sourced from the translations made from the holographic discs, and would later be re-copied and written into several manuscripts and into several different languages. The oldest version of this copy from the Nicaean timeline is the Codex Vaticanus which is the oldest Greek manuscript of the New Testament that has been in the Vatican Library since the 15th century. Those manuscripts would eventually form the books that would later become the Canonized Bible. The Bible would then be used for the political motivations of governments and organized religion to continue to enforce these partial truths and patriarchal beliefs set forth by the Annunaki False Gods worldwide, under the guise of uniting the Christian Churches through the written doctrine ordained by God.
Thus, the original content of the earliest translations of the hand written manuscripts and assortment of early Bibles were partially taken from the stolen Essene manuscripts that were translated directly by Yeshua. As a result of the ongoing genocidal agendas, the remaining Essene groups went underground and this knowledge was hidden and continued to be passed on in secret, such as to the Cathar sects. Some of those remaining records are within the contents found in the Nag Hammadi, to which the public has only been given limited access to partial information.
The manuscripts that were in possession of the Church, were embellished with an assortment of falsities, biases, and ongoing edits as transmitted to the human scribes by Annunaki Hybrid Fallen Angelic entities, primarily from the Jehovian collective. The Jehovian collective are the engineers of the crucifixion implants, and helped to design the Bible with Paltering techniques that would fit in with the narrative of their violent religion based on blood sacrifice of the Christos. There have been inexpressible amounts of edits, omissions and revisions made from the translations of these original manuscripts that have been repeatedly copied from Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin and Greek into an assortment of languages and varied interpretations. Bible books and Church doctrines were frequently being commissioned by an assortment of Christian Bishops, Priests, Kings and Rulers throughout the ages since the Yeshua Christos mission. Each translation being influenced and adopted to fit with their own personal beliefs, prejudices and one-sided interests reflected within the demographics, language and the culture active during that particular time.
Roman and Draconian Invasion
Reference from Historical Timeline Trigger Events: 2,000 YA, Draconian infiltrate Greek sacred texts and Italy to build the Church of Rome and spread NAA religious mind control through Catholicism. Retaliation of Christos mission. Collection of Martyr’s blood. 
Be aware of programming tactics used by minions of the New World Order… and the New Age…
NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is one of the world’s most prevalent methods of mind control, used by everyone from sales callers to politicians to media pundits, and it’s nasty to the core. Here’s ten ways to make sure nobody uses it on you… ever.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a method for controlling people’s minds that was invented by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s, became popular in the psychoanalytic, occult and New Age worlds in the 1980s, and advertising, marketing and politics in the 1990s and 2000s. It’s become so interwoven with how people are communicated to and marketed at that its use is largely invisible. It’s also somewhat of a pernicious, devilish force in the world — nearly everybody in the business of influencing people has studied at least some of its techniques. Masters of it are notorious for having a Rasputin-like ability to trick people in incredible ways — most of all themselves.
After explaining a bit about what NLP is and where it came from, I’m going to break down 10 ways to inoculate yourself against its use. You’ll likely be spotting it left, right and center in the media with a few tips on what to look for. Full disclosure: During my 20s, I spent years studying New Age, magical and religious systems for changing consciousness. One of them was NLP. I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum: I’ve had people ruthlessly use NLP to attempt to control me, and I’ve also trained in it and even used it in the advertising world. Despite early fascination, by 2008 or so I had largely come to the conclusion that it’s next to useless — a way of manipulating language that greatly overestimates its own effectiveness as a discipline, really doesn’t achieve much in the way of any kind of lasting change, and contains no real core of respect for people or even true understanding of how people work.
After throwing it to the wayside, however, I became convinced that understanding NLP is crucial simply so that people can resist its use. It’s kind of like PUA thing that was popular in the mid-’00s — a group of a few techniques that worked for a few unscrupulous people until the public figured out what was going on and rejected it, like the body identifying and rejecting foreign material.
What is NLP, and where did it come from?
“Neuro-linguistic programming” is a marketing term for a “science” that two Californians — Richard Bandler and John Grinder — came up with in the 1970s. Bandler was a stoner student at UC Santa Cruz (just like I later was in the ’00s), then a mecca for psychedelics, hippies and radical thinking (now a mecca for Silicon Valley hopefuls). Grinder was at the time an associate professor in linguistics at the university (he had previously served as a Captain in the US Special Forces and in the intelligence community, ahem not that this, you know, is important… aheh…). Together, they worked at modeling the techniques of Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt therapy), family therapist Virginia Satir and, most importantly, the preternaturally gifted hypnotherapist Milton Erikson. Bandler and Grinder sought to reject much of what they saw as the ineffectiveness of talk therapy and cut straight to the heart of what techniques actually worked to produce behavioral change. Inspired by the computer revolution — Bandler was a computer science major — they also sought to develop a psychological programming language for human beings.
What they came up with was a kind of evolution of hypnotherapy — while classical hypnosis depends on techniques for putting patients into suggestive trances (even to the point of losing consciousness on command), NLP is much less heavy-handed: it’s a technique of layering subtle meaning into spoken or written language so that you can implant suggestions into a person’s unconscious mind without them knowing what you’re doing.
Though mainstream therapists rejected NLP as pseudoscientific nonsense (it has been officially peer-reviewed and discredited as an intervention technique — lots more on that here), it nonetheless caught on. It was still the 1970s, and the Human Potential Movement was in full swing — and NLP was the new darling. Immediately building a publishing, speaking and training empire, by 1980 Bandler had made over $800,000 from his creation — he was even being called on to train corporate leaders, the army and the CIA. Self-help gurus like Tony Robbins used NLP techniques to become millionaires in the 1980s (Robbins now has an estimated net worth of $480 million). By the middle of the decade, NLP was such big business that lawsuits and wars had erupted over who had the rights to teach it, or even to use the term “NLP.”
But by that time, Bandler had bigger problems than copyright disputes: he was on trial for the alleged murder of prostitute Corine Christensen in November 1986. The prosecution claimed that Bandler had shot Christensen, 34, point-blank in the face with a .357 Magnum in a drug deal gone bad. According to the press at the time, Bandler had discovered an even better way to get people to like him than NLP — cocaine — and become embroiled in a far darker game, even, than mind control. A much-recommended investigation into the case published by Mother Jones in 1989 opens with these chilling lines:
In the morning Corine Christensen last snorted cocaine, she found herself, straw in hand, looking down the barrel of a .357 Magnum revolver. When the gun exploded, momentarily piercing the autumn stillness, it sent a single bullet on a diagonal path through her left nostril and into her brain.
Christensen slumped over her round oak dining table, bleeding onto its glass top, a loose-leaf notebook, and a slip of yellow memo paper on which she had scrawled, in red ink, DON’T KILL US ALL. Choking, she spit blood onto a wine goblet, a tequila bottle, and the shirt of the man who would be accused of her murder, then slid sideways off the chair and fell on her back. Within minutes she lay still.
As Christensen lay dying, two men left her rented town house in a working-class section of Santa Cruz, California. One was her former boyfriend, James Marino, an admitted cocaine dealer and convicted burglar. The other, Richard Bandler, was known internationally as the co-founder of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a controversial approach to psychology and communication. About 12 hours later, on the evening of November 3, 1986, Richard Bandler was arrested and charged with the murder.
Bandler’s defense was, simply, that Marino had killed Christensen, not him. Many at the time alleged he used NLP techniques on the stand to escape conviction. Yet Bandler was also alleged to actually use a gun in NLP sessions in order to produce dramatic psychological changes in clients — a technique that was later mirrored by Hollywood in the movie Fight Club, in which Brad Pitt’s character pulls a gun on a gas station attendant and threatens to kill him if he doesn’t pursue his dreams in life. That was, many said, Bandler’s MO.
Whatever the truth of the matter, Bandler was indeed let off, and the story was quickly buried — I’ve never spoken to a student of NLP who’s ever heard of the murder case, I’ll note, and I’ve spoken to a lot. The case hardly impeded the growing popularity of NLP, however, which was now big business, working its way not only into the toolkit of psychotherapists but also into nearly every corner of the political and advertising worlds, having grown far beyond the single personage of Richard Bandler, though he continued (and continues) to command outrageous prices for NLP trainings throughout the world.
Today, the techniques of NLP and Ericksonian-style hypnotic writing can be readily seen in the world of Internet marketing, online get-rich-quick schemes and scams (for more on this, see the excellent article Scamworld: ‘Get rich quick’ schemes mutate into an online monster by my friend Joseph Flatley, one of the best articles I’ve ever read on the Web). Their most prominent public usage has likely been by Barack Obama, whose 2008 “Change” campaign was a masterpiece of Ericksonian permissive hypnosis. The celebrity hypnotist and illusionist Derren Brown also demonstrates NLP techniques in his routine.
How exactly does this thing work?
NLP is taught in a pyramid structure, with the more advanced techniques reserved for multi-thousand-dollar seminars. To oversimplify an overcomplicated subject, it more or less works like this: first, the user (or “NLPer,” as NLP people often refer to themselves — and I should note here that the large majority of NLP people, especially those who are primarily therapists, are likely well-meaning) of NLP pays very, very close attention to the person they’re working with. By watching subtle cues like eye movement, skin flush, pupil dilation and nervous tics, a skilled NLP person can quickly determine:
a) What side of the brain a person is predominantly using;
b) What sense (sight, smell, etc.) is most predominant in their brain;
c) How their brain stores and utilizes information (ALL of this can be gleaned from eye movements);
d) When they’re lying or making information up
After this initial round of information gathering, the “NLPer” begins to slowly and subtly mimic the client, taking on not only their body language but also their speech mannerisms, and will begin speaking with language patterns designed to target the client’s primary sense.
An NLP person essentially carefully fakesthe social cues that cause a person to drop their guard and enter a state of openness and suggestibility.
For instance, a person predominantly focused on sight will be spoken to in language using visual metaphors — “Do you see what I’m saying?” — “Look at it this way” — while a person for which hearing is the dominant sense will be spoken to in auditory language — “Hear me out,” — “I’m listening to you closely.”
By mirroring body language and linguistic patterns, the NLPer is attempting to achieve one very specific response: rapport. Rapport is the mental and physiological state that a human enters when they let their social guard down, and it is generally achieved when a person comes to the conclusion that the person they’re talking to is just like them. See how that works, broadly? An NLP person essentially carefully fakes the social cues that cause a person to drop their guard and enter a state of openness and suggestibility.
Once rapport is achieved, the NLPer will then begin subtly leading the interaction. Having mirrored the other person, they can now make subtle changes to actually influence the other person’s behavior. Combined with subtle language patterns, leading questions and a whole slew of other techniques, a skilled NLPer can at this point steer the other person wherever they like, as long as the other person isn’t aware of what’s happening and thinks everything is arising organically, or has given consent. That means it’s actually fairly hard to use NLP to get people to act out-of-character, but it can be used for engineering responses within a person’s normal range of behavior — like donating to a cause, making a decision they were putting off, or going home with you for the night if they might have considered it anyway.
From this point, the NLPer will seek to do two things — elicit and anchor. Eliciting happens when an NLPer uses leading and language to engineer an emotional state — for instance, hunger. Once a state has been elicited, the NLPer can then anchor it with a physical cue — for instance, touching your shoulder. In theory, if done right, the NLPer can then call up the hungry state any time they touch your shoulder in the same way. It’s conditioning, plain and simple.
How can I make sure nobody pulls this horseshit on me?
I’ve had all kinds of people attempt to “NLP” me into submission, including multiple people I’ve worked for over extended periods of time, and even people I’ve been in relationships with. Consequently, I’ve developed a pretty keen immune response to it. I’ve also studied its mechanics very closely, largely to resist the nonsense of said people. Here’s a few key methods I’ve picked up.
1. Be extremely wary of people copying your body language.
If you’re talking to somebody who may be into NLP, and you notice that they’re sitting in exactly the same way as you, or mirroring the way you have your hands, test them by making a few movements and seeing if they do the same thing. Skilled NLPers will be better at masking this than newer ones, but newer ones will always immediately copy the same movement. This is a good time to call people on their shit.
2. Move your eyes in random and unpredictable patterns.
This is freaking hilarious to do to troll NLPers. Especially in the initial stages of rapport induction, an NLP user will be paying incredibly close attention to your eyes. You may think it’s because they’re intensely interested in what you’re saying. They are, but not because they actually care about your thoughts: They’re watching your eye movements to see how you store and access information. In a few minutes, they’ll not only be able to tell when you’re lying or making something up, they’ll also be able to figure out what parts of your brain you’re using when you’re speaking, which can then lead them to be so clued in to what you’re thinking that they almost come across as having some kind of psychic insight into your innermost thoughts. A clever hack for this is just to randomly dart your eyes around — look up to the right, to the left, side to side, down… make it seem natural, but do it randomly and with no pattern. This will drive an NLP person utterly nuts because you’ll be throwing off their calibration.
3. Do not let anybody touch you.
This is pretty obvious and kind of goes without saying in general. But let’s say you’re having a conversation with somebody you know is into NLP, and you find yourself in a heightened emotional state — maybe you start laughing really hard, or get really angry, or something similar — and the person you’re talking to touches you while you’re in that state. They might, for instance, tap you on the shoulder. What just happened? They anchored you so that later, if they want to put you back into the state you were just in, they can (or so the wayward logic of NLP dictates) touch you in the same place. Just be like, Oh hell no — you did not.
4. Be wary of vague language.
One of the primary techniques that NLP took from Milton Erikson is the use of vague language to induce hypnotic trance. Erickson found that the more vague language is, the more it leads people into trance, because there is less that a person is liable to disagree with or react to. Alternately, more specific language will take a person out of trance. (Note Obama’s use of this specific technique in the “Change” campaign, a word so vague that anybody could read anything into it.)
5. Be wary of permissive language.
“Feel free to relax.” — “You’re welcome to test drive this car if you like.” — “You can enjoy this as much as you like.” Watch the f*k out for this. This was a major insight of pre-NLP hypnotists like Erickson: the best way to get somebody to do something, including going into a trance, is by allowing them to give you permission to do so. Because of this, skilled hypnotists will NEVER command you outright to do something — i.e. “Go into a trance.” They WILL say things like “Feel free to become as relaxed as you like.”
6. Be wary of gibberish.
Nonsense phrases like “As you release this feeling more and more you will find yourself moving into present alignment with the sound of your success more and more.” This kind of gibberish is the bread and butter of the pacing-and-leading phase of NLP; the hypnotist isn’t actually saying anything, they’re just trying to program your internal emotional states and move you towards where they want you to go. ALWAYS say “Can you be more specific about that” or “Can you explain exactly what you mean?” This does two things: it interrupts this whole technique, and it also forces the conversation into specific language, breaking the trance-inducing use of vague language we discussed in #4.
7. Read between the lines.
NLP people will consistently use language with hidden or layered meanings. For instance “Diet, nutrition and sleep with me are the most important things, don’t you think?” On the surface, if you heard this sentence quickly, it would seem like an obvious statement that you would probably agree with without much thought. Yes, of course diet, nutrition and sleep are important things, sure, and this person’s really into being healthy, that’s great. But what’s the layered-in message? “Diet, nutrition and sleep with me are the most important things, don’t you think?” Yep, and you just unconsciously agreed to it. Skilled NLPers can be incredibly subtle with this.
8. Watch your attention.
Be very careful about zoning out around NLP people — it’s an invitation to leap in with an unconscious cue. Here’s an example: An NLP user who was attempting to get me to write for his blog for free noticed I appeared not to be paying attention and was looking into the distance, and then started using the technique listed in #7 by talking about how he never has to pay for anything because media outlets send him review copies of books and albums for free. “Everything for free,” he began hissing at me. “I get everything. For. Free.” Obvious, no?
9. Don’t agree to anything.
If you find yourself being led to make a quick decision on something, and feel you’re being steered, leave the situation. Wait 24 hours before making any decisions, especially financial ones. Do NOT let yourself get swept up into making an emotional decision in the spur of the moment. Sales people are armed with NLP techniques specifically for engineering impulse buys. Don’t do it. Leave, and use your rational mind.
10. Trust your intuition.
And the foremost and primary rule: If your gut tells you somebody is fucking with you, or you feel uneasy around them, trust it. NLP people almost always seem “off” — dodgy, or like used car salesmen. Flee, or request they show you the respect of not applying NLP techniques when interacting with you.
Hopefully this short guide will be of assistance to you in resisting this annoying and pernicious modern form of black magic. Take it with you on your phone or a printout next time you’re at a used car sales lot, getting signed up for a gym membership, or watching a politician speak on TV. You’ll easily find yourself surprised how you allow yourself to notice more and more NLP techniques… more and more… don’t you think?
(For more on NLP, check out the book Introducing NLP by Joseph O’Connor or the immensely useful Neuro-Linguistic Programming for Dummies).As a bonus, here’s a great video breaking down the use of NLP techniques by media outlets on both sides of the political spectrum, from FOX News to Stephen Colbert. It gets a bit into Christian conspiracy thinking, but is VERY good information.)
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